A variety of programs are available to offer guidance and funding if you're interested in independent research, summer internships, study abroad, national fellowships, career preparation, and more.
Undergraduate research is valued at Notre Dame. If you are interested, speak with your advisor or another professor regarding your interests and possible directions. Funding support is available from the following resources:
Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement Research Grants
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement Research Grants (CUSE) can help students develop and find funding for many different kinds of research to help make the most of their Notre Dame experience and expand their intellectual life at the University.
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (ISLA-UROP) Grants
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grants give students the opportunity to design all aspects of their projects, from identifying a research topic or creative goal to developing a persuasive narrative, reasonable timetable, and appropriate budget. Each student is guided through this process by a faculty member of their choosing. These programs offer a variety of academic year and summer funding opportunities. Some grants focus on supporting scholarship on particular themes and topics, while others are dedicated to supporting general scholarly and creative endeavors.
Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grants
The Kellogg and Kroc Institutes offer summer research grants for undergraduate students at Notre Dame. The grants are intended for juniors whose interests include a clear international dimension related to the Kellogg Institute's themes or the themes of the Kroc Institute. Grants up to $5,000 each will be awarded for research abroad or, if demonstrably appropriate, in the United States.
Liu Institute Research Grants
The Liu Institute is pleased to offer funding to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing Asia-related research or participating in general (non-language) study abroad programs in Asia.
Nanovic Insititute Research Grants
The Nanovic Institute supports independent student research in European Studies which requires travel to Europe for archival and/or field research.
You are encouraged to speak with your advisors to identify other sources of funding and support that may apply to your individual projects as well.
Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program
The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development offers the Summer Funding Program to support Notre Dame undergraduate students during their summer experiences. This program is intended to alleviate the living costs incurred as a result of participating in a summer experience crucial to career success. The Center for Career Development also assists students in finding internships.
Cyber Safety and Security Internships
The Cyber Safety and Security Internship is a partnership between Arts & Letters Computing & Digital Technologies (CDT) program, Mendoza Information Technology, Analytics, & Operations (ITAO), and the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit. While primarily geared towards CDT and ITAO students, especially those specializing in the CDT Cyber Safety and Security track, the program is open to all Notre Dame students. Students are trained to serve as Student Investigators with the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit, working on criminal cases in Northern Indiana. Students extract, process, and analyze information from digital evidence involved in cases while learning the process of criminal investigations. Additionally, students may work in teams to conduct research on current topics of interest in the tech world including conducting literature searches, formulating research ideas, collecting and analyzing data, and writing portions of papers. Students may also be exposed to specialized learning experiences related to cyber forensics and digital investigations.
Silicon Valley Semester
The University of Notre Dame Silicon Valley Semester Program (SVS) provides an off-campus study program for students interested in a semester-long experience in Silicon Valley, the global center for technological innovation and home to the most dynamic and exciting tech corporations and startups. In addition to the coursework, each student will take part in an experiential learning opportunity through a paid part-time (20-25 hours per week), credit-bearing (3 S/U credits) internship at a Bay Area company.
Nanovic Institute Internship Grants
The Nanovic Institute supports student summer internships and service opportunities in a variety of fields in Europe’s most international cities and revealing locales.
Summer Service Learning Program
The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves for eight weeks at a non-profit organization. Sponsored by Notre Dame Alumni clubs across the country, SSLP students serve at a wide range of placements related to healthcare, homelessness, immigration, education, and more.
Notre Dame International
Notre Dame International (NDI) offers many study abroad programs, but each of them will have a unique set of course offerings. The following locations are more likely to offer technology courses that will count toward your degree requirements:
- Entire academic year program: Dublin, Ireland
- Semester-long programs:
- Perth, Australia
- Santiago, Chile
- Cairo, Egypt
- London, England
- Dublin, Ireland
- Rome, Italy
- Puebla, Mexico
Students can study in other locations that are not listed above, but these other locations will typically have fewer technology-related courses, which may impact the ability to graduate in four years. Students desiring to study abroad should meet with their academic advisers at the earliest opportunity to discuss options that are open to them.
International Summer Service Learning Program
The Center for Social Concerns' International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) is both a four-credit course and an eight-week summer service-learning program in Catholic social tradition and social analysis which together provide a critical lens through which students are invited to interpret an array of global issues.
Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Grant Program
Summer Language Abroad Grant provides funding for individual summer foreign language study abroad with awards of up to $5,500. This is open to undergraduate students who have a declared major, supplementary major, or minor in the College of Arts & Letters.
Meruelo Family Center for Career Development
The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development's undergraduate career services office empowers students to discern, discover, and pursue meaningful careers to be a force for good in the world. Expert counselors offer a wide array of services and experiences from resume reviews to career treks to funding for summer internships across the country and around the world.
Beyond the Dome
Arts & Letters students have access to exclusive programming and career development opportunities through the College's Beyond the Dome program, including ways to connect with alumni working in the tech industry.