While all Notre Dame students are invited to apply, special consideration will be given to rising juniors and seniors. We are looking for dynamic leaders to:
“The personal connection made me feel welcome - this isn’t a random internship, it’s personal.”
“I learned a lot about what it means to be part of company culture, and the kinds of things I’d like to have in a future employer."
“I know I want to do something in the business world, but I don’t want to work in a large, profit-maximizing company. The non-profit feel and education industry brought me to this internship.”
“I had a lot of autonomy. I could tell they had faith in me, and they were responsive to my needs and my growth. They let me have ownership over the work I did.
“We had access to Mass every day, and I always had the opportunity to pray. The people I worked with really reflected what I think of when I think of a Catholic - they were extremely welcoming and open to our input, and they were flexible with the things that I needed to do.”
“I knew this would be an opportunity to learn a lot - The people I worked with were very open to helping me develop my skills, which is more than I thought I would get other places as a sophomore.”
“I learned how to ask the right questions in meetings with executives and I developed a better understanding of how a large business functions.”
Pier Giorgio Frassati, a soon to be saint, was an ordinary man who lived out his faith in extraordinary ways over the course of his short life on Earth. Born into a wealthy family in Turin, Italy in 1901, he studied intensely at the best academies to become a mechanical engineer. Frassati’s passions were wide and varied - he was an outdoorsman, a mountaineer, a political protester, and a jokester. However, his deepest passion was his love of the poor.
There are many accounts confirming Frassati’s dedication to the marginalized. He was often scolded by his mother for arriving late to dinner, but what she did not know was that he had spent his afternoon serving the hungry and then running home after giving away his bus money. Pier’s father would reprimand him for returning home without his coat not knowing that he gave it away. Pier Giorgio Frassati contracted polio from his work with the poor and died at the age of 24. His commitment to those in need was apparent even in his death as he scribbled a message to his friend with his paralyzed hand for medicine to be taken to a poor sick man that Frassati had been visiting.
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati embodied the integrated lifestyle that we strive for at ACE, Notre Dame, and in the Congregation of Holy Cross at large. In the words of Blessed Basil Moreau, “...the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.” On the famous photo of Frassati’s final climb he wrote the words “verso l’alto” meaning “to the heights.” His entire life was dedicated to this climb towards the top, towards heaven. In this way, Frassati’s life inspires our interns so that their career, personal life, and faith life are indistinguishable from one another, but instead each inform the other.