Senior Experience Application

The Senior Experience Program is to be a capstone project for members of the senior class. In essence, it will be the culmination of four years of study and will be the last formal learning experience for a Notre Dame student. The desired outcome of this experienced-based project would be to allow students to reflect upon their Notre Dame experience and also look to the future. The project should be based upon an area of interest to the student.

Goals of the Senior Experience Program:

  • To serve as a model for learning in the future
  • To allow students to explore an interest or desire
  • To give a different kind of learning experience
  • To put knowledge and skills into practice
  • To help with direction and focus for the future
  • To prove that learning happens everywhere - even outside of the classroom

    Possible Projects include internships with an organization, corporation or non-profit. An on-going community service project could also fullfill the requirements.

2016-17 Timeline

  • Students identify and design internship, complete proposal, obtain internship sponsor, obtain parent permission - October-November
  • Proposals due - December 7, 2016
  • Selection Committee determines eligibility - by February 1, 2017
  • Acceptance Letters mailed - February 16, 2017
  • Final day of classes for participating students - April 28, 2017
  • The experiential phase - May 1 - May 26, 2017
  • Mentor on-site visits - last week of May
  • Presentation date - May 30 and 31 2017
  • Senior Experience Program Fair - June 1, 2017

    Pass/Fail and 1/4 Credit - students will not receive diploma if signed up to complete program and fails to do so.


1. Completed and signed proposal due by December 7, 2016
2. Email faculty mentor weekly with daily journal entries
3. Have weekly time sheets signed by on-site sponsor
4. Submit project feedback form, one page reflection paper, time sheets, and supervisor's final assessment
5. Five minute presentation for SEP Committee
6. Participate in the SEP Fair - be prepared to present and discuss your experience

On-Site Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of the student during internship/service project
  • Sign off on weekly time sheets
  • Complete a performance assessment form at the conclusion of the senior's experience
  • Provide feedback to the faculty mentor who will complete an on-site visit
Eligibility Requirements
  • Passing grades in all senior year classes
  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA
  • Record of good attendance and punctuality
  • No record of disciplinary problems
  • Parental approval
  • Endorsement by Senior Experience Selection Committee
Additional Details
Required 30 hours per week - 120 hours total
Students can not be paid for work
Students can still participate in sports and school activities
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