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


Kathleen Quinn worked with WorldTeach in Casablanca, Morocco this summer. WorldTeach is a non-governmental organization that sends volunteers to teach in community centers and schools in developing countries. Through WorldTeach, Quinn volunteered at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center as an English teacher for young Arabic-speaking children.


Reports from the Field

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.


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 Rachel Thiel at least a month in advance of the deadline to ensure their proposal can be funded.

2019 Deadline: Monday, February 25
Before Applying

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 will be asked to create an account and will need to remember your login and password in order to access your application. When you log in, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • An application form
  • A résumé with details on relevant international experience and previous experience with government, human rights, political, or community organizations, or volunteer agencies
  • 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.
  • 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 (or someone else who knows your general qualifications) 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.

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2019 Deadline: Monday, February 25

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. 


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.


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.

2019 Deadline: Monday, February 25

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.

Alphabetical list of possible sites

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

Travel Insurance
The University of Notre Dame requires that you have insurance through GeoBlue.
International Workbook
Internship Work Agreement (domestic sites only)

For Students Currently Abroad

Online Orientation
Orientation Worksheet
Region Specific Orientation Questionnaire

Country Preparation
Cultural Difference/Social Change - student websites
Notre Dame students who have traveled to various developing countries including Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Thailand, and Uganda have prepared websites about these countries to help you prepare for your trip. Take time to look over this information to help prepare for your travels.

ND-Abroad – Study Abroad & Cultural Shock/Adjustment

Reentry (All reports due August 31)

Forms should be submitted to the Kellogg office using the flash drive students received at orientation.

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

Where do I go from here?

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
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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