Countdown to Early Action: 7 Ways to Learn Outside of the Classroom

Author: Harriet Fink

While the classes and professors at Notre Dame are truly phenomenal, sometimes we learn more outside of the classroom. Whether you’re an engineer, a philosophy major or anything in between, there are so many ways to explore your interests.


Baja Club
Every year, the Notre Dame Baja Club competes at the International Baja SAE Competition. Students apply what they have learned in engineering classes to design, build, test and race their own vehicles.

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The Student International Business Council is a student run organization that provides students of any major the opportunity to participate in semester-long projects across 7 different business disciplines. At the end of the semester each project selects a travel team to present the group’s work to the company. Students gain valuable real life business experience by working on projects for international companies.


SLA Grant

The Summer Language Abroad Grant provides funding of up to $5,500 for students to travel and learn a language from native speaker where the language is actually spoken. With the help of SLA students can build on their previous language classes to reach advanced levels of language proficiency.


Biology Research

There are lots of ways to get involved with research on your own or for professors in any major. For biological sciences, students can join research labs as early as freshman year. Working together with professors, students can develop their own skills as scientists in the lab setting.



The Center for Social Concerns runs the International Summer Service Learning Program as well as a domestic summer program and other service learning programs for the school year. The ISSLP is an 8-week international immersion program with partner organizations and a 4-credit class where students learn about an array of global issues through social analysis, the themes of Catholic Social Thought, and first hand experience.


Career Trek

The Center for Career Development runs fall and spring break career exploration programs where students travel to various cities and learn more about career fields of interest. Students shadow and meet with professionals of various positions in the fields biotech/pharmaceuticals, advertising and digital media, the sports industry, fashion, careers in science, and government and policy.


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Internship in Ireland

There are plenty of ways to intern over the summer, and the Center for Career Development is helpful for finding and funding these opportunities. Each year select Notre Dame students intern in Ireland through the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Students receive an internship to live and work in Ireland based on their intellectual interests and career ambitions.