Student Opportunities

Students in Max Kade Lounge

Studying another language and culture is an exercise in connection — a means of building bonds with others around the world and across campus. Students of German at Notre Dame can engage in a variety of opportunities designed to enhance their language abilities and make meaningful connections here and beyond.

Form working on a book project with a faculty member to pursuing a yearlong independent senior thesis project, research opportunities abound. Our annual awards highlight outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to the department or engage in exceptional scholarly work.

Looking to enhance your resume? Consider being a peer tutor through the CSLC or pursuing an internship that will leverage your German skills through external resources such as DAAD RISE, Cultural Vistas, or the USA-Interns Program. Once you’ve secured an internship or volunteer opportunity abroad, you can apply for the European Internship & Service Grant through the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

German Club

Membership in the German Club is open to undergraduate and graduate students alike who are interested in all things German, including traveling and studying abroad in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, speaking German, and enjoying good German food and drink.

The German Club, along with the Notre Dame Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, sponsors a number of social and cultural events throughout the academic year. Visit the Events page for information on upcoming events, like the annual trip to Christkindlmarket in Chicago.

For more information, contact any of the officers listed below, or email us at

Globally Engaged Citizens

Notre Dame’s Globally Engaged Citizens program rewards the learning and experiences you are already engaging in — and will stand out on your resume and show employers and graduate schools that you’re prepared to be a global citizen.

Students in any college or school can earn the certificate by taking two classes and participating in cultural activities on and off campus. You may already be well on your way to meeting the requirements. 

Learn how to join the Globally Engaged Citizens Program

Summer Funding

The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development offers grants to students engaged in internships, research projects, or other experiences during the summer to cover the cost of housing, food, and transportation. Students with unpaid internships can receive up to $3,500, and paid interns are eligible for up to $1,000.

Learn more about summer funding