Apply by February 17 – 20 diverse student summer intern opportunities available!

Approximately 20 positions are now available for the diverse student summer internship program, sponsored by the Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell. The application deadline is February 17, 2017. Internships begin in June and will run 9 to 10 weeks through August, at 30 to 39 hours per week, depending on availability.

About the Program

The summer intern program is an important part of fostering a culture of global diversity and inclusion at Cornell. Members of underrepresented groups (women, LGBTQ, minorities, and students with disabilities) among Cornell’s sophomore, junior, or senior classes are strongly encouraged to apply.

Although the intern positions are in different departments, regular opportunities are provided for interns to network. Interning students can gain skills in a hands-on learning environment that can be carried over to the workplace or graduate school. Learn more about the program in the Summer Intern Program section of this blog.


Selected interns are expected to contribute positively to the Cornell community, conduct themselves in a professional manner, and must participate fully during normal office hours. Weekly lunchtime meetings, where lunch is provided, will include presentations from Cornell’s senior staff members as well as conversations on current events amongst the interns participating in the program. Interns are expected to participate in these events and exhibit interest in learning about Cornell departments and staff roles, as well as provide perspectives on the subjects presented.

At the end of the summer, interns will deliver presentations that highlight what they’ve learned from their experiences.

2017 Positions

  • Division of Financial Affairs:
    • Procurement Services (2 interns) – Business process improvements, spend analysis, etc.
    • University Controller (2 interns) – Financial projects, data analysis, etc., website content development
    • University Payroll (1 intern) – Software implementation (testing, validation, troubleshooting)
  • Division of Budget and Planning (1 intern) – Reporting, documentation, research, etc.
  • University Audit Office (3 interns) – Audit planning and field work, data analysis, etc.
  • The Cornell Store (2 interns) – Business and process reviews, marketing plans, etc.
  • Cornell Information Technologies:
    • Business Intelligence (1 intern) – Data modeling, reporting, database tuning and development, etc.
    • Course Technologies (1 intern) – Support learning technologies projects, communication projects, technical writing, etc.
    • Custom Development (2 interns) – Process improvements, quality assurance testing, web content entry, etc.
    • Communications (2 interns) – Communication projects, social media, event planning, etc.
    • Security (1 intern) – Vulnerability assessments, digital forensics, data analysis, etc.
    • Systems Engineering (2 interns) – Process analysis, databases, data analytics, communications, etc.

To apply for any of these positions by February 17, 2017, log in to Cornell Handshake (select Cornell Student Login and enter your NetID and password). Once you are logged in, go to Housing is not available for these internships; students will need to make their own arrangements.

Note: Individual job descriptions are shown for each position. To apply for multiple positions at once, submit one application and use the cover letter to indicate which of the positions interest you.

Required Qualifications

To be a successful candidate, you should be a strong analytical thinker, a problem solver, and a multi-tasker, with well-developed communication skills. Multicultural competence is highly valued. You must be able to interact with all levels of staff, be attentive to detail, be able to work with little supervision, and execute directions to required standards. You must also possess advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Access). Coursework or work experience in the applicable area is a plus. See the individual job descriptions for more specific information.