Student Intern Program

2020 Program Update

Due to the changes made to the University’s academic schedule in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (ADI) had made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Intern program for 2020.

The ADI committee has not made this decision lightly. ADI’s Summer Intern Program not only fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion in campus workplaces, but also offers invaluable opportunities for students to gain experience in real-world work, develop networking skills, and participate in the mission of the University.

We regret that the rapidly evolving pandemic crisis has made it impossible for us to host the program this year. The sponsors, committee members, and department supervisors would all like to thank those of you who applied for internships in 2020.

Please continue to go to Cornell’s coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information and FAQ. ADI extends its best wishes for your health and safety over the coming months.

Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion

About the Program

The Summer Intern Program, which was implemented in 2008, has steadily increased in depth and scope over the years. As a persistent Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (ADI) initiative, it is an important part of fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace at Cornell, both now and for the future. Internships support the areas of Finance, Audit, Procurement, Accounting, Payroll, IT, Retail, Budget and Planning, and potentially various other units at Cornell University’s Ithaca campus.

The students who participate are members of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, veterans and students with disabilities). During the program, the interns participate in a series of events designed to help them learn about how Cornell departments function and gain valuable work and networking skills they can take with them into their careers. Interns are asked to contribute positively to the Cornell community, conduct themselves in a professional manner, and participate fully.

The events include weekly lunch sessions that include presentations from senior university staff members, discussions centered on diversity, and field trips and social activities. At the end of the summer, interns deliver presentations that highlight what they’ve learned from their internship experiences, and they’re asked to provide feedback regarding enhancement opportunities for the departments in which they worked as well as Cornell as a whole.

Testimonials from Student Interns

“I read the new accounting standards, reviewed Cornell’s contracts and financial statements to understand Cornell’s current accounting procedures and drafted some new accounting journals. We got to meet with senior management of the university and all other interns with very diverse backgrounds. I think it would be a great experience for rising sophomores and juniors, preparing them for future internships outside Cornell.”


“Spending a summer at Cornell interning for the university is an experience like none other. Not only do you get to live in Ithaca and explore everything it has to offer, but also making a meaningful contribution to Cornell in either business or technology helps you truly understand what this university is all about. Additionally, the program provides an incredible speaker series with campus administrators that are doing really important work for Cornell. Very few students are lucky enough to say they were part of the summer intern program at Cornell.”


“I believe the program did a great job with teaching the interns about the different departments of Cornell. I definitely learned a lot more about different department functions at Cornell during that summer than I did the three years that I’ve been here.  The free food is always a plus; the compensation was good. In terms of advertising the experience, I thought the information on Handshake was good, but what was even better was during the interview, the managers elaborated on the program.”


Video: 2018 Summer Student Internship

Student Intern Photos on Flickr

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