Beyond the Dome is a toolkit of resources specially designed for Arts & Letters students in order for them to achieve career readiness.
We think of careers broadly, in terms of all the places an A&L graduate might go after Notre Dame — full-time jobs, graduate or professional school, service programs, and more. Our goal is to enable students to leverage the value of their liberal arts education and understand how it can serve them well no matter which path they pursue.
Career Development Resources
Meruelo Family Center for Career Development
How will you be a force for good in the world? We'll help begin your journey. The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development is a place to help you connect what you’re learning and enjoying during your college experience to prepare for success after graduation. From discerning your interests, exploring industries, tailoring your resume and cover letter, to creating an introduction to employers interested in your competencies, we’re here for you!
What can I do with my major?
What types of jobs do Art History majors get? What medical schools do Psychology majors go to? What percentage of German majors are still looking for work six months after graduation? The skills cultivated by a Notre Dame liberal arts education prepare students to thrive in changing times. Learn more about where our graduates find success after Notre Dame.
The Career Process: A Year-by-Year Guide
As you begin your journey to career readiness, having a plan can give you direction and purpose. These are suggested steps — your path may be a little different, and that’s OK. The important thing is to engage with the career resources and opportunities and make progress every year.
PathwayU is a web-based tool that helps students figure out their purpose. Completing a survey of your interests, personality traits, values, and workplace preferences will produce a personalized guide for the types of internships and job opportunities that match your attributes. A Beyond the Dome tool, PathwayU can both help a student choose a major that matches their interests and then see what career paths are worth exploring.
Notre Dame’s alumni network is legendary — countless graduates around the world who are always eager to connect with current students. The best part? There’s a platform to help you tap into that network and get guidance and support as you pursue a career — IrishCompass. It's like LinkedIn, but only for the Notre Dame family.
Looking for an internship or job? Handshake is the #1 way that college students find them. Used by more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Handshake is the premier platform to explore careers, find internships and jobs, and connect with resources at the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development. Recruiters are looking for you — but you have to be on the platform to get noticed!
A summer internship is a great way to gain real-world experience and build your professional network — but many are unpaid or low-paying and they’re often in cities where the cost of living is very high. The Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program and other grants offered through the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development financially help students defray the cost of travel, rent, and food while completing an internship in any industry or location worldwide.
Peers to Careers
Notre Dame students learn a lot from each other — from where to find free food to football gameday traditions. Knowing this, Beyond the Dome developed Peers2Careers, a residence hall ambassador program. Each dorm has A&L students living there who understand Notre Dame’s career services and serve as in-house experts. They can guide other A&L students to resources and tools that help with discernment and career exploration. Have a question about how to find an internship or prepare for a job search? Ask your dorm’s P2C ambassador! We are always looking for more P2C ambassadors in all residence halls. If you’re interested in learning more about career readiness and want to be a resource for others in your hall, click to learn more.