Cornell Fellows should complete each of the following items upon conclusion of the fellowship:
- Submit your post-fellowship report. The report should be three to five pages, double-spaced and is due two weeks after the conclusion of your fellowship. Your report should include the following elements:
- An overview of the organization.
- A summary of your project and its outcomes.
- Reflections on what you learned during the fellowship. What new skills did you develop? What did you learn about the industry standards and practices? What did you observe about the organizational and social cultures while you were there? Did you increase your understanding about the skills needed to succeed in the professional world?
- Comments on how your fellowship impacted your knowledge of the professional work environment. Keep in mind things like the networking you did and the interpersonal interactions you had with people such as your site mentor, colleagues, and the broader people in the community that help expand your knowledge about possible careers.
- Remarks on how the fellowship has influenced your academic and professional goals.
- Submit photos. You are responsible for submitting three to five photos that digitally document your fellowship experience. Examples of photos to capture include you in front of a sign with the name of your host organization, you at your work station, you with your site mentor and/or work colleagues, and you at local events/scenery. Photos should be uploaded to the CEC Dropbox account. If that doesn't work they should be sent directly to RJ Holmes-Leopold in a .jpg format for each item. Refer to your Cornell Fellowship Agreement for the submission due date.
- Post delinquent blog entries. If you fell behind in posting weekly reports, now is the time to make sure your blog is fully up to date with each week's entry. Refer to your Cornell Fellowship Agreement for the due date of delinquent blog entries.
- Policy Memo (Congressional Fellows only). All Cornell Fellows working in Congressional offices are asked to research a topic of their choice and to develop a policy memo by the conclusion of the fellowship. The policy memo should demonstrate the student's ability to utilize information resources available in Washington, D.C. as well as learning from the day-to-day experiences of working in a Congressional office. Professor Craig Allin has developed some guidelines for drafting a public policy paper; Fellows should develop their policy memos using this framework.
- Write a personal thank you note to your donor. Stop by the Career Engagement Center within two weeks after your fellowship to pick up a Cornell College notecard for the thank you note. In your handwritten thank you note please make sure to acknowledge and say how appreciative you are of the financial support that a Cornell alum or friend of the College has given to make your fellowship experience possible. Mention a couple of the specific things you accomplished during your fellowship. Also share with them how the fellowship has impacted your future plans and how it has made a difference in your academic career.
- Prepare for the Showcase. The Cornell Fellows Showcase is held early in block 4 and block 8. You will be receiving more concrete instructions (e.g., PowerPoint guidelines, information for family/peer/site invitations, run-through schedule, attire, schedule) in a separate set of communications beginning approximately eight to 12 weeks prior to your scheduled Showcase. If you have an academic or family conflict on the date of your Showcase presentation, contact RJ Holmes-Leopold to discuss alternate arrangements.