CALS Global Fellows Program

The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion.  The program provides professional development, logistical, and financial support. Acceptance to the program is highly competitive and has a limited number of spaces each year.

Our core objectives are to provide students with:

  1. preparatory workshops prior to a structured experiential learning experience abroad;
  2. abroad supervision and feedback from a professional with expertise and background in that field;
  3. a forum for critical reflection and skills to build internationally-minded leaders;
  4. increased understanding of international business, politics, and culture;
  5. opportunities to build relationships with professionals in their field/industry;
  6. skills that are transferable to a variety of professional settings, along with the ability to articulate those skills; and
  7. ongoing advising and support from professional program staff, even when student is out-of-country.


  • January 10-February 6: Internship portfolio available & applications open
  • By February 20: In-person interviews and offers distributed
  • Second half of Spring Semester: Mandatory pre-departure courses (1-credit)
  • ~June 1-August 15: 8 week in-country internships
  • Fall Semester: Mandatory post-internship course (1-credit)

Program and Placements

The program includes three parts:

  1. Two 1-credit pre-departure courses held during the second half of spring semester (8 weeks). Topics will include: making the most of your experiential learning opportunity, working in multi-cultural environments, preparing for a successful placement, health, safety and expectations abroad, and critical self-reflection. 
  2. Supervised summer internship, minimum of 8-weeks, in international setting.
  3. Post-internship module to provide students with opportunity to synthesize learning abroad, generate a report, and present outcomes.

CALS-Exclusive Curated Placements

This placement program places students in a range of curated internships, which are exclusively arranged by CALS.

Students are placed through a matching process. Students apply to the program through an online application. After the application closes, the internship management team reviews applications and schedules interviews with top candidates.  After these interviews, the team will match students with internships, based on each applicant’s skills and interests, and the needs of the host organization, taking into account what internship or organization will be the best fit for each student. The internship management team then ranks the students for each internship or organization.  Each organization that sponsors an internship will be sent the application information of the top candidates. Each organization will be given a chance to interview the candidates themselves before they make the final selection of the candidate they wish to accept.

Applications and Deadlines

Applications are live January 10. Application deadline is February 6. Decisions will be announced February 20.

Questions about the Global Fellows Program?

CALS Global Fellows Office
Cornell University | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
140 Roberts Hall | Ithaca, New York  14853 USA
Telephone: + 001 607.255.2257  | E-mail: