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 Grants give students an opportunity to experience work in a public affairs context and put learning into action.  


  • Students may receive grants twice during their undergraduate time at Notre Dame.
  • They must 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. 
  • Funding is is intended to cover out of pocket costs of living while interning. It is not considered wage replacement.
  • 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 grants for paid internships will supplement wages to the extent that food, transportation, and housing costs are covered.
  • The Hesburgh Program cannot fund internships with political candidates, parties, or PACs. Internships with elected officials, in their professional office are eligible. 

COVID INFORMATION: Students participating in summer experiences do so at their own risk. Students are advised to evaluate health and safety conditions with any summer experience, particularly related to COVID-19. Funding support through the Hesburgh Program does not constitute endorsement of the health and safety conditions at a particular location.

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. Grant amounts will be determined based on a budget submitted by the student.


Students should receive an internship offer prior to applying. Complete the budget worksheet, and upload it with the application.

For information about applying, contact Amy Fagerli or 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