Cornell Fellows is the college's premier opportunity for high-level internships and professional mentoring. Approximately 20-30 students participate in fellowships across the United States and internationally each year. Cornell Fellows are engaged in hands-on projects throughout the eight-week fellowship, complete at least one academic credit, and receive financial support to offset costs associated with housing, transportation, food, and supplies. Cornell Fellows are highly visible in campus communications and must complete several additional requirements if they are accepted.

Students can apply for opportunities at existing Cornell Fellows sites or request funding to support an internship at new site that they propose. 

Cornell Fellows engage in a range of experiences that connect classroom theories with real-life. From this experience, Fellows develop a sharpened sense of their personal abilities and values which prepares them for a lifetime of professional service and leadership. With the support of a strong alumni and professional network and from exceptional faculty sponsors, a Cornell Fellowship is a distinctive and highly regarded aspect of a Cornell College education.

All students appointed to a Cornell Fellowship are expected to meet the following responsibilities:

  • Gain support of a faculty member to act as a faculty sponsor for the fellowship.
  • Meet with the site mentor to set expectations for work hours and professional conduct at the site, outline the fellowship project, identify learning objectives, and to create an assessment plan for the fellowship.
  • Report for the fellowship position on time and fulfill all work responsibilities in their position description and/or learning and assessment plan.
  • Meet routinely with their direct supervisor, site mentor (if different from the direct supervisor), and faculty sponsor (by phone or email) to track progress on the learning and assessment plan.
  • Plan and execute a substantive project, make an oral presentation (on-site and/or on -campus) about the project, and write a complete report.
  • Submit weekly activity reports providing updates on the fellowship experience.
  • Document the experience through digital photographs that can be used for the Cornell Fellows website and program marketing.
  • Prepare a written summary of the fellowship experience reflecting on what was accomplished and how the fellowship has influenced the fellow's academic and professional goals.