Q: LGBT and Non-Christian Life at ND

I would like to know how life at Notre Dame is for LGBT students, allies, and Non-Christians.

Thank you for asking. Regarding LGBT students and allies, last year the university published, “Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame” As a result of this plan, a new undergrad student organization has been formed, PrismND, and a new Assistant Director of LGBTQ initiatives named. I encourage you to be in touch with Ms. Doyle with any further specific questions you may have.

Regarding Non-Christians, approximately 29% of ND graduate students are non-Christian. And according to a recent survey of Graduate Student Life their levels of satisfaction with overall academic experience, sense of community, and quality of life do not differ significantly from that of Christian graduate students.

Q: South Bend Weather


We recently received a question asking the average temperature in Boston. Since Notre Dame is almost 900 miles west of Boston, it felt a bit like a Monty Python character asking for completely random and irrelevant information… “what is the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” On further investigation, however, it was interesting to note that the two cities have remarkably similar annual temperatures. Though we get a lot more snow!

You can view and compare climates in South Bend and across the globe at http://www.climate-zone.com/climate/united-states/indiana/south-bend/

Q: A List of Companies Offering Internships?


I am a foreign student from the Netherlands. I want to perform an internship in the USA, in specific in South Bend if possible.

my study major is mechanical engineering, with the minors Production engineering and Thermodynamical Engineering.

I don’t know if you students have to perform an internship.

I want to know if you have a kind of database of company’s offering intern positions.

The period of my internship would be from February 2014 up to June/July 2014. It must be 720 working hours.

could any of you help me with some kind of list containing interesting company’s for a internship?

With kindly regards.

Jorn Nijenhuis




Thank you for asking, Jorn.

Graduate students in Mechanical Engineering at Notre Dame are not required to complete any external internships, so there is no specific list of intern positions.  The website for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering<http://ame.nd.edu/> can help you see the areas of research being done here, as well as faculty members working on specific projects.