Experiential Learning, Internships & Research
Experiential learning is an active and reflective process whereby students build upon their liberal arts education through its application to a real-world context. It advances students' personal and professional development.
The Berry Career Institute strives to facilitate the process by which students at Cornell can engage in these opportunities. Internships, Independent Study and Research are all examples of robust experiential learning. They provide avenues for our students to deepen their understanding of specific academic disciplines and also a variety of other real-world skills. These experiences, especially internships, rank high on the list of what employers want to see in new graduates seeking employment.
What is an internship?
An internship is an on-the-job learning experience that connects academic preparation with the working world. Internships are done under the supervision of a professional supervisor and sponsored by a faculty member if done for credit.
Internships may be full-time or part-time, may take place during the academic year or during the summer, and may or may not be paid. Although many students prefer to do an internship for academic credit and have it appear on their transcript, you may do one simply for the experience if it does not fit into your academic calendar.
Employers are looking to hire individuals with experience—internships provide that experience. Internships also help you to develop new skills and positive work habits, explore your interests and career options, and provide a means to gain future employment. In fact, many companies hire interns who have worked for them into full-time opportunities.