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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 the 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, and must not be enrolled in 6 or more credits during the summer term. Students must also be planning to return full time for the subsequent fall semester. All positions must be within the United States and be career or academically related.

New York City Public Service Corps Internship

Cornell Career Services partners with the New York City Public Service Corps (NYCPSC) placement agency to connect students with meaningful community service internships with certain non-profits and city agencies/departments in the five boroughs of New York.  You are not applying to an individual position or job when you complete the NYCPSC application. Instead, you will indicate on the application several work areas of interest and rank your preferred borough(s) to work.

Search our listings of current summer jobs and internships at Cornell University and within the local area.

Visit Career Services for more information about conducting your summer job or internship search outside of Cornell University and the local Ithaca/Tompkins area.