Summer Internship Program
Notre Dame undergraduate students who seek a challenging, real-world experience that utilizes their academic interests and skills should consider applying for the Kellogg Summer Internship Program. Students work with non-governmental organizations and policy institutes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, where they learn about the needs and challenges facing developing countries while offering their skills and talents to work toward sustainable goals. Participation in the program allows students to improve their language skills, deepen their understanding of developing countries and gain real world experience in the field.
—The whole summer was an incredible learning experience. It taught me that grassroots organizations are much more complex than I had ever realized, and that it’s important to temper my expectations. I would not trade my experience for anything and know it has affected how I think about development and what I plan to do with my future.
-John Gibbons ’14 (Chinese/political science)
Students will spend a minimum of eight weeks with their host institution. (Applicants seeking summer programs for a duration of less than eight weeks should consider the Experiencing the World Fellowships - freshmen and sophomores - or the Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Researh Grants - juniors.)
The dates of internships vary depending on the program. Some programs have set requirements while dates for other organizations are arranged between the supervisor and the intern. Applicants should check the Locations and Description pages for specific information.
Students receive an award to cover most expenses including transportation, living expenses, vaccinations, visas, etc. While funding, in some cases, may exceed expenses, students should NOT expect to receive extra funding.
Students selected for the program will begin preparing for their summer experience through a series of orientations as well as contact with their host organization.
Entrepreneurial internships – While the Institute partners with several organizations throughout the world, students may choose to create to set up their own internships with organizations that do not partner with the Institute. Applicants who choose this option should work closely with their host organization to ensure that their application adequately explains the relationship of the student’s skills to the needs of the organization. Click here to learn more about this option.
The program seeks students who have the academic interests, skills and initiative that best match the needs of the host organization, ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship for both the students and the organization. Applicants must be able to clearly articulate the relationship between their academic and career goals and the work needed at the host organization.
Students applying for a Kellogg internship should carefully review the requirements and needs of the host organization. Applicants should read over the descriptions on the Locations and Descriptions pages, read the final reports of previous interns and attend an information meeting. Applicants may also contact previous interns with questions.
Kellogg internships are available to Notre Dame undergraduate students. Students are not eligible for more than one award.
Students applying for internships should be highly motivated, self-starters with a great deal of initiative and the ability to think creatively. Most internships require students to develop projects (with guidance from the host organization) and to problem-solve in determining how to complete the project.
Students should have a good working command of the language of the country where they will intern and good general background knowledge of the region. Most US-based internships require proficiency in a second language (usually Spanish). Specific skills are required for individual organizations. For more information, see Locations and Descriptions.
—Despite feeling overwhelmed at times and experiencing many challenges, this was one of the most rewarding summers I’ve ever had. The experience was more than just learning. It was about living in another culture and being present with the locals.
-Brittany Gibler ’14 (finance)
2014 Deadline: Monday, November 3
Note: To receive a Kellogg summer internship, applicants MUST apply for the fall deadline. There will not be a spring competition.
For questions about the program contact Holly Rivers or Corrine Tallman.