Internship Opportunities

Internships & Competitive Teaching Positions

for Academic Year 2021/ 2022

Academic Advancement

The Academic Advancement postdoc will work closely with the Academic Advancement Director of the Keough School of Global Affairs—the Keough Schools' liaison with the Notre Dame Development Office—to advance the School's fundraising priorities. Activities include working with faculty to create proposals, devising and executing donor stewardship strategies, and educating fundraisers on the work of the School. In addition, the postdoc will take an active role in managing the activities of the School’s Advisory Council (a group of the School's best friends and benefactors), including fall and spring meetings and committee meetings.  The postdoc will also work with the Academic Advancement Directors in other Schools, Colleges, and units around campus to provide broad exposure to the nature of the Academic Advancement profession.


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Foundation Relations

This postdoc is an opportunity to learn about Foundation Relations and Development more broadly while providing a valuable service to the University. As part of a central development staff and reporting to the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, the postdoc will work across the university (concentrating in Arts & Letters) to increase external support for faculty-led research and programs. The postdoc is charged with supporting the University’s academic fundraising efforts through (a) prospect research; (b) proposal development; and (c) foundation engagement ideation. The postdoc’s fundraising efforts will focus primarily on supporting FR Directors’ proposals while developing one larger project with mentoring from the Senior Director. The successful candidate will be inquisitive and personable; have strong written and oral communication skills, and be results-oriented. During the postdoc period, the incumbent will gain valuable skills, experience, and knowledge, as well as contribute to raising foundation funding for the University.


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

The Graduate School Office of Grants & Fellowships

The Graduate School at Notre Dame has pioneered an integrated program in professional development and graduate student well-being that situates graduate training in a holistic model that is captured by the motto: Your Research Matters. You Matter. Be a force for good in the world. We invite a postdoctoral scholar with an interest in higher education administration and academic advising to spend August 2021-May 2022 working 40 hours per week with the Office of Grants and Fellowships in the Graduate School.

The Graduate School Postdoctoral Fellow will advise graduate students who are preparing grant and fellowship applications to support their research and scholarly engagement. Strong applicants enjoy interacting closely with students from a diverse body of disciplines to navigate the proposal writing process. Successful candidates will have exceptional written and oral communication skills; an ability to work in a self-directed manner; a team-based and service-oriented perspective; an eagerness to learn; experience managing projects and building relationships, and an interest in higher education advising and administration. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome. Reporting to the Director of Academic Enhancements in the Graduate School, the Postdoctoral Fellow will work 40 hours per week during office hours, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Job Responsibilities:

• Advise graduate students on grant and fellowship applications including identifying grants, eligibility, strategic planning, and providing oral and written feedback

• Guide graduate students to identify funding opportunities and developing individual award lists

• Teach graduate students to navigate digital resources and the Pivot database

• Facilitate grant writing workshops and information sessions

• Produce written content for the office Sakai site, email marketing, and promotional materials

• Support the Graduate School and Office of Grants and Fellowships with other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

• Eligible to participate in the 5+1 postdoc year through the College of Arts & Letters

• Experience writing grant or fellowship applications

• Knowledge of grant writing and review processes

• Commitment to mentoring and advising graduate students, especially from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds

• Facility with written and spoken English

• Knowledge of University resources for graduate students

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previously awarded merit-based funding such as travel grants, national fellowships, research awards, or other grants


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Graduate Student Life

Notre Dame Graduate Student Life invites applications for 5+1 postdoctoral fellowships from students of any discipline who seek to advance the success and well-being of Notre Dame graduate students while developing professional expertise in project management, communications, data-informed decision-making, student affairs, and academic affairs.


Now in its 9th year, the mission of Graduate Student Life is to help graduate students thrive personally and professionally at Notre Dame by welcoming them into a vibrant community, connecting them to campus resources, and promoting a holistic educational experience. Working extensively in areas of programming, assessment, communication, partnerships, and advocacy, our staff seeks to engage our diverse graduate community with a diverse array of opportunities to develop as scholars and as humans.

Though fairly new, Notre Dame Graduate Student Life is recognized as a national leader in the area of graduate student community and engagement. A placement with Grad Life would be a rich environment in which to learn the administrative, student affairs, and academic affairs aspects of university life. It would also provide tangible ways to improve the quality of life for Notre Dame graduate students for years to come.

Duties and Responsibilities

Postdocs are welcomed into all aspects of Graduate Student Life’s work. While specific commitments would be mutually agreed to, applicants are invited to consider the list of possible duties and responsibilities shown below and to meet with the Program Director to consider options more fully.


• Develop and pilot on-going leadership training for officers of graduate student clubs and organizations

• Improve and implement the Milestone Recognition Project

• Partner with the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being to create department-based wellness initiatives


• Analyze data from the Grad Life Survey

• Make data-informed recommendations for the Strategic Plan

• Establish evaluation criteria and processes for existing programming


• Manage the Grad Life blog - writing posts, recruiting contributing authors, developing and editing content

• Maintain website and social media content

• Develop content and strategies for the mobile app (no coding required)

Qualifications: Position open to postdocs from any discipline. The application should highlight the skills relevant to the proposed work.


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books & Special Collections

The Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books & Special Collections supports an active program of guest teaching, exhibitions, and workshops for the Notre Dame community. Within this setting, a Postdoctoral Fellow will support the integration of rare books, manuscripts, and special collections into the research and teaching mission of the University. This fellowship offers an opportunity to explore varied activities in curatorial work that includes the interpretation of primary source collections for broad academic audiences, rare book and manuscript exhibition work, collection development, focused research, and teaching within a wide-ranging array of University courses. The Department of Rare Books & Special Collections is a supportive environment for early career professionals, with deeply committed and engaged library faculty and staff.  


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.


The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) supports and promotes the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of the faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Letters. In addition to helping scholars secure and manage external funding for research and artistic creativity, the Institute curates and manages a large and diverse portfolio of grants. ISLA directly funds research and creative work, international travel to conferences, language training, thesis and dissertation enhancements, and publication subventions. Funding is also available for lectures, visiting artist events, and academic conferences. The Institute additionally provides experienced, professional support for all phases of academic event planning and implementation. See for more information about the Institute’s programs and services.

This internship will provide a postdoctoral scholar with hands-on experience in research administration.  Over the course of the year, the fellow will work collaboratively with the Institute’s director and staff on all facets of its mission.  Based on the fellow’s specific skills and interests, he or she will be able to assist with the design of new internal grant initiatives, the development of research teams and proposals, the evaluation of grant applications, the cultivation, and coordination of grant mechanisms that span units (e.g., Notre Dame Research, Institutes with the Keough School), the post-award administration of internal and external funding, and the Institute’s strategic and budgetary planning processes. In addition to learning the many ways in which research administration impacts and facilitates research production, through these activities, the internship will hone the fellow’s strategic planning, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.

The ideal candidate will be intellectually curious, passionate about the role of the liberal arts in higher education and society, and motivated to help others reach their goals.  He or she should have an energetic, positive, and self-starting attitude; the ability to work independently as well as a member of a collaborative team; and strong written and oral communication skills.


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Navari Center for Digital Scholarship

The Hesburgh Libraries Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) enables students and faculty to explore new technologies and methodologies for research and learning. A Postdoctoral Fellow will support a variety of data-centric studies, leveraging the latest statistical, analytics, and visualization tools and processes. The fellow should be competent in data strategies, generation, normalization, transformation, mining, and/or visualization. The fellow will engage with a broad arrange of activities, such as workshops, seminars, consultation sessions, and research projects, working alongside the CDS library faculty.


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.


Notre Dame International and the Center for Italian Studies: International Education at the Rome Global Gateway

The Rome Global Gateway seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work closely with the Executive Director of the Gateway, the Director of Programming, Student Development and Community Engagement, and the Rector of the Villa—the Notre Dame living-learning community on the Celian Hill—and with a diverse team of dedicated individuals on various aspects of the Gateway’s educational mission. Under the supervision of the Executive Director and of the Director of Programming, Student Development, and Community Engagement, the fellow will conduct program assessments and develop student and community engagement. In this role, the fellow will also assist with internship and volunteer placements for students at partner institutions in Rome. The fellow will also work with the Rector of the Notre Dame living-learning Villa to receive training and collaborate with the residential staff team.

Financial Support from NDI/Rome Global Gateway with the Center for Italian Studies:

  • Accommodation at the Villa
  • Round-trip airfare


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Notre Dame Learning

ND Learning is a new organization that has combined the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Digital Learning, and the Provost’s Learning Initiative into a central hub intended to inspire, design, and deliver transformational learning experiences for Notre Dame students. Working in collaboration with instructors, departments, and colleges, ND Learning enables effective and engaging learning for all students through research-based strategies, technologies, and modalities.

We are seeking colleagues with broad interests in any of the following areas:

  • Instructor Development, Course design, Learning Research, Analytics & Assessment;
  • Instructional Design & Curriculum, Course Development,  & Instructional Media Production
  • Online Learning, Digital Strategy, & Academic Innovation;

Depending on the role, fully remote work may be possible. 


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

University of Notre Dame Press

Over the course of the academic year, a UNDP postdoc will learn of every aspect of scholarly book publishing—acquisitions, editorial, production, marketing, and sales. During the first semester, the postdoc will participate in the activities of each department, under the supervision of the director. The second semester will be an opportunity for the postdoc to become more focused on the area of publishing they find of greatest interest. There will be opportunities for independent research and attending press meetings. A letter of recommendation will be granted to those who successfully complete the UNDP postdoc. Duties and Responsibilities Maintaining the database, filing, assessing manuscript submissions, securing peer reviewers for manuscripts, communicating with authors, preparing manuscripts for publication, copyediting, proofreading, attending meetings, working with electronic publishing program, art research, requesting necessary permissions, writing press releases and copy for the book covers and catalog, designing and implementing a marketing plan and all associated materials, advertising and other direct mail tasks. Successful candidates will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, have a strong interest in book publishing, and be extremely detail-oriented.   


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame

Fellowship with Shakespeare at Notre Dame and its two principal companies, Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) and the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF). Gain vital experience in arts administration and a 360º perspective with the University’s professional theatre, Shakespeare at Notre Dame. The successful candidate will work closely with the General Manager, Audience Development Manager, Executive Director, and Producing Artistic Director in all areas of operations, from special projects, conference planning, and support, to marketing, casting, pre-production planning, and artist contracts. Additional responsibilities may include: moderating panel discussions, creating dramaturgical materials for actors, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students as part of NDSF's apprentice, touring, or community engagement programming.


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.


Competitive Teaching Positions

For 2021-22, the College is offering two opportunities for 5+1 teaching scholars to teach abroad at the London and Rome Global Gateways. Any student who qualifies for the 5+1 fellowship is eligible to apply. These are competitive placements and only two will be awarded. Successful applicants will be paid at the standard teaching scholar rate of at least $28,750. Notre Dame International will cover round trip travel to the gateway and assistance with housing, as detailed below. Note that the Rome placement is for a full academic year and the London placement is for a semester, with the other semester spent teaching in South Bend. See below for more information and the application process. 

Notre Dame International: Chesterton Postdoctoral Fellowship

The London Global Gateway is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work with the newly acquired G. K. Chesterton Collection, gaining hands-on experience with the collection and associated projects in situ and remotely. The fellow will be based in London for one semester with the alternate semester placed at Notre Dame International to work with partner groups on campus, including the Hesburgh Libraries.

During the London semester, the individual would be expected to create and teach a London Seminar class from their own area of expertise on the London Undergraduate Program. Outside of teaching, they will work on activities linked to the G.K. Chesterton Collection focusing particularly on encouraging academic engagement and assisting in creating outreach opportunities. The position will also be expected to support up to three student community-building events during their time in London. 

During their semester working with a partner group on campus, the fellow will continue to work on projects linked to the collection and assist in building awareness of the materials housed in London. They may be able to pick up additional teaching on campus, subject to need. G. K. Chesterton is often described as a polymath and in that spirit, applications are welcome from all subject areas, not purely Chesterton-focused studies. This is an exciting opportunity to assist with the development of a newly established research site, and candidates should have a keen interest in creating multidisciplinary opportunities for engagement and outreach, as well as intersecting with various academic communities.

The LGG Chesterton Postdoctoral Fellow will be supervised and supported by the LGG Director for Research and Partnerships. Accommodation for the semester in London and flights will be provided by Notre Dame International.

Financial Support from NDI/London Global Gateway

  • Accommodation provided in Conway Hall for one semester
  • Round-trip airfare


To apply, please email your CV, a cover letter, and a course proposal (300-500 words) to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.

Notre Dame International and Italian Studies: Rome Global Gateway

In collaboration with other faculty teaching the foundational study abroad course in Rome and as a part of a teaching team, the postdoctoral fellow, appointed in a Humanities department at Notre Dame, would be the co-instructor of record for the All Roads Lead to Rome course (AL 24107/LLRO 34600/ HIST 34502 – CRN 25806/25822/25823) in Fall and Spring. This course is one of the two courses that are part of the curriculum of all students spending one semester studying abroad in Rome and is a collaborative effort among teaching staff at the Gateway. The course holds Ways of Knowing attributes in History, Fine Arts, and Literature. During the teaching period, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct academic research in their field of specialization. Special consideration will be given to scholars whose research is linked to Rome and would benefit from a year in the city. 

Financial Support from NDI/Rome Global Gateway with the Center for Italian Studies:

  • $5,000 housing stipend
  • Round-trip airfare


To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jenny Petersen by January 15, 2021.


Internship Placements

  • Phillip Byers

    Ph.D. in History, 2020

    Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

  • James Cotton

    Ph.D. in Literature, 2019

    Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

  • Colleen Cross

    Ph.D. in Theology and Peace Studies, 2020

    Foundation Relations

  • Christopher Flanagan

    Ph.D. in History, 2019

    American Historical Association

  • Minju Kwon

    Ph.D. in Political Science, 2019

    Liu Institute

  • Ting Lau

    Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2019

    Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study

  • Jay Miller

    Ph.D. in English, 2020

    Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts

  • Amanda Nowak

    Ph.D. in Psychology, 2020

    The Graduate School

  • Justin Strong

    Ph.D. in Theology, 2019

    London Global Gateway

  • Rebecca West

    Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, 2020

    Universidad de los Andes, Chile

  • Rebecca Wiegel

    Ph.D. in Theology, 2019

    Gender Studies Program

  • Juliane Zenk

    Ph.D. in Psychology, 2020

    Graduate Student Life

  • Arnaud Zimmern

    Ph.D. in English, 2020

    Center for Digital Scholarship