Undergraduate Opportunities

Summer Entrepreneurial Internships

Conduct RESEARCH in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Gain RESOURCES to prepare you and fund your research

Build RELATIONSHIPS with faculty and peers


Notre Dame undergraduate students who seek a challenging, real-world experience that utilizes their academic interests and skills should consider applying for a Kellogg Summer Entrepreneurial Internship.  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.


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Notre Dame undergraduate students who seek a challenging, real-world experience that utilizes their academic interests and skills should consider applying for a Kellogg Summer Entrepreneurial Internship.  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 an internship allows students to improve their language skills, deepen their understanding of developing countries and gain real world experience in the field. 

Kellogg internships are entrepreneurial, meaning the students identify host organizations and work with them to set up an internship and develop a work plan. Students contact the organization directly and work with the organization to develop a plan that fits the academic trajectory of the student while also meeting the needs of the organization. Students should apply for a Kellogg Summer Entrepreneurial Internship for funding and pre-departure training. Applicants should work closely with their proposed organization to ensure that their application adequately explains the relationship of the student’s skills to the needs of the organization.

Students seeking an internship should consult the list of organizations where Kellogg has previously sent students. While applicants are not limited to this list, it is a good place to start.

Why should I apply?

Interns learn cultural sensitivity, language skills, and flexibility. They take initiative and often learn to adapt in under-resourced areas. These skills are translatable to jobs, further schooling and everyday life.


Students are expected to spend a minimum of 8 weeks with their host institution. Applicants seeking summer programs to do research for a duration of less than eight weeks should consider the Experiencing the World Fellowships - freshmen and sophomores - or the Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grants - juniors. Please note that students may only apply to one Kellogg summer program in an academic year.

Students receive an award to cover most expenses including program fees, transportation, living expenses, vaccinations, visas, etc.

Students selected for an internship will begin preparing for their summer experience through a series of required orientations. Failure to attend orientations in full will result in the cancellation of the award.

All applicants should meet with Holly Rivers or  Rachel Thiel at least a month in advance of the deadline to ensure their proposal can be funded.


The deadline to apply has passed. 


Kellogg seeks students who have the academic interests, skills and initiative that best match the needs of the organization they have selected to work with, ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship for both the students and the organization. Applicants should work closely with the host organization to clearly articulate the relationship between the student’s academic and career goals and the work needed at the organization.

Kellogg internships are available to Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Students are not eligible for more than one award.


Please note that while service can be a part of the internship experience, it is not a significant factor in the selection of interns. The Kellogg Institute chooses to work with students who are keenly interested in learning about global issues and in utilizing what they have learned in the classroom in the field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how the organizations they propose to work with have a clear relationship to the Kellogg Institute research themes of democracy and human development.

Please note that this program is for Notre Dame undergraduates only.

To apply for a Kellogg Institute internship, please go to the online application page. You can login to the application system using your Notre Dame credentials.

The application consists of the following:
  • A statement of purpose outlining what you hope to accomplish with this internship, your interest in the host organization, any experience or skills that make you qualified to do this internship, and how the internship fits with your long-term academic and career goals.
  • A detailed description of the organization you will be working with and how the work relates to the Kellogg Institute’s themes of human development and democracy.
  • A detailed budget for anticipated expenses including program cost and any travel, food, lodging, and other expenses not included in the program cost. Please include a budget justification sheet to explain expenses in detail, including flight itineraries (if you have them), materials, etc.
  • A résumé with details on relevant international experience and previous experience with government, human rights, political, or community organizations, or volunteer agencies
  • An official transcript (see information regarding how to request an e-transcript.)  Applicants must request their e-transcript by 4:00pm at least two business days before the deadline in order to upload it into the application system on time.
  • The name and email address of a Notre Dame faculty member whom you have asked to write a letter of recommendation.  Please request your letter from your recommender several weeks ahead of the deadline.

Personal interviews may be required of applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the internships.

The deadline to apply has passed.


Students selected for an internship will begin preparing for their summer experience through a series of required orientations. Failure to attend orientations in full will result in the cancellation of the award.

Students applying for an internship should be highly motivated, self-starters with a great deal of initiative and the ability to think creatively. 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. 


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies supports undergraduate research and internships in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States related to the Kellogg research themes of democracy and human development. Students can apply for an Experiencing the World (ETW) FellowshipKellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant and Summer Entrepreneurial Internship to receive training, funding, and reentry support.

In most cases, applicants for the above programs are expected to work with a host organization, which requires students to make contact with the organization where they would like to intern or do research. Students should work closely with the organization to develop a work plan.

The deadline to apply has passed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application the week of March 21st.

Note: All applicants should meet with Rachel Thiel at least one month in advance of the deadline to ensure that the organization, site, and plan proposed will meet Kellogg guidelines.

To see a full list of possible sites, click here.


Forms and Information

Several forms required for your international program are provided below. For detailed information about all program requirements, please consult your program packet.


Mandatory Orientations
Program Checklist - international sites
Program Checklist - domestic sites
Explanation of Required Documents - international sites
Explanation of Required Documents - domestic sites
International Workbook

Travel Insurance
The University of Notre Dame requires that you have insurance through GeoBlue. More information is available at www.geobluestudents.com.
Internship Work Agreement (domestic sites only)

For Students Currently Abroad

Online Orientation
Orientation Worksheet
Region Specific Orientation Questionnaire

Country Preparation

Study Abroad & Culture Shock/Adjustment


Forms should be submitted to Kellogg through Submittable.
(Log in to submittable and you will see the "Additional Forms" with your submission.)

Tips for Returning Home
Explanation of Follow-up Reports
Expense Report


For all paperwork related to pre-departure, please go to the Forms tab.

Your International Handbook includes several sections with web links to valuable online resources. In order to allow for easy access to these web resources, we have provided some of those sections on this web page.

Suggested Readings (page 17)

The following articles, books and materials are suggested readings that you might do before, during, and/or after you are abroad to reflect on your summer experience. The Kellogg Institute has provided you with a journal that you might use to reflect on these readings.

Donahue, Bill.  2001.  “My Virtuous Vacation.” From Mother Jones.

Feinberg, Ben.  2002.  “What Students Don’t Learn Abroad.”  From Chronicle of Higher Education.

Iyer, Pico. (March 18, 2000). “Why We Travel.” Published at Salon.com

Illich, Ivan.  (April 20, 1968).  “To Hell with Good Intentions” Speech.

What’s Up With Culture.” University of  The Pacific

Reasons for Success: Learning from Instructive Experiences in Rural Development
By Norman Uphoff, Milton J. Esman, Anirudh Krishna (Kumarian Press, 1999)


Helpful Resources on Cultural Shock/Adjustment/Coping (page 20)

These links are provided by the University Counseling Center for information on how to cope with various challenges while studying abroad.

Culture Shock and Study Abroad

Resilient Traveling: Managing Stress & Enhancing Your Experience Abroad
University of Michigan

Resources for Women Traveling Abroad (page 22)

Her Own Way: Advice for the Woman Traveler: The Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau provides information about security, packing, culture shock and more in this article for women travelers.-

JourneyWoman: An on-line travel resource for women.

"Sexual Harassment And Prevention In College Students Studying Abroad" (SAFETI On- Line Newsletter) The SAFETI On-Line Newsletter addresses issues of safety in study abroad.
This article explores how women can minimize their risk of being sexually harassed while traveling abroad.

U.S. Department of State's Tips for Women Traveling Abroad Alone: Advice from the branch of the U.S. government responsible for the welfare of U.S. citizens abroad.

Transitions Abroad: Women Travel Abroad: A great collection of first-hand articles, web sites and agencies by this award-winning, respected travel magazine.

Mental Health Resources for Notre Dame Students Abroad (page 23)

Introductory video

Topics include: Leave Your Blues Behind, Calming Your Worry, Let Go and Be Well, Evaluating Alcohol and Drug Use, Interpersonal Relationships and Communication, and Anger Management.

Enroll in Notre Dame’s TAO Self Help Today!


Web Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault (page 26)

Web resources:
Title IX/Sexual Assault Resources
Support Options
How to help a friend
Reporting an incident online


Welcome Back to Campus! (page 28-31)

If you are looking to return overseas for study, but want someone else to pay for it, you should apply for one of the many scholarship programs available for recent university graduates: Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, etc.  Visit the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement in Bond Hall, for more information or see their website at cuse.nd.edu. A list of organizations that offer partial funding for post-graduate internships in the US and abroad can be found at kellogg.nd.edu/students/internres.shtml

There are also many programs and organizations with resources online. Here is a sampling of some of them:   

Tips for Returning Home (page 30)

Read about Reentry & Reverse Culture Shock-The more you know, the better prepared you will be to deal with it!


If you would like your family to better understand what you are going through when you return home, you might also share the following resource from World Learning with them:

Counseling Center  - If you find that you are in need of a little extra help processing your summer experience, counselors are readily available to help you at the University Counseling Center.  The center staff can be reached at 574-631-7336 or ucc.nd.edu/  

If you would prefer to talk to a counselor outside of the counseling center, you can have a confidential and free consultation with a professional counselor through Let’s Talk. No appointment or paperwork is required.  ucc.nd.edu/lets-talk


For all paperwork related to reentry, please go to the Forms tab.
Returning From Abroad

For students returning from study abroad as well as international internships, language study and research experiences

A large number of Notre Dame students travel abroad each year through internships, research and language grants, and study abroad programs.  The Institute seeks to connect ND students to academic opportunities that will allow them to further explore their experiences abroad.  Classes, grants, and conferences are all available to offer students the chance to deepen their understanding of the world and open avenues to graduate school and careers beyond Notre Dame.

ND Academic Opportunities

(See websites for eligibility and application requirements.)

Grants and Fellowships

Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement
Kellogg/Kroc Research Grants
Gender Studies Research Grants
Honors Program Research Grants
European Research and Travel Grants

Language Grants

Language Development Grants
Asian Summer Language Grants
German Language and Literature Summer Language Study Abroad Stipend


Human Development Conference
Student Peace Conference

For a more comprehensive list of sites that provide funding for ND students to travel abroad, see

Personal Development
Writing and Photography Opportunities

Glimpse Magazine
BootsnAll Travel

Marketing Your International Experience

Center for Career Development

International Resources in South Bend

American Red Cross Northern Indiana Chapter
Better World Books
Just Goods
Ten Thousand Villages

Post-graduate Opportunities and Fellowships

Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement


Center for Career Development

Service Opportunities

Center for Social Concerns


Domestic and International Internships


Summer Entrepreneurial Internships


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