Eligibility Requirements for Career Development Summer Funding Program

Determine your eligibility for the Career Development Summer Funding Program by reviewing the many categories that affect student's eligibility statuses.

 

Eligible

Not Eligible

Class standing

The Career Development Summer Funding Program is exclusively for Notre Dame undergraduate students. Undergraduate students that are enrolled at Notre Dame may be eligible.

Graduate students, graduating seniors, and anyone that is not enrolled as a full-time Notre Dame undergraduate student.

Type of experience

Experience that requires some college education that provides training, mentoring, and supervision to aid students in skill development. The most common types of experiences that students have pursued in the past are unpaid/paid internships and supervised summer research.*

An experience that is not supervised. An example of this is a research opportunity that is completely independently conducted.**

Hours per week

The summer experience must be considered full-time to be eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program. The Center for Career Development considers any opportunity that is 30 hours per week or more to be a full-time opportunity.**

Summer experiences that are 29 hours or less per week is not considered a full-time opportunity. Therefore, it would not be considered as an eligible opportunity to qualify for the Career Development Summer Funding Program.

Length of experience

The summer experience must be at least 3 weeks or longer. Short-term funds may be available based on a student's proposed summer experience, however, students with full internship experiences of 8+ weeks for domestic experiences and 7+ weeks for international experiences will receive preference in funding decisions

Domestic summer experience that is less than 3 weeks is not eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program.

  • Any summer experience under 8 weeks for domestic experiences and 7 weeks for international experiences are considered extenuating circumstances and must 

Relevance to career goals

To be eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program, students must be able to indicate how their summer experience relates to their post-grad career goals.  Applicants that cannot articulate how their summer experience is relevant to their post-grad career goals will not be eligible for funding.

Paid/unpaid experiences

Both paid and unpaid summer experiences are eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program. 

  • Paid interns may be eligible to receive up to $1,000.
  • Unpaid interns may be 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.
Expenses incurred from summer experiences coordinated by a third-party are not eligible to receive funding from the Career Development Summer Funding Program.

Political summer opportunities

Students who are not involved in any political campaigning on behalf of or in support of a political candidate are likely eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program. Students who are involved in any political campaigning on behalf or in support of a political candidate are not eligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program. For more information, please review the University and Political Campaigns Policies and Guidelines.

*You must have secured an offer when submitting your application.
**Students must be supervised in person, therefore, virtual and remote summer experiences will not be eligible.
 

Career Development Summer Funding Program student applications are read on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed after the final deadline. Please contact careerdevelopment@nd.edu with any questions regarding eligibility for the Career Development Summer Funding Program.

As the Career Development Summer Funding Program is only intended to cover expenses occurred (transportation, food, and housing) and does not subsidize students in lieu of pay, all virtual and/or remote internship opportunities are considered ineligible for the Career Development Summer Funding Program. 

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. 

Please complete this 12 question Eligibility Quiz. You will receive more information about your eligibility status within 4 business days of completion.