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.)
- 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 internship 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 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, 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
**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. It is fine to still be exploring!
- What are you planning to do this summer (Summer 2019)? How did you decide what to do?
- Tell us about the kinds of summer experience(s) you hope to pursue next summer (Summer 2020). You may include the type of experience, the location, what you hope to discover. Again, it's fine if this is a tentative plan or if you're not sure what you want to do.
- How will receiving guaranteed funding for Summer 2020 influence your choice of summer experience, if at all?
Contact A&S Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this program, or set up an appointment with Ana Adinolfi.