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All-College Independent Study Courses

No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380, 289/389, 290/390,
297/397, 299/399) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for the
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree. For students graduating in 2016 or earlier, no
more than two All-College Independent Study course credits (380, 389, 390, 397, 399) may be
counted toward satisfying the minimum of eight course credits numbered in the 300s or 400s
required for the B.A. or B.Mus. degree.

280/380. Internships (1/2-1)
Internships are experiential learning activities designed to provide students with opportunities
to make connections between the substance and methods of academic study and the application
of that study to work or service. Internships entail pre-professional work projects conducted
under the guidance of a practicing professional supervisor, and help students develop leadership
and service skills. Internships are sponsored by a Cornell faculty member and supervised by a
representative of the organization or firm where the internship resides.

Internships typically feature an agreement among the parties projecting student responsibilities
(including hours to be assigned); documentation of activity (e.g., daily journals, weekly reports,
and/or a final, reflective essay from the student); and evaluation of performance (including a
report from the supervisor on site. A valid internship will include a minimum of 40 hours of
participation per week for one month to receive one course credit and 20 hours of participation
per week for one month to receive one-half course credit.

Although some departments may suggest topics or put students in contact with prospective
employers, most students develop their own proposals and contacts. To enroll in an internship,
a student must file a contract endorsed by the faculty sponsor. The contract must be submitted
to the Registrar at least one week before the start of the Block in which the internship is to be
credited. Students must consult the faculty member whom they wish to have sponsor their
internship well in advance of the submission deadline. Internship credit will not be approved
retroactively. Printable forms are available from the Registrar’s Office web site.

Students should bear in mind the following when electing to participate in an internship:

• International students on F-1 (student) visas should consult with the Office of Intercultural
    Life to determine if the internship constitutes curricular practical training or off-campus

• Students participating in international internships must meet with the Office of
    International and Off-Campus Studies to submit required documents and obtain
    information about the College’s foreign insurance policy.

• Expenses incurred (such as for transportation and lodging) must be borne by the student.
• Students who receive financial compensation for their participation in an internship or

    similar program may have their Cornell aid adjusted accordingly.
• Students who are off campus Blocks 1 and 2 may not participate in room selection or

    otherwise hold an on-campus room for first semester. Students should contact the Residence
    Life Office the Block prior to their return to campus to confirm their housing assignments.

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