Past Summer Internships
Each year, the Center for Ethics and Culture helps match its undergraduate Sorin Fellows with internship opportunities across the country and around the world. Below are highlights from a selection of past Sorin Fellow internship experiences. To learn more or to apply, visit the Sorin Fellows Internship page.
Brendan Besh is a junior in the Program of Liberal Studies and a CEC Sorin Fellow. In Summer 2016, he traveled to Siena to practice his language skills and interned with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. Here's what he had to say about his work with the Becket Fund:
Working at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has taught me that an attack on one religion is, in effect, an attack on all religion. All Catholics should have a deep respect and support for religious pluralism because it allows us to be who we are in public and in private--people of a devotion to the welfare of humanity and to the service of God. The freedom of conscience and religion go hand in hand--it should never be the government's prerogative to disrupt the good works of religious groups out of prejudice or ignorance.
Aly Cox is a senior, a Sorin Fellow, and the current president of ND Right to Life, the largest student club on campus. In Spring 2016, Aly interned with the Pontifical Academy for Life. Here's what she had to say about her experience:
Thanks to the Center for Ethics and Culture, I was blessed during my semester in Rome with an incredible internship at the Pontifical Academy for Life, an office of the Vatican that offers pro-life, bioethical advice and support to the Pope. I was able to work for the Academy during their annual assembly, in which the majority of the appointed Academy Members gather in Rome for a short conference to share their work and attempt to tackle current bioethical issues as a group. It was truly unfair to have access to this conference as an undergraduate, surrounded by the strongest Catholic academics and leaders in the field I aspire to be a part of. I was able to grow as an academic and a researcher through observation of Members' presentations and group meetings, and even through personal conversations with the Academy Members themselves. Most importantly, I was (again unfairly) invited to attend their private papal audience and have a personal encounter with Pope Francis. This will certainly be the crowning jewel in my adventures in Rome, for which I am immeasurably grateful.
Lauren Saunee is a junior Sorin Fellow. In Summer 2016, Lauren interned with Dr. Kevin Donovan at the Pellegrino Center for Bioethics in Washington, D.C. Here's what she had to say about her experience:
This summer the Center for Ethics and Culture provided me with the opportunity to intern for several weeks at Georgetown Medical School’s Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. During my time there, I was able to explore different aspects of bioethics, helping me to realize my own particular interests in the field. Both the valuable conversations with the staff at the Center and the literature I read while I was there will have a lasting impact on me, and I am very grateful to the Center for Ethics and Culture for this unique experience.
Keenan Kelley graduated from Notre Dame in 2016 with a degree in film, television, and theater. Keenan spent the summer of 2015 interning in Los Angeles with Movie to Movement, the production company behind many successful films, including Crescendo and Bella. During his internship, Keenan worked closely with Center friend and Vita Institute alumnus Jason Jones, founder of Movie to Movement.
Erin Stoyell-Mulholland graduated in 2015 with a degree in theology; she also served as president of ND Right to Life. During the Summer of 2014, the Center sponsored Erin's internship at the USCCB. Here's what she had to say about the experience:
“The Center for Ethics and Culture sponsored my summer internship with the Pro-Life Office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the summer of 2014. This hands-on, 10-week internship further immersed me in the public debate over one of the most vital issues of our day: support for authentic human freedom and dignity. Working closely with the USCCB administration and leadership gave me a greater understanding of and appreciation for our rich Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. I was able to observe firsthand the USCCB’s crucial role in the most important public debates in the United States and was given the tools necessary to help prepare and mobilize me for the next generation of pro-life activities."
In 2014, the Center sponsored an internship at the Vatican for Steven Waldorf, a Notre Dame graduate student in theology. Here’s how he described the experience:
“This summer, I worked as an intern in the Patrons of the Arts Office in the Vatican Museums. The Patrons Office raises funds for the restoration and conservation of pieces housed in the collections of the Vatican Museums, including high-profile restoration projects such as the lateral walls of the Sistine Chapel, the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, and the frescoes in the Pauline Chapel. As an intern at the Patrons Office, I researched philanthropic foundations to which the Vatican Museums can apply for grants to assist with the cost of restoration work. I also assisted the director of the Patrons Office, Rev. Mark Haydu, L.C., with the editing of his upcoming book on the depiction of angels in Vatican art.
“The opportunity to serve the Church by working at the Patrons Office is a great blessing, and I am most grateful for the support of the Center for Ethics and Culture in making my participation in the internship program possible.”