Pathways Internship Program (PIP)
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What is PIP?
PIP is a guaranteed career-related experience for the summer after your sophomore year! Application opens in April; see eligibility requirements below.
The College of Arts & Sciences Pathways Internship Program provides funding for students to pursue a career-related experience of their choice during the summer after their sophomore year. Selected students will work closely with the Arts & Sciences Career Development Center during the 2018-2019 school year to ensure they find an appropriate career-related experience. In return, Arts & Sciences will cover the student’s Summer Savings Expectation and will offer an additional grant up to $8000 to mitigate any financial hardship associated with unpaid or underpaid experiences.
To be eligible for the Pathways Internship Program:
- Students must currently be enrolled and working towards their bachelor’s degree at Cornell. Students on a leave of absence are not eligible; you must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at Cornell.
- Students must also be returning to complete at least three full-time semesters of coursework towards their bachelor’s degree at Cornell.
Common items that ARE INCLUDED in Pathways Internship Program funding:
- Travel to and from experience location at the beginning and end of the summer
- Living expenses if living away from home, such as rent and groceries
- Commute to/from experience site: public transportation/automobile gas
- Professional attire or uniform if that is expected for the experience
- Summer Savings Expectation for financial aid
Expenses NOT covered by the Pathways Internship Program include (but are not limited to):
- The purchase of a vehicle
- Clothing other than a required uniform or professional attire
- Test prep courses (LSAT, GRE, etc.)
- Personal travel
Students who pursue the following experiences will NOT be eligible for Pathways Internship Program funding:
- Fee based programs: any program that charges tuition or a fee. If you go through a company that finds you an internship for a fee, or you are doing an internship through a program that charges tuition, it is ineligible.
- Cornell in Washington, Practicing Medicine, Public Health minor programs, or any other college-based program charging tuition/program fees (at Cornell or any other university)
- Personal research projects
- Personal entrepreneurial ventures
- Taking classes, at Cornell or elsewhere
- Returning to a previous research lab or internship experience
Selection of Candidates
The Selection Committee will evaluate applications based on the following factors:
- First generation, first-year student status
- Quality of proposal
- Benefit to student
- Financial need
Important Dates (2018)
April 23, 2018: Applications Due
May 7, 2018: Students notified
August 23, 2018 at 4:35pm: First PIP Group Meeting
Examples of Pathways Internship Program Requirements (subject to change)
- Complete application, including essays and release of financial aid information
- Attend 2 large group Guaranteed Internship Program meetings (August and April)
- Meet monthly with your career counselor, minimum of 8 meetings
- Visit one career fair
- Bring your resume draft to Career Development to be reviewed
- Participate in a mock interview
- Attend 2 Career Services programs of your choice
- Conduct 2 informational interviews or shadowing opportunities
- Create a LinkedIn profile and make at least 50 connections
- Complete the On Campus Recruiting tutorial for Handshake
- Identify at least 20 organizations of interest
- Complete at least 10 internship applications
- Complete and submit a summer budget
- Complete and submit a summer reflection journal
Contact A&S Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this program, or set up an appointment with Ana Adinolfi.