Short-term Experiences

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Although December and January are not usual times when employers offer internships, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development is collaborating with alumni, employers, and campus departments to cultivate a variety of paid and unpaid work experiences during the Winter Session for students to build their professional skills and expand their networks. Due to economic factors, the time of year, and COVID precautions, opportunities will be very limited. These opportunities will be posted on Handshake as they are made available.  

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Short-Term Experiences on Handshake

While all short term experiences can be found on Handshake, here are a few of particular interest.

Full-stack Web Development Intern - Aira Technologies Inc.

This will be a Web development position with a demo website as a deliverable. The candidate will work on bot back-end and front-end technologies to create a demo to showcase the capabilities of Aira Technologies. A component of the work will also involve collaborating with the C.T.O, by acting as his extension to implement ideas of interest and value to Aira Technologies, Inc. The deadline to apply is November 29. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Recruiting Project - Mediaocean

Work with the DEI Talent Acquisition Specialist to build out tangible deliverables for the company's DEI goals in hiring. Assist with job description audits to ensure job descriptions are inclusive in language and requirements and MORE!  The deadline to apply is November 30. 

Social Media Intern - Boro

Work with an ND alum at Boro to create social media promotional materials. The deadline to apply is November 30. 

Project: Sustainability/Food Insecurity and the Cold Chain - Carrier

Students will define the structure, agencies, and purpose of each UN Economic and Social groups and identify the best NGO’s partnered with the UN for Carrier Refrigeration to partner with to guide cold chain development. Deliverable will be a written report and final presentation to the Carrier team.The deadline to apply is November 30. 

South Bend St. Joseph High School Substitute Teaching

St. Joseph High School, one of two Catholic high schools in the South Bend/Mishawaka area, sent a request to seek applicants to serve as substitute teachers. This is a great opportunity for students who are sticking around in the South Bend area in December and January. Applications will be accepted year-round.

Additional Ways to Gain Professional Experience

Professional experience can come in many forms.The resources below are sites to learn about more available short-term opportunities.

  • Parker Dewey
    • Through Parker Dewey, learn about micro-internships short-term, paid, professional assignments! Explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments. Demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network.
    • features paid and unpaid, remote and in-person internship opportunities.
  • Catchafire
    • Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills. Please note, these are unpaid opportunities for nonprofits.
  • WayUp
    • WayUp enables early-career candidates to discover and be discovered by employers. The site features internships and positions for current students and recent grads.

Funding Opportunities

Many of the experiences offered by alumni are unpaid experiences intended to provide students with valuable experience in developing skills and working on projects.  Limited funds will be made available through a competitive application process for students participating in short term projects.
More information will be posted here on November 23.


Seasonal Jobs in Your Hometown

Many students have reported that they will be using Winter Session to secure a seasonal job to make money. Need help finding employers?  Here are some options:

  • Retail stores
  • Fitness centers
  • Substitute teaching at a local school
  • Restaurants and banquet facilities and food delivery 
  • Shipping/fulfillment centers (Amazon, FedEx, etc.)
  • Construction / home improvement
  • Custodial work at local schools, churches, community buildings, etc.
  • Staffing agencies (Robert Half, Kelly Services, etc.) may be able to help you find work
  • Check with your nearest Notre Dame Club.  Alumni and other club members may have leads on seasonal jobs.

Here's a tip many students don't know about... many of these opportunities will not be advertised. Take the initiative and contact a local business or organization and ask how you can help. You may be surprised how many organizations will create work for a motivated and talented college student!

Creating Your Own Opportunities Through Self-Employment

COVID has created many opportunities where you can start your own small business.

  • Tutoring high school students
  • Daycare/babysitting
  • Pet care/dog walking
  • Personal assistant/errands
  • House sitting/property management
  • Fitness training
  • Social media support
  • Consulting services for small businesses and nonprofits