Internships and Summer Opportunities
Internships give students hands on experience in an occupational field through monitored work or service. Along with volunteer work, summer service projects, research, summer jobs, and study abroad, they provide invaluable experiential learning and tools for career development.
Internships may be paid or unpaid, for the summer or a semester, part of a large established program or crafted by or for an individual. We encourage American Studies majors to pursue experiential learning opportunities, and build those experiences into senior seminar and senior thesis research projects. Our majors have participated in an astounding array of internships over the years, working with curators at the Newberry, Huntington, Hesburgh, Clinton, and Smithsonian libraries, advertising and marketing firms in Chicago, the National Park Service, media organizations from WNDU to ESPN, the South Bend Mayor’s Office, and the U.S. government.
Finding a Summer Experience:
Students wanting to develop a research project of their own should seek the help of a faculty member and apply for a UROP or American Dream grant through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. International research projects are eligible for support from various campus institutions.
Funding a Summer Experience:
If your summer internship or research project is unpaid, there are a few pots of money available to help cover expenses. Be sure you understand the application process, apply for all the grants that fit, and don’t be afraid to ask questions along the way.
Getting Credit for a Summer Experience:
If you are not earning a wage or salary for summer work, you may earn college credit for it. A few internships require that you earn credit precisely because they aren’t going to pay you. If that is the case, you can earn internship credits either through the College of Arts and Letters or through the Department of American Studies. Any credits earned will count only as electives.