Cross Cultural Leadership Program


The ILS Cross Cultural Leadership Program is an extraordinary opportunity for you to immerse yourself in a lively Latinx community this summer!

CCLP 2022 Information Session

Open to all First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, and rising Seniors in all majors and departments. First priority for placements goes to Latino Studies Supplementary Majors and minors.  

Participation in CCLP is offered at no cost to ND undergraduate students looking to increase their understanding and engagement in Latinx populations. 

Application for Summer 2023 will open in the Fall of 2022.

June 4 - July 31, 2022 Program Details
Chicago, Los Angeles, & Washington D.C.

  • 8-week immersion placement in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. - Saturday, June 4-Friday, July 31st, 2022
  • 3 credits towards Latino Studies course (course credits applied in Fall 2022)
  • Stipend of $1,600 & housing in vibrant Latino community
  • Scholarship award of $3,000
  • Round-trip flight arrangements
  • Opportunity to build community with fellow ND interns
  • Weekly meet-ups with ND professor virtually and/or in person
  • Social activities with young ND alumni mentor
  • Scholarly and community engagement activities
  • Networking opportunities and cultural events
  • All Cross Cultural Leadership Programs this summer are offered at no cost to ND students 

The Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) connects students with summer internship opportunities in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The site matching process is a rolling process, so please apply early for a better chance at your preferred site.

Saturday June 4  - Travel to destination
Sunday June 5 - Orientation in your city
Monday June 6 - First day of service
Friday July 29 - Last day of service
Sunday July 31 - Deadline to move out/return home (Revised from July 29th)

Dr. Karen Richman will be teaching the summer CCLP course as a national, online course for participants taking the 3-credit course.

**View this past year's placements** 

For additional information and participating organizations in each city, visit the list of partners

Cclp Pr Group Outdoors


Academic Requirements

  • Attend three orientation sessions in the spring semester prior to summer service learning course.
  • Register for a three-credit course. Credit is granted in the fall following completion of the summer service learning course. For students studying abroad in the fall, credit will be conferred in the spring.
  • Read all course books and course packet articles.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Participate in class sessions with professor and other students.
  • Write synthesis paper at the end of the course.
  • Final presentation of your experience at end of summer service learning course to other students, faculty, community members, and alumni of Notre Dame.
  • Participate in all follow up activities in fall following summer service learning course such as exit interview, video, and open house for future potential applicants.

Student Spotlights

Paola Ortiz

“Once I began my internship with the health policy team, I absolutely loved everything about the organization and its work. It never felt like work because I truly enjoyed every second and I felt as if everything I did was meaningful and contributed to tackling these disparities.

“Without CCLP, I would not have found my passion, and if I had, it would have been too late into my undergraduate career. Once I had this epiphany, I switched my major from science pre-professional to political science.”

Paola Ortiz '24 
Washington D.C. • UnidosUS
Political Science & Latino Studies w/ Business Econ Minor  


"As a child, I served as an interpreter and navigator for my family. Working at Taller de Jose in Chicago as a 'compañera,' I related to my clients who needed someone to help them access healthcare and disability resources. I attended to the immediate needs of walk-in clients, reviewed grant narratives, connected people with Catholic Charities, the Resurrection Project and other agencies across the city, accompanied clients to the hospital, and provided support by being a good listener and communicator. 

"The optimism and hopeful nature of the Mexican American community in Chicago inspired me. Mexican Americans show us their strength and perseverance generation after generation.”

Iesha Magallanes '20 
Chicago • Taller de José 
Computer Science and Design Major


Special Thanks to ....

• Arthur and Joanne Velasquez for their generous endowment in support of the CCLP Chicago site.

• The Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles for being a generous supporter of the CCLP Los Angeles site through annual endowment contributions raised at club events.

Notre Dame Club Of Los Angeles