Notre Dame California Student Club
The Notre Dame California Student Club was established in 2016 in order to connect current students on campus who share a love of California. Though originally aimed at students from California, the clubs over 200 members now consists of students from all over the state and world who are interested in work in California after graduation. Through various events, including mentoring, networking, and social events, the club aims to aid in the transition to campus as freshmen as well as back to California after graduation.
Events and Programs
Freshmen Mentoring Program: Any interested freshman from California are paired with an upperclassman, also from California, in the first month of school. Mentors are encouraged to meet in person with their mentee frequently as well as check-in via text or email to provide advice and answer questions on the adjustment to Notre Dame (and winter!)
Bimonthly Career Advice Meetings: Every other month our advisor, Kaci Kelly, speaks at our club meetings highlighting jobs and internships based in California that are hiring at the time, as well as answer any questions pertaining to job and internship applications.
Networking Events: Occasional events with California alumni coinciding with their visits to campus. At the end of the school year, a larger networking event occurs with all students working in California that summer invited to meet others who will be in the area and discuss housing, transport, and other relevant information.
Summer Kick-Off Fundraiser: On the last Friday of the school year, the California Club gives out free food with a suggested donation. All money raised goes to a California based charity voted on by the club. This past year the proceeds went to the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental charity focused on preserving and protecting beaches.