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! 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 underpaid 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 2021, May 2022, or December 2022 (for the 2019 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 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.)
  • Insurance
  • Personal travel
  • Entertainment

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

Prioriy will be given to student who are:

  • First generation, first-year student status
  • Able to demonstrate financial need
  • Intending to pursue an internship away from Ithaca and/or their hometown
  • Intending to pursue an internship that is unfunded or underfunded

Important Dates (2019)

  • Wednesday, February 27: 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

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 internship applications
  • Complete and submit a summer budget
  • Complete and submit summer reflection


Contact A&S Career Development at with questions about this program, or set up an appointment with Ana Adinolfi.