Application Deadlines

Fellowships will be awarded on merit and on a first-come, first served basis.

We understand that many programs may not notify students of internship acceptance until closer to the internship start date. Applications received after deadlines will be accommodated when possible. 

Deadlines for existing fellowship sites can change without notice, particularly if multiple applicants for the same role are expected. Check back regularly in case the deadline has changed. 

Summer Applications

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply on or before the following deadlines (or deadline listed for a specific site).

Priority Deadline: Block 5: February 1, 2019 (recommended for existing sites and those who have secured an internship site already)

Final Deadline: Block 7: March 22, 2019

Academic Year Applications

Deadline: 60-90 days prior to the internship start date. Early applications encouraged.

Apply now


  • Preference is given to students who have at least sophomore standing at the time of application.
  • Students selected must be enrolled at the College for the duration of the fellowship and present at a Cornell Fellows Showcase.
  • Fellowships must be done for academic credit.
  • Fellowships are 8 weeks/2 blocks in duration and take place during the summer or academic year. 
  • Students completing fellowships during their senior year must be enrolled in at least one course on campus following the conclusion of the fellowship.
  • Students are limited to one fellowship during their Cornell experience.

Application Checklist

  1. Secure a faculty sponsor and recommendation. Faculty sponsors must agree to award credit for your internship and complete the Cornell Fellows Faculty Recommendation Form to accompany your application. The faculty sponsor is also responsible for providing guidance and support to the Cornell Fellow during the fellowship.Dimensions Fellows (Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospital) ONLY: Your faculty sponsor does not need to complete the recommendation form above unless you are selected for the fellowship experience. You should, however, notify your faculty sponsor that Dimensions (Mark Kendall or Jai Shanata) may reach out to her/him for comment on your aptitude and suitability for the fellowship. Faculty recommendation forms should be sent to Rebecca Sullens
  2. Update your resume with the Berry Career Institute. A resume outlining your academic, co-curricular, work, volunteer, and leadership experiences is necessary to help the Fellows Committee review your credentials for the fellowship. Make an appointment. 
  3. Write your proposal. The proposal should provide background on the site, your qualifications, and how it relates to your career goals. Required length is 600-900 words. Your proposal must be reviewed by a staff member in the Writing Studio or Berry Career Institute and must include the following elements:
    • An overview of the organization and how you found out about it.
    • Why the fellowship interests you and the projects you might be working on.
    • Skills and experience you have that will allow you to contribute to the organization. Be specific. 
    • What you hope to gain from the experience and how it helps you work towards your academic and career goals.
  4. Create a budget estimate. Utilize the sample budget worksheet to estimate food, transportation, and housing expenses.
  5. Complete the online application for funding and course credit. 

  6. Schedule a mock interview. Applicants are encouraged to complete an in-person mock interview with Rebecca Sullens prior to the interview with the selection committee.

Cornell Fellows funding is awarded to offset expenses for housing, transportation, food, and supplies. Funding is not available for costs associated with academic credit.