Funding Your Internship

The Career Center offers the Internship Funding Program to support Notre Dame undergraduate students during their summer internship experiences. This funding program is intended to alleviate the living costs incurred by a student as a result of participating in an internship crucial to their career success.

Process at a Glance
Funding Timeline
Eligibility and Steps to Apply
International Internship Steps
Essay Prompt
10 Tips and Program Specifics
Other Funding Sources on Campus

Funds Supporting the Internship Funding Program

Thank you to all our benefactors who make this funding program possible.

  • Archer Family Endowment for Undergraduate Internships: Provided through the generosity of the Archer Family to support undergraduate students participating in summer internships
  • Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program: Provided through the generosity of the Aviles, McGlinn Shields, Rogers, and Schlehuber Families for students in the College of Arts and Letters
  • Class of 2009 Senior Legacy Unpaid Internship Fund: Provided by the Class of 2009 Senior Class Legacy Gift for all students with an unpaid internship
  • DeSalvo Family Undergraduate Internship Fund: Provided through the generosity of the DeSalvo family to support undergraduates participating in a summer internship
  • Moynihan Catholic Charities Intern Fund: Provided through the generous support of the Moynihan Family to support Notre Dame students who intern at Catholic Charities USA
  • Notre Dame California Internship Fund: Provided through the generosity of a Notre Dame alumnus for undergraduate students interning in California
  • President’s Circle Fund: Provided for all students through the generosity of key alumni who are members of the prestigious President’s Circle
  • Soenen Endowment for Entrepreneurial Internships: Provided through the generosity of the Soenen Family for students interning at a start-up or entrepreneurial company
  • Student Affairs Internship Support Fund: Provided through the Division of Student Affairs at Notre Dame for students of all majors
  • Student Athlete Summer Career Experience Funds: Provided by the Brumm, Gluck, Murphy, and Rask families for student-athletes
  • Non-Traditional Time Frame Fund: A highly competitive fund available for two types of students with internships shorter than 8 weeks: for juniors abroad with an internship during the winter semester or for students with an unyielding circumstance which confines the duration of their summer internship to a minimum of 4 weeks and in exigent circumstances 3 weeks. You must apply one month prior to the start of the internship.

Each funding application is reviewed by committee and selected recipients are sponsored through one of the above funds.

Process at a Glance

  • Meet with Career Center Funding Staff to confirm eligibility: schedule an appointment online
  • Complete online application by deadline: Summer 2018 = April 15, 2018, Winter break = applications are due 6 weeks prior to the start of the internship
  • Funds are distributed in one lump sum check for the purpose of helping cover food, transportation, and housing expenses during an internship experience
  • Paid and unpaid interns have different maximum award amounts
  • Read all of the details below for eligibility and tips


  • Students can make an appointment with The Career Center at any point in the school year
  • April 15, 2018 – Deadline to submit application
  • Last week of class 2018 – Review Committees will email decisions
  • Finals Week May 2018 – Funding checks will be ready for pick up
  • Reflection essays and surveys are due to the Review Committee at the end of summer

Application Process


  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student returning to Notre Dame following their internship to complete their degree.
  • Applicants must have an internship offer in order to apply for funding. Volunteer programs are not eligible.
  • Internship duties must be consistent with the student’s level of education, related to his/her 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 8 weeks in the United States or 7 weeks abroad.
    • If an internship is shorter than 8 weeks, but longer than 3 weeks, it may qualify for funding. Please set up an appointment with a member of The Career Center’s Funding Program team to confirm eligibility.
  • All funds are to cover food, transportation, and housing expenses incurred as a result of participating in the internship.
    • Unpaid interns are eligible to receive up to $3,500
    • Paid interns are eligible to receive up to $1,000
    • California interns are automatically considered for the Notre Dame California Fund. Unpaid California internships may receive up to $5,000. A paid internship maximum award is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Only one application is needed to be considered for all qualified funds.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Schedule online or call The Career Center at 574-631-5200 – Set up a 20 minute appointment with a member of the Funding Program team to discuss eligibility and application procedures. If you are studying abroad, you must schedule an online appointment. Your application will not be considered unless you attend this meeting.
  2. Read – The Tax Implications Letter explains how receipt of this award may affect your taxes.
  3. Complete and submit the online application – Submissions must be in by 11:59pm EST on April 15th, 2018.  The application includes:
    • Application Form – basic biographical information
    • Resume – please have this reviewed at The Career Center prior to submission
    • Essay – use the prompt below to write a two page essay
    • Waiver – confirm you will uphold the policies of the Funding Program and act in accordance with du Lac throughout your internship
    • Expense Sheet – itemize the food, housing, and transportation expenses you will incur
    • Employer Verification Form – You cannot submit your application unless your employer completes this online form. See the Employer Verification FAQ if you are having troubles submitting this form.
  4. International Internships – Your travel must first be approved by Notre Dame International before we can award you funding. Receive approval by submitting an online Request for International Travel to the Notre Dame International Office explaining your internship location and duration. Instructions for submitting the Request for International Travel Form are part of our online funding application. It is strongly recommended that you attend a Notre Dame International Safety Summit as well. 
  5. 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 fund students regardless of the support level financial aid provides.

Application Website Link:

Essay Prompt:

This essay should provide more information to the review committees about how your internship impacts and connects to your future plans.

  • Describe the organization, roles and responsibilities you will have as an intern
  • Specifically explain your learning objectives for the summer, focusing on:
    1. How the internship will help you develop knowledge and skills specific to your post graduate plans
    2. How this experience will help you to explore career pathways
    3. How this will broaden your understanding of that industry or role
    4. Particular skills you anticipate gaining e.g. communication, coping, teamwork, time management, interpersonal skills and goal setting
  • Provide details about how you will grow intellectually, thus enhancing skills developed through your Notre Dame education

Committee Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be selected based upon the following:

  • Quality of the internship experience related to their career goals
  • Quality of essay in describing the learning objectives and value of the internship experience as related to their career goals
  • Preference is given to juniors as it is their last opportunity to participate in an internship
  • The review committees take into consideration if an applicant has previously applied for funding

International Internships

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

10 Tips and Specifics

  1. The Career Center Funding Program will not cover or reimburse program fees or interview travel expenses. If program costs are bundled for a summer experience, we must see an itemized cost sheet before considering your application for funding support.
  2. Fill out the expense form with as much detail as possible. Rent paid to a family member must be explained in detail or it will not be considered as a reimbursable expense.
  3. Funds will be paid in a lump sum check during Finals Week 2018.
  4. Students may receive up to $3,500 in total from The Career Center Funding Program during their entire tenure as a Notre Dame. If you have received funds through the Notre Dame California Fund, your tenure maximum will be discussed during your funding appointment.
  5. Funding will only be received from one of the available programs during the summer, even if the student falls under multiple qualifications. Program selection is at the discretion of the review committees.
  6. Students must note on their application if they are applying for additional funding through other Notre Dame resources. If funding is received from other campus sources, but less than the amount requested from The Career Center, the applicant will be considered for an award amounting to the difference. If the amount received from other campus sources is more than their The Career Center Funding request, then the student must withdraw their application. Failure to notify The Career Center of other funding awards or applications is a disqualification from The Career Center funding.
  7. Students must work full-time at their internship. If they also intend on taking an academic course in addition to their internship, it must be noted on the application.
  8. Stipends are meant to cover travel and temporary living expenses related to their internship with stated employer. They are not considered a supplement for an internship salary or service to Notre Dame. Therefore all internship employment issues, etc. will be between the student and their internship employer, not the student and Notre Dame. Similarly, any funding questions must be directed to the Funding Experiential Team and not the student’s employer.
  9. It is the student’s responsibility to notify The Career Center 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 Center of extra funds or an incomplete internship results in being blocked from the Go IRISH job site and requires an in-person meeting with a Career Counselor.
  10. Once approved for funding, the recipient’s responsibilities include:
  • Represent Notre Dame by engaging in your internship at the highest level of performance and to follow student conduct guidelines as written in du Lac.
  • At the end of the summer, complete a survey and a reflection paper (2 pages) outlining how your internship related to your curriculum, its intrinsic value, the impact it will have on your future career plans, whether it was an impetus to changing your career plans, and how valuable the funding was to the experience. Reflection papers and survey results will be shared with each student's specific benefactor.
  • Recipients will be required to provide future career updates upon request so to track and calculate the impact this funding program has on student success.

The University and The Career Center Funding Program may add to, delete or amend these policies at any time.

Any updates will be posted on The Career Center website and it is the applicant’s responsibility to review changes at this location.