SEEDS Program

The Summer Education and Engagement for Data Science (SEEDS) program offers:

  • A four-week immersion program for local high-school students, especially those from under-resourced schools and communities, to learn about data science and to apply skills through hands-on project-based learning tied to their experiences and interests;
  • A summer internship for undergraduate students in data-science related disciplines to teach and mentor high-school students. In the first part of the internship program, students will receive training on data analytics and visualization, project-based learning, and working with minors. In the second part of the program, students will lead workshops in data science and visualization, data ethics, data analytics, and coding to high-school mentees, and guide them on real-world data science projects. 


Participating in the SEEDS internship is a great way to foster early community engagement in data science, an increasingly important subject for citizen education and to prepare students for the future job market. It is also a great way for undergraduate students to develop skills in teaching, mentorship and leadership.

Launched for the summer of 2022, the SEEDS program received overwhelmingly positive feedback from its first cohort of high-school participants (100% female, 100% URM), who gave a 4.5/5 average satisfaction rating. Specific questions about the SEEDS program can be directed Alison Cheng.


  • Must be currently enrolled at Notre Dame or St. Mary’s as an undergraduate student in a data-science related discipline  
  • Passionate to make an impact through education and community engagement 


  • 8 weeks of internship opportunity to work with faculty, researchers and high-school students
  • On-campus housing 
  • Stipend ($8000/student): $4500 towards research efforts, $3500 to offset costs of housing and food. 
  • Opportunities to receive training on data science, teaching and mentoring

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: The application deadline is Friday, Feb 9, 2024
  • Awarded Internships Announced: Interviews will take place in the week of Feb 12 and final selection will be announced by Friday, February 16, 2024
  • Internship Date: June 3, 2024 – July 26, 2024 
  • Research symposium presentation: July 24, 2024
  • High school program tentative dates: June 26, 2024 – July 19, 2024 (off on July 4 and 5, 2024)


Please direct inquiries to Sugana Chawla, Education and Outreach Program Manager at the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society  (