That's a Campus Job? Notre Dame Students Gain Valuable Skills through Jobs in Research, Sports Media, Start-ups, and More

Author: Grace McDermott


Like many other college campuses, we have resident assistants and students who staff our (excellent) campus eateries.

But there are a larger variety of campus jobs for Notre Dame students than you might think. They range from conducting research to filming football training to advising student start-ups.

Regardless of the kind of work you do, a campus job at Notre Dame will always broaden your professional horizons. You'll develop skills in areas of interest, gain real-world experience, and take advantage of networking opportunities, all of which could lead to your career and your calling.

Check out this line-up of student jobs on campus and see what our students love about their work experiences.


Daniel McFarlane '23

Campus Job: Student Media Professional, Fighting Irish Media (FIM)


At FIM, I usually work as a cameraman at the live events. I mainly do sports (all the sports on campus like football, basketball, soccer, etc.) but I’ve also had the opportunity to work at concerts, awards ceremonies, and even a live debate between former Secretary of State John Kerry and congresswoman Condoleezza Rice!

What I Love:

I love my job because of the people involved. My colleagues are a bunch of fun to be around. We are all willing to help each other out, and as a result, the FIM crew is like a big family. Not to mention the fans at the venues; putting ecstatic students on the big screen is something that never gets old! All in all, I appreciate all the people I get to interact with!


Sarah Galbenski '21

Campus Job: Research Assistant, Building Resilience After Violence Exposure (BRAVE) Lab. 


I assist with the adaptation of Professor Laura Miller-Graff’s Pregnant Moms’ Empowerment Program (PMEP) to the cultural and linguistic contexts of Lima, Peru and Monterrey, Mexico. PMEP is composed of five group therapy sessions, and it addresses the effects of intimate partner violence on mental health and pregnancy. My duties include translating documents, interpreting conference calls, transcribing focus group recordings, conducting qualitative coding of focus group transcriptions, crafting research briefs, and editing materials for publication.

What I love:

I love that my work has a direct positive impact on the health and wellbeing of women in Latin America. 


Patrick Heffernan '22

Campus Job: Admissions Tour Guide 


Pre-COVID, we gave walking campus tours about once or twice a week. The main role of a tour guide is to share your Notre Dame experience with the prospective students and give them a feel about what it is like to be a student here. While showing off the buildings is certainly a huge selling point, the stories you tell and how you exhibit the community is what the prospective students care about most. Post-COVID, we try to emulate that same feeling via a virtual format, with a slide show and multiple tour guides working together to show different angles of student life.

What I Love:

My favorite part of being a tour guide is being able to share my love for Notre Dame with others. It puts me in a great mood afterwards and provides valuable perspective, especially when schoolwork is wearing me down. Seeing how excited high schoolers get about the possibility of going to school here is rejuvenating. Plus, you have the potential to make a real difference in people's college decisions. I will never forget while walking to class one day, I was stopped by a freshman who introduced himself as someone who was on my tour just the spring before. Hearing how much he loved Notre Dame and how he was thriving as a freshman was really rewarding.


Gabriela Ishigami Marques '22

Campus Job: Managing Startup Coach, IDEA Center


I co-manage the Student Entrepreneurship Program at the IDEA Center, which provides guidance and lots of amazing resources to Notre Dame students who want to start their own business or want to help someone else with their startup. 

What I love:

What I enjoy the most about the job are the people. Everyone I met by working at the IDEA Center is willing to go the extra mile and are out of the box thinkers.


Collin Kemper '22

Campus Job: Research Assistant in Lab of Professor Kyle Doudrick, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences


I help design and conduct experiments to measure harmful PFAS chemical concentrations on filter material after incineration in a furnace.

What I love:

I love being able to apply my technical and lab skills to collecting helpful data that will benefit society.


Hannah Dopico '21

Campus Job: Group Fitness Instructor, Smith Center for Recreational Sports


I teach Beat Biking, Zumba, and Crunch Time Core classes at Notre Dame's Smith Center

What I love:

Being a group fitness instructor allows me to share my passions for fitness and wellbeing with the Notre Dame community through music and movement. It's incredibly liberating to have found a role that perfectly suits my personality and interests while giving me the opportunity to encourage and guide my peers in healthy ways. 


Katherine Tracey '21

Campus Job: Student Athletic Trainer


The student athletic trainers work alongside certified athletic trainers (ATCs) to administer pre- and post-practice treatments at sporting events. Our biggest time commitment is with the football team, working practices and games. On game days you can find us on the sidelines taping, supplying/refilling the waters, and making the Gatorade!

What I love: 

I love this job because it is an unparalleled opportunity and educational experience with athletic injuries and rehab. However, I am most grateful to be a part of the ND sports medicine family and all the friendships and relationships from this incredible experience. 


Cameron Lucas '21

Campus Job: Senior Fellow for Internationalization, Notre Dame International


As a Senior Fellow, I work with my team to program events connecting international students with US students at Notre Dame. Given that many international students were remote this year, we held Zoom calls with students in China to talk about the culture at Notre Dame and what they can expect for when they can come to campus and recorded videos around ND describing what the buildings were. I am currently working on collaborating with the various cultural clubs on campus to help them put on events.

What I love:

I've loved getting to know the international students that I've called and being able to give them advice as well as hear about their culture in their home country!

p.s. If you're a current students who's interested in working with NDI, take a look at this podcast producer position on Handshake.

Learn More

Campus employment can include Federal Work Study. Check out this video to learn more.