CALS Global Fellows Program

The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships and research placements that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. Through key partnerships, the Global Fellows Program provides a platform for students to make positive and definable contributions to global organizations and communities.  

Acceptance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are selected each year. 

The program includes three parts: 

  • ALS 2300: Pre-engagement course held during the second half of spring semester (8 weeks). Topics 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. (1 credit, S/U) 
  • Continuous summer internship/research placement for 7-8 weeks in an international setting. 
  • ALS 2301: Post-engagement course providing students with the opportunity to synthesize learning abroad, generate a report, and present outcomes to the CALS community. (1 credit, S/U) 

Eligibility and Applications 

Applicants must have completed 1 academic year, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and maintain good academic standing. This program is not open to current seniors, unless returning beyond their summer experience for the fall semester. Applications will open in December and close late January.  


Each selected Fellow receives a monetary stipend, up to $5,000, to offset internship-related expenses, including flight, visa expenses, and housing and food. Award amounts are determined by several factors including, but not limited to, number of weeks of internship, hours per week, location, budget and financial need. Global Fellows should budget wisely and be willing to financially contribute to their experience. 

Program Placements 

All Global Fellows Program placements are in organizations and institutions with clearly defined professional fields of practice which have been curated by CALS and the partners. For each placement, we provide an overview of the type of projects and duties that interns may support and enact. While some internships have predefined expectations and roles, several are with partners who have multiple ongoing and fluid projects that require interns who are flexible and proactive within a particular context (e.g. Tanzania and India). A few of our internship partners (e.g. Bangkok, Sydney, and Singapore) will support Fellows throughout the spring semester to finalize their placement in an organization, company or research lab with a focus that matches their interests. It is key then, that students clearly articulate their personal and professional objectives throughout the application process, and if selected as a Fellow, contribute meaningfully to the matching phase. 

Click on any of the opportunities below to review more details. Note that in several cases, the program offers more than one placement within the same country and/or with the same global partner.  

For a list of ALL placements, and to APPLY, visit the Experience at Cornell website


Shanghai is a place where global commerce, international business, and ancient traditions meet – often on the same street. With over 30 million people and situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River, it is the global center of China. Modern and efficient transportation will take you quickly too many parts of the city while the many cultures lends to the perfect blend of traditional and the western cultures, not to mention endless options for delicious food around each corner. Shanghai is sure to amaze, astound and provide a deep appreciation for China's past, present and future.


ShanghaiTech Summer Lab

Suggested majors: Information Science, Biology, Engineering focusing in areas of neuroscience, biophysics, artificial intelligence, materials science; click to view list of 2019 labs

ShanghaiTech is a young resource-rich university with a modern residential campus in the heart of Shanghai Pudong’s Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. With an academic focus on STEAM research, ShanghaiTech is committed to carrying out China’s national development strategy and nurturing the next generation of innovative scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.


India, the most populous democracy in the world and seventh-largest country by area, offers rich and diverse landscapes, culture, and climate. Being the second-most populous country, India’s growing business opportunities attract students seeking career enhancement in a unique and complex nation.


Sathguru Management Consultants

Suggested majors: AEM, IARD, Information Science, Biological Engineering, Biology, Agricultural Science focusing on content development, user interface/user experience, GIS, machine learning, agriculture development, computational biology, molecular biology

Located in Hyderabad, Sathguru Management Consultants offer a diverse portfolio of services, including strategic & financial advice, sector growth assessment, capital market advice, and brand affiliation management through the lens of development and innovative life sciences & technology.

Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI)

Suggested majors: IARD, Agricultural Science, Global Health, Development Sociology focusing on economics, agriculture, international relations, development studies, health, nutrition, human ecology, gender studies

Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI), headquartered in Delhi, is a long-term research initiative focusing on the design and evaluation of innovative interventions linking agriculture, food systems, human nutrition, and poverty in India. Interns will be based out of TCI-TARINA’s Delhi office or with one of the TCI partners (PRADAN, ICRISAT, GDS or BIAF) located in the states of Orissa, Bihar, Telangana or Uttar Pradesh or assisting graduate students with their fieldwork. Interns based in the field with our partners or in the Delhi office will have predetermined deliverables and resources and support to carry them out.


Singapore, is a city-state and a gateway to South East Asia, with Indonesia to its East and Malaysia directly north. Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the common language of the nation and is the language of business, and education. Singapore is the world's fourth-leading financial center, a global commerce, finance and transport hub, and its port is one of the five busiest in the world.


National University of Singapore

Suggested majors: Biology, Biometry & Statistics, Entomology focusing on microbiology, immunology, statistics and applied probability, biological sciences, biochemistry

Participants will work on cutting-edge research under the supervision of a faculty member in state- of-the-art laboratories. Prospective applicants identify (and may contact) NUS Faculty of Science professors they would like to work alongside. Note: an affirmative response from an NUS faculty member does not guarantee acceptance into the NUS Program and Global Fellows Program.

Thailand’s official name is the Kingdom of Thailand (meaning land of the free-it’s the only Asian country that has not been colonized). It consists of mountains, plains, and miles of beautiful coastline. It is home to the Bumble Bat and the Whale Shark. It’s official language Thai. Thailand is well known for its beaches such as Railay Beach, Monkey Beach, Long Beach and Maya Bay (location for the movie The Beach). Visitors can also take excursions to see the famous Thai Elephants and go to the floating markets.


Asia Internship Program 

Suggested majors: AEM, Communications, Biology and Society, Information Science, Food Science, E&S and more focused on business development, consulting, entrepreneurship, environment, design, import/export, IT, law, PR & marketing, and more 

AIP provides customized international internship placements in Thailand and other Asian countries. AIP works and is partnered with rapidly growing start-ups, small-and middle-sized companies, dynamic NGOs and global companies. Placements will be assigned based on the selected student's skills & interests in conjunction with the available opportunities.



Hungary has a long and rich history. King Stephen I declared Hungary a state in the year 1000 A.D and is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, is a popular tourist destination with sites such as the Buda Castle, the banks of the Danube, the spas and Heroes Square. Budapest is also home to many museums about art, history, culture, and archaeology. Hungary is also home to Lake Balaton which offers activities such as swimming, boating, wine tasting and an active night life.


Szent István University (SZIU) Research Groups

Suggested majors vary by placements and include: E&S, Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Plant Science, and Biology with available placements in zoology, soil usage, dryfarming, molecular genetics, and cryopreservation.

SZIU is one of Hungary’s most prominent institutions of higher education and consists of eight different faculties for study and research hosting approximately 15,000 students with campuses in Gödöllő and Budapest, the latter commonly cited as one of the most beautiful cities of Europe.

In 2017, World Travel selected Portugal as both Europe's Leading Destination and the World's Leading Destination. While in Portugal, Global Fellows will live in the world heritage city of Porto. Porto is home to many historical churches, museums, and the other tourist destinations. Interested in a weekend get-away, visit the famous beaches and beach caves.


University of Porto Research Groups: Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetics Resources (CIBIO)

Suggested Majors: Viticulture & Enology, Biology, & Ecology

CIBIO is a center fully dedicated to research in Biodiversity, Ecology and

Evolution in all kind of organisms, where international researchers are organized in several research groups. Students will be invited to attend weekly seminars, participate in different meetings, interact with several researchers and graduate students (Master and PhD programs in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution), do laboratory work in Genetics and Ecology, and participate in field work expeditions.

After a period of adaptation, students will be invited to develop a study on the scope ongoing projects at Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Management Research Group. Studies may involve the assessment of diet in small mammals (including threatened species like the Iberian Desman and pest species such as the common vole), the Iberian Wolf or the wild-boar, or using genetic noninvasive sampling to assess population demography and genetic structure of different species. The studies will involve the use of innovative genetic methodologies, including Next Generation Sequencing and metabarcoding.

University of Porto Research Groups: GreenUPorto – Sustainable Agrifood Production Research Centre

The headquarters of GreenUPorto and CIBIO are at Campus of Vairão, located 25 km north of Porto, near Vila do Conde, a historic town near the Atlantic Ocean. GreenUPorto mission is to contribute to the scientific and technological development and to the knowledge transfer in the field of agronomy, food and environmental sciences, promoting an innovative and a sustained growth of this sector. Students will be invited to attend weekly seminars, participate in different meetings, interact with several researchers and graduate students (Master and PhD programs in Agronomic Sciences, Viticulture and Oenology and Wine and Tourism, and also Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution), do lab work, and participate in field work expeditions.

After a period of adaptation, students will be invited to develop a study within the scope of ongoing projects in Viticulture, Oenology or Wine Tourism.

South America

Ecuador, named after the Equator is located in South America. Quito is the capital city and considered the highest capital city in the world at 2,850 meters above sea level. The Galapagos Islands, the location Charles Darwin based is Theory of Evolution on, is located in Ecuador. Quito and The Galapagos are the two first World Heritage Sites in the world. Although Spanish is the official language, there are13 recognized Indigenous languages also spoken. Ecuador offers an opportunity to learn about local culture while researching in diverse environments.


Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Internship Program

Suggested majors: E&S, Biology, Plant Science, Animal Science

USFQ is a liberal arts university in Quito, Ecuador. The USFQ purpose is to achieve academic excellence through integrating the humanities and liberal arts. Research placement vary from year to year. The descriptions below are good examples of past and continuing placements.

Tropical Andes Research- Locations in Quito, Ecuador (plus several field locations in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador). Students involved in this study will be working at elevations between 4500 and 4800 m, must be willing to sustain mountainous environments and be willing to work in cold and changing weather conditions. 

In this project, the student will help us to design and implement a field project aimed at characterizing microclimatic and site-specific conditions of new patches of vegetation in colonization forefronts in areas cleared by recent retreat of tropical glaciers.

Landbird Monitoring Program - The purpose of the Landbird monitoring program is to understand bird population trends due to impacts of habitat change. This is one the flagship programs of Laboratory of Terrestrial Zoology at University San Francisco de Quito, and it is developed with the Galapagos Science Center. 

The location of this internship would be at two locations: (1) urban and suburban green areas in Quito; and, (2) urban, periurban, agricultural, and natural areas at San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands. Intern duties include, but are not limited to bird surveying, bird misnetting, vegetation surveying, sample curation and data entry.


Botswana is located just North of the country of South Africa between Zimbabwe and Namibia. It’s most popular tourist attraction is the Safari’s. It is home to the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, and the Chobe National Park.


Go Fresh!

Suggested Majors: AEM, IARD, Agricultural Science, Ag-Economics

Go Fresh! is an award-winning Botswana-based agricultural operation that utilizes the latest greenhouse and hydroponic technology to locally grow Grade-1 vegetables consistently, year-round. Go Fresh! seeks to unleash the power of youth leaders and technology to be the largest producer of organic and sustainably grown produce in distributed farms, creating food security for Botswana, creating employment in our communities, enabling our tourism industry and delivering the healthiest, freshest, best tasting produce possible. This is an excellent opportunity for a Fellow to get access to all functions of a small business (eg., from operations to HR) and to work alongside young college-graduate leaders.

Interns will support operations growth of the business including analysis of sales trends, domestic market opportunities, product offerings and new value-added products, agriculture practices, delivery and packaging, business-planning and other special projects based on student interest and skills and as assigned by supervisor Michelle Adelman, founder of Go Fresh!, Cornell alumna and member of the CALS advisory board.