Summer Funding Program

Summerfunding 1500x500




The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development has been monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on summer experiences. Based on the limited opportunities for in-person summer experience, the original application deadline of April 21 has been extended until July 1, 2020. 

As a reminder, the Career Development Summer Funding Program is intended to provide funding to support expenses related to food, transportation, and housing that are incurred as a result of a student participating in an unpaid or low paid summer internship experience. Virtual experiences would not typically be eligible for funding as they do not incur these expenses. The Summer Funding Program is not available as an option for income replacement.

Please be advised that students participating in summer experiences do so at their own risk. Students are advised to evaluate health and safety conditions with any summer experience, particularly related to COVID-19. Funding support through the University does not constitute endorsement of the health and safety conditions at a particular location.

The Career Development Summer Funding Program application is now closed. If you have secured a summer experience after July 1, 2020 and are seeking funding support to cover expenses as a result of pursuing your summer experience, please contact the Center for Career Development at to inquire if funds are available. 

Thanks to Notre Dame benefactors, approximately $350,000 is available for students to participate in low pay or no pay summer internships. The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development offers the Summer Funding Program to support Notre Dame undergraduate students during their summer experiences. This program is intended to alleviate the living costs incurred as a result of participating in a summer experience crucial to career success.

Program at a Glance

  • Funds are intended to support food, transportation, and housing expenses incurred as a result of accepting an internship.
  • Only qualifying experiences will be considered for funding support.
  • Each funding application is reviewed by the committee and selected recipients are sponsored through one of the program funds. Students only need to complete one application. 
  • Paid and unpaid interns have different maximum award amounts.
  • Preference will be given to students eligible for financial aid, unpaid interns, and juniors participating in their final summer opportunity.
  • Funding is not guaranteed for any applicants.

Timeline: (CHANGED DUE TO COVID-19 - see notation above)

  • Complete the application by the updated deadline - July 1, 2020. 
  • All award notices will be sent out within 3 weeks of submission date
  • Reflection essays, thank you letters, and surveys are due to the Career Development Summer Funding Program team at the end of summer

Eligibility and Steps to Apply


  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student returning to Notre Dame following their internship to complete their degree. 
  • Applicants must have an internship/research offer that is relevant to their post-graduate career goals when submitting the funding application.
  • Volunteer programs or internships set up by a third-party and/or program fees are not eligible to receive funding. 
  • Internship/research duties must be consistent with the student’s level of education, related to their area of study and consistent with their post-graduate career plans.
  • Employment must be on a full-time basis (30-40 hours per week) for at least 3 weeks or longer in the United States or abroad.
    • If your summer experience is under 8 weeks for domestic experiences and 7 weeks for international experiences, this is considered an extenuating circumstance and must be clearly articulated in your application.
  • All funds are to cover food, transportation, and housing expenses incurred as a result of participating in the internship. Virtual and/or remote summer experiences are not eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program, as the funding award must be used to cover expenses related to transportation, food, and housing.
    • Unpaid interns are eligible to receive up to $3,500 (small stipends up to $500 per month are considered unpaid). The $3,500 award amount is determined based on an 8-week internship experience and will be prorated based on a weekly basis for internships less than 8 weeks.
    • Paid interns are eligible to receive up to $1,000.

If you find that you are ineligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program, you may be interested in considering one of the many grants and/or funding options at Notre Dame. Follow this link to learn more.

Steps to Apply

  1. Confirm Eligibility by reviewing the Eligibility Requirements and completing the Eligibility Quiz
  2. Read – The Tax Implications Letter explains how receipt of this award may affect your taxes
  3. Complete and submit the online application

Application includes:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement Video –  record 1 response via Big Interview and paste the response recording url link into application
  • Biographical Information – basic information about the applicant (name, major, etc.)
  • Waiver and Program Guidelines – agree to the policies of the Career Development Summer Funding Program throughout the internship
  • Expense Sheet – use the application format to itemize weekly anticipated food, housing, and transportation expenses
  • Employer Verification Form – This form is required for submission. 

International Internships – If an experience outside of the USA is awarded funds, it is MANDATORY to complete the Travel Safety 101 Course and the Travel Registry Form. Funds will not be released to the recipient if they do not complete these requirements. The Center for Career Development requires that all students agree to comply with the Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy as governed by Notre Dame International

Recipients of Financial Aid – All applicants receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid to confirm that these funds will not have any possible impact on their financial aid package. We will consider funding students regardless of the support level financial aid provides.

Committee Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Quality of the experience as related to the applicant's career goals
  • Quality and thorough due diligence when completing all aspects of the application
  • Preference is given to juniors as it is their last opportunity to participate in an internship
  • Students who are eligible to receive financial aid also will receive preference 
  • The review committees take into consideration if an applicant has previously applied for funding

Career Development Summer Funding Program Guidelines

Timing and Allocation of Funds

  • Funding awards are allocated in a lump sum amount, and distributed around Finals Week in the Spring. Abroad students will work with the Career Development Summer Funding Team to determine receipt options.
  • A student submits only one application per cycle (academic break), and the Review Committee considers them for all funds they are eligible for up to the maximum award amount. Fund selection is at the discretion of the Review Committee based on fund restrictions.
  • Students must note on their application if they are applying for additional funding through other Notre Dame resources. If other campus sources select a student for an award that is equal or greater than the maximum award from the Career Development Summer Funding Program, then the student must withdraw their application. Failure to notify the Funding Team of other funding awards or applications to campus sources results in automatic disqualification from that funding award cycle.

Use of Funds

  • Awards are for food, transportation, and housing costs incurred as a result of participating in an eligible internship/research opportunity. The award is not a supplement for an internship salary or service to Notre Dame. Any internship employment issues are between the student and their internship employer, not the student and Notre Dame. Similarly, any funding questions must be directed to the Career Development Summer Funding Program Team and not the student’s employer.
  • The Career Development Summer Funding Program does not cover or reimburse program fees or interview travel expenses. If program costs are bundled for an experience, an itemized cost sheet must be attached to the funding application. 
  • Rent paid to a family member must be explained in detail or it will not be considered as a viable expense for funding support.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Career Development Summer Funding Team and return unused money either from incompletion of the agreed internship or if there are leftover funds due to budget and expenditure differences. Failure to notify the Career Development Summer Funding Team of extra funds or an incomplete internship results in being blocked from Handshake and requires an in-person meeting with a Career Counselor.
  • Each award is to support a specific experience outlined in the application. If a student opts to pursue a different internship than what is indicated on the application they will be removed from the applicant pool or their award will be revoked.

Recipient Expectations

  • During: Represent Notre Dame by engaging in the internship at the highest level of performance and follow student conduct guidelines as written in du Lac.
  • Post-internship: Complete a survey, write a thank you letter, write a reflection paper outlining how the internship impacted their future career plans, whether it was an impetus to changing career plans, how it connected with academic studies, and how valuable the funding was to the experience. Reflection papers, thank you letters, and survey results are shared with each student's specific benefactor.
  • Post-internship/graduation: Complete occasional surveys about career path decisions so the Career Development Summer Funding Team can calculate the impact these funds have on student success.


The University and the Center for Career Development Funding Program may add to, delete or amend these policies at any time. Any updates will be posted on The Center for Career Development website and it is the applicant’s responsibility to review changes at this location.

International Internship Resources

Any student receiving financial or programmatic support from Notre Dame must complete the International Travel Registry through Notre Dame International and attend a Heath and Safety Summit. Here are additional Notre Dame websites and information to consider addressing before traveling abroad:

  • Review these resources provided by Notre Dame International
  • All University funded students are required to have insurance coverage. See details linked here.
  • When traveling abroad make sure you have addressed any health issues by visiting the Notre Dame Travel Abroad Nurse at University Health Services. Click here to make an appointment or learn more. 
  • When accepting an international internship, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have addressed all VISA and Work Authorization requirements with your prospective employer and applicable government agencies
  • For additional insights into understanding different cultures and living abroad please visit NDI's resources here

Funds Supporting the Career Development Funding Program

Thank you to all our benefactors who make this funding program possible for undergraduate students:

  • Archer Family Endowment for Undergraduate Internships: supporting undergraduate students participating in summer internships - provided through the generosity of the Archer Family
  • Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program: supporting students in the College of Arts and Letters participating in summer internships- provided through the generosity of the Aviles, McGlinn Shields, Rogers, Schlehuber, and Smetana Families
  • Class of 2009 Senior Legacy Unpaid Internship Fund: supporting students with an unpaid internship - gifted by the Class of 2009 Senior Class Legacy Gift
  • DeSalvo Family Undergraduate Internship Fund: supporting students participating in a summer internship - provided through the generosity of the DeSalvo family
  • Moynihan Catholic Charities Intern Fund: supporting students who intern at Catholic Charities USA - provided through the generosity of the Moynihan Family
  • Notre Dame California Internship Fund: supporting undergraduate students interning in California - provided through the generosity of a Notre Dame alumnus
  • Student Athlete Summer Career Experience Funds: supporting student athletes participating in a summer experience - provided through the generosity of the Brumm, Gluck, Graham, Murphy, and Rask families

Each funding application is reviewed by the committee and selected recipients are sponsored through one of the above funds. A student only needs to apply with one application to be considered for all qualified funds.

All students who have secured a summer experience should also consider pursuing the President's Circle Mentor Program. Pursuing a mentorship opportunity over the summer will help to enhance your summer learning experience through facilitated one-on-one conversations with a personalized mentor. 

The University and the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development reserves the right to modify the Career Development Summer Funding Program requirements and policies at any time. Any updates will be posted on this webpage and it is the applicant's responsibility to review this site for changes.


Hear about Pedro's Funding experience: