Undergraduate Opportunities

Virtual Internship with Kaya Responsible Travel in Ecuador
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Virtual 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 Students who may not be able to go abroad but would like to gain international experience can apply for a virtual internship through the Kellogg Institute. Piloted in the summer of 2020, this program offers students the opportunity to apply to complete a virtual internship with Kaya Responsible Travel or the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.

Summer Funding Information Sessions on Instagram Live

Kellogg undergraduate programs will be holding three information sessions in January, hosted on Instagram Live, for you to learn about the options available to you for summer 2021 and to get your questions answered.

Notre Dame Students who would like to gain international experience without going abroad can apply for a virtual internship through the Kellogg Institute. Piloted in the summer of 2020, this program offers students the opportunity to apply to complete a virtual internship with Kaya Responsible Travel or the Foundation for Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)

Students selected for these internships will become a part of the Kellogg community and will be part of a team of students to help guide how the Institute thinks about Kellogg student programs in the future. These students will also serve as a resource for future applicants.

Why should I apply?

Students completing virtual internships gain multiple skills for working across borders virtually. Students work in a cross cultural environment that requires flexibility, discipline, time management, technical skills, organization, project management and leadership skills. Some internships require language skills.

Details

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 8 weeks working (30 hours per week) with their host institution. Please note that students may only apply to one Kellogg summer program in an academic year.

Students receive an award to cover the program fees of the virtual internship.

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

Selected interns participate in regular check-in meetings with Kellogg staff and fellow interns.

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.

2021 Deadline: Monday, March 22

 

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 Institute has changed its application system as of November 2020. All applicants need to create a new account to use this system even if they have applied through Kellogg in the past. 

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 addressing how this internship will help you develop professionally and outlining what you hope to accomplish with this internship, your interest in the 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 description of the specific NGO you will be working with through Kaya or the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children 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 here.)  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.

2021 Deadline: Monday, March 22

Kaya Responsible Travel 

Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam

Kaya Responsible Travel offers volunteer and internship placements on over 150 sustainable community development and environmental initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Kaya’s community partners around the world are reaching out for the help of interns who can help them push forward their great work. Virtual internships will contribute to a capacity building-project for an organization tackling social or environmental issues in their local community. This is a great opportunity to learn transferable skills as you prepare to embark in your future career!

No matter your major, you can trust that your internship will be aligned with Kaya’s mission to promote sustainable social, environmental, and economic development. Not only will you gain relevant cross-cultural work experience and boost your resume, the results of your work will make a long-lasting impact in a community in your host country. Alongside your project placement, you’ll engage in interactive cultural workshops and connect with a local buddy your age to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of the host country.

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)

FIMRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to healthcare for families around the world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustaining health programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts, and health education programs.

The Virtual Global Health Fellowship is an opportunity to learn and serve, impacting the field of global health from your home. As a student, you will choose between Latin America or Africa and Asia as your regional focus and will explore a different global health topic each week. Topics may include monitoring and evaluating development work, social determinants of health, and the future of global health. Within each topic, you will explore regional challenges, hear from FIMRC site staff on project site updates, connect themes throughout book discussions, and gain clinical skills through interactions with medical professionals and case studies.

For detailed information about all program requirements, please consult your program packet.

Preparation for Internship

Students are required to turn in several forms before beginning their virtual internship experience. Students must also attend and participate in a mandatory orientation (please check back soon for the date of the orientation).

Requirements During Internship

Virtual interns are required to update Holly and Rachel on a regular basis throughout the internship, through email and group video check-ins over Zoom.

Requirements at end of Internship

Virtual interns must submit a final report at the end of their internship. For more details, consult your program packet.

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