Ingenuity in Action
Your education at Cornell consists of a unique blend of experiences, though these experiences can be difficult to articulate to employers, admissions committees, and others. The Ingenuity in Action program encourages you to participate in experiential learning both in and out of the classroom and reflect on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained.
All students will participate in at least two Ingenuity in Action (IiA) experiences as part of meeting their curriculum requirements at Cornell. Some students may do many more. To count your IiA experience toward the curriculum requirements, you will need to register your experience for transcript notation. You can also apply for funding to help you participate in formative experiential learning activities. Learn how to participate and apply for funding.
Students are required to participate in at least two IiA experiences in order to meet graduation requirements at Cornell. If a student enters Cornell College with over 14 academic credit hours, they will need to complete one Ingenuity in Action experience during their time at Cornell College. Both curricular and co-curricular experiences can be counted as IiA experiences and, while the minimum requirement must be satisfied, many students will choose to do more.
Students may select IiA experiences that are pre-approved or can propose their own. Many, but not all, pre-approved IiA experiences also qualify for academic credit. These experiences will be listed with a course number or labeled with “approved for credit.” IiA experiences that are eligible for academic credit will be counted for credit and notated as an IiA experience on the Cornell transcript.
A complete list of pre-approved experiences can be found under each IiA category.
- Creative Expression
- Civic Engagement
- Global Connections
- Professional Exploration
The IiA Committee will consider and review one transferable experiential learning activity beyond the high school level to satisfy one of the two required experiences, provided the experience meets the specifications and learning outcomes and the student completes the associated reflection questions. In these instances, the Committee will sponsor the transferred activity. Examples of relevant experiential learning the Committee may consider include service learning or study abroad during a gap year, pre-professional experiences, or civic leadership positions, among activities.
For a pre-Cornell experience to be considered for transcript notation, please submit a written petition that includes a description of the experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. An experience done elsewhere may only count for one of the two IiA required experiences; at least one experience must be completed while studying at Cornell.
Experiential learning is an active and reflective process whereby students build upon their liberal arts education through its application in a real-world context to advance their personal and professional development. Activities may consist of research, internships, off campus study, and many other immersive activities.
Experiential learning contains all of the following (CU Denver Career Center, 2020):
- Reflection, critical analysis, and connections across academic, personal, and professional aims
- Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
- Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
- A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from consequences, mistakes, and successes
Experiential learning has many benefits, both personally and professionally. To learn more about how Cornell College sees the benefits, visit https://www.ucdenver.edu/lynxconnect/internships/about
No experiential learning is complete without careful reflection after the experience is over. Reflection is a powerful tool for learning and growth, and this skill will help make you a great candidate for future opportunities. By participating in the program, you are internalizing lessons you learned and applying valuable knowledge and skills you gained to different contexts. This reflection and self-awareness helps you prepare for meaningful employment, graduate studies, service to others, or any other path you choose to pursue in life.
- Contact the Berry Career Institute