Internships and DYO

Career-focused work experience

A student internship is a temporary position that focuses around on-the-job training. Internships allow opportunities for students to gain experience in a field, or determine interest in a particular career path.  An internship typically allows students to perform entry-level work and to better understand the structure and dynamics of different types of organizations.

Develop Your Own (DYO) Internship

Students who are Federal Work Study eligible and wish to work for an organization/agency outside of Cornell during a summer employment term may complete a “Develop Your Own” (DYO) internship application along with their prospective employer. If the application is approved, the summer employer can be reimbursed for a portion of the students’ summer wages. Students must be registered full-time and eligible for Federal Work Study in the spring semester prior to the summer employment term for which they are completing the DYO application. They must also be returning full-time for the subsequent fall semester. All positions must be within the United States and be career or academically related.