What is PIP?
PIP is a guaranteed career-related experience for the summer after your sophomore year! 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 Arts & Sciences Career Development during the 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 minimally paid experiences.
To be eligible for the Pathways Internship Program, students must:
- Be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell and working towards their bachelor’s degree.
- Not be on a leave of absence
- Be graduating in December 2022, May 2023, or December 2023 (for the 2020 application cycle)
- Be a first generation college student (as defined by Cornell Admissions)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
- Have received financial aid and have submitted their financial aid forms
Common items that ARE INCLUDED in Pathways Internship Program funding:
- Travel to and from summer 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 summer experience site: public transportation/gas
- Professional attire or uniform if that is expected for the experience
- Summer Savings Expectation for financial aid
- Professional Development opportunities
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
Pathways Internship Program Requirements (subject to change)
- Meet frequently with your career counselor
- Conduct 2 informational interviews or shadowing opportunities
- Identify at least 20 organizations of interest
- Complete at least 10 summer experience applications
- Complete and submit a summer budget
- Complete and submit summer reflection
Selection of Candidates
Prioriy will be given to student who are:
- First generation, first-year student status
- Able to demonstrate financial need
- Intending to pursue a summer experience away from Ithaca and/or their hometown
- Intending to pursue a summer experience that is unpaid or minimally paid
Important Dates (2019)
The below dates are from the 2019 application cycle. Dates will be updated soon to refelct 2020 cycle dates.
- Wednesday, February 27, 2019: Application opens
- Friday, March 29, 2019: Applications due at 12:00pm
- Monday, April 8, 2019: Decisions released via email by 4:30pm
- Monday, April 15, 2019: Contracts due by 4:30pm
*All times are in Eastern Time
Apply for PIP
**Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 cycle.
You can expect the following short answer questions in the application:
- Tell us about your career interests and goals. If you are exploring, what are your interest areas?
- What are you planning to do this summer (Summer 2020)? What factors affected your decision?
- Describe the opportunities you are interested in pursuing next summer (Summer 2021). Include information such as factors you are considering, locations of interest, what you hope to learn, industries of interest, type of experience (internship, volunteer/service, international, etc.)
- How will receiving guaranteed funding for Summer 2020 influence the options you consider for a summer experience, if at all?
Contact A&S Career Development at email@example.com with questions about this program, or set up an appointment with Ana Adinolfi.