The Lyman Internship Program in Public Policy

The program recognizes that not all learning is accomplished in the classroom. It seeks to encourage students to engage in public policy issues by sponsoring a summer internship program thanks to a generous endowment from the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. Gary Lyman Internship Awards give students an opportunity to experience work in a public affairs context and put learning into action. Lyman Interns receive a financial award to cover their cost of living while interning. Students who receive a paid internship and/or stipends are still eligible, however, it is expected that those wages will be used for summer expenses. Any awards for paid internships will supplement wages to the extent that food, transportation, and housing costs are covered.  

ELIGIBILITY: Students may receive awards twice during their undergraduate time at Notre Dame. They must also be in good academic standing and making adequate progress in the minor. Internships must be a minimum of 20 hours per week for 6 weeks, or longer. Note: we cannot fund internships with political candidates, parties, or PACs.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Students are welcome to apply once they have accepted an internship offer with an organization of their choosing, provided it is related to public service and/or public policy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Award amounts will be determined based on a budget submitted by the student.

APPLICATION: Summer Internship Funding Application

For information about applying, contact Claudia Francis.


"The Hesburgh Program is an amazing minor, one of the aspects of the minor that really helped me was the internship funding. I did an...internship for an NGO at the United Nations and the Hesburgh Program completely funded my internship, allowing me to have an incredible experience for a whole summer."

-Bentley Jos, Class of 2021