Cornell Fellows is the college's premier opportunity for high-level internships and professional mentoring. Approximately 20-25 students participate in fellowships globally each year. Cornell Fellows are engaged in hands-on projects throughout the full-time (35-40 hours per week) 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 outside of the fellowship.
Students can apply for opportunities at existing Cornell Fellows sites or request funding to support an internship at a new site that they propose.
Cornell Fellows engage in a range of experiences that connect classroom theories with real-life. A Cornell Fellowship is a distinctive and highly regarded aspect of a Cornell College education.
- Obtain a faculty sponsor
- Meet with your site mentor to understand expectations for work hours, professional conduct, project work, learning objectives, and to create an assessment plan for the fellowship.
- Report for the fellowship position on time and fulfill all work responsibilities and/or learning and assessment plan requirements.
- Communicate routinely with your direct supervisor and/or site mentor and faculty sponsor to track progress on the learning and assessment plan.
- Plan and execute a substantive project, make an oral presentation (on-site or as part of the Fellows Showcase) about the project, and write a complete report.
- Submit weekly blog entries 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 influenced your academic and professional goals.