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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.

Design 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 “Design 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.

All internships must:

  • Be with a non-profit outside of Tompkins County OR a small for-profit employer;
  • Be located within the United States;
  • Be at least 35 hours per week; and
  • Last 8-10 weeks during the summer employment period.