Silicon Valley Semester
The University of Notre Dame Silicon Valley Semester Program (SVS) provides an off-campus study program for students interested in a semester-long experience in Silicon Valley, the global center for technological innovation and home to the most dynamic and exciting tech corporations and startups. The SVS experience will focus primarily on these 4 areas:
- Each student will take part in an experiential learning opportunity through a paid part-time (20-25 hours per week), credit-bearing (3 S/U credits) internship at a Bay Area company. Notre Dame-California is looking to attract students from a variety of majors with sincere interest and overlap in the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Silicon Valley community. All students participating in the SVS must maintain a full-time credit load as defined by Notre Dame and the US Department of Education (12 hours or more). Dropping below 12 credit hours will result in a loss of financial aid and dismissal from the SVS.
- ND-California will work with students to provide coursework suitable for juniors meeting Major, College, and general university course requirements. All students participating in the SVS must maintain a full-time credit load as defined by Notre Dame and the US Department of Education (12 hours or more). Students are strongly encouraged to take only three additional letter-graded courses in addition to the graded internship. See courses here.
Networking and Career Development
- SVS students will regularly meet ND alumni and industry leaders, attend career development workshops, and interact face-to-face with industry veterans and innovators who are eager to meet with our ambitious and top-tier student talent. SVS emphasizes the importance of relationships in Silicon Valley, and we provide students a leg up on cultivating and building those relationships for professional development.
Experiencing San Francisco and California
- SVS students live and work in the heart of Silicon Valley with easy access to San Francisco and San Jose (and their many attractions). Students are exposed to the natural beauty of the Bay Area, Monterey, Muir Woods, Half Moon Bay, Tahoe, etc. Students will also visit and tour companies like Tesla, Google, LinkedIn, Cisco, and more! SVS students will also be able to take advantage of several community and volunteer service activities in additional to reflection exercises and faith-based events.
Selection for the spring 2020 cohort is complete with 35 students from the Colleges of Engineering, Arts & Letters, Science, and the Mendoza College of Business. ND-California provides a limited number of courses to help students maintain progress toward graduation in addition to S/U credit earned from the experiential learning component of the part-time internship. You can learn more about courses here.