Mendoza School of Business
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Grow Irish Week is one of the highlights of your Mendoza education. It happens twice annually, in mid-October after Mod 1 and mid-March after Mod 3, and features immersive, off-campus learning experiences that challenge you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom, demonstrate what you’re capable of, and create a vision for your future.

Grow personally and professionally through hands-on experiences

Grow your circle by networking with the ND community

Grow the good in business by driving real-world impact


Fall Grow Irish connects MNA students with leaders from a diverse array of local and regional nonprofit leaders as students prepare for their Practicum placements beginning in Mod 2.

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For Spring Grow Irish, qualified Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) students who are project-ready may choose between two options:

  • The first is a team-based intensive, weeklong nonprofit travel immersion featuring project-based learning with nonprofit organizations in a large metropolitan area. This affords you valuable networking opportunities with alumni and nonprofit leaders as you discern diverse career paths in the nonprofit sector.
  • The second option will feature innovation and flexibility in furthering the nonprofit career readiness of MNA students looking to stay on campus.
Grow Irish Week provided real-world experience while learning about the challenges within the nonprofit sector. I developed new skills, applied what I learned in the classroom, expanded my network and, most importantly, contributed to meaningful projects. Ellie Quijada-Navarro, MNA '23

Grow Irish marks a pivotal moment in the MNA program as students forge deeper bonds with each other and expand their technical and leadership abilities.

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Outdoor challenges designed to build teamwork and communication skills help equip students for their Practicum group projects with area nonprofits during Mods 2 and 3.

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Grow Irish also features engaging networking opportunities for students to get connected with inspiring nonprofit professionals at a diverse array of nonprofits throughout the greater South Bend region.

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Touring nearly a dozen local local nonprofits such as Hello Gorgeous, students discern which organizations will be the best fit for their Practicum placement to help them reach their professional goals.

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MNA students come to Notre Dame from many different backgrounds where they receive valuable preparation for highly varied career trajectories.

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