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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

The CALS Global Fellows program offers virtual opportunities with some of our partners. Please reference the placement listings for the number of available placements and the modality of participation. Please note, the CALS Global Fellows program may not fill all available spots for each opportunity. The CALS Global Fellows program has a limited number of total placements we can fill for each summer term.

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. Selected Fellows may receive a stipend to offset major expenses.

Funding for the CALS Global Fellows Program is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Applicants should expect to cover the full cost of their program, however, are encouraged to apply for available Global Fellows grant funding. Grants awards will range from partially funded to full funding of your program. There are many factors that will determine how much is awarded. A separate application for grants funding will be required.  

For details on the estimated cost of this program and more information on possible funding opportunities, visit the cost tab.

Students who are rewarded a CALS Global Fellows Grant will be required to complete 3 parts to the program: a pre-engagement portfolio (completed in Canvas), a continuous 7–8-week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a 1-credit post-engagement course in the first 7-weeks of the Fall 2023 semester (ALS/GDEV 3105).

Suggested majors and/or professional interests: Applied Economics and Management, Biology and Society, Communications, Environment and Sustainability, Information Science, entrepreneurship, interest in small start-ups

Placements Opportunities

Placements: 2-4 (in-person)

CALS in partnership with Asia Internship Program (AIP), will support selected Fellows in the Spring semester to finalize their placement in an organization or company based on their skills and interests. Placement opportunities focus on business development, consulting, entrepreneurship, environmental policy, design, import/export, IT, law, PR & marketing, and more. The placement process includes an interview with our partner and with the company/organization's supervisor. It is key then, that students are flexible around placement finalization, clearly articulate their personal and professional objectives throughout the application process, and if selected as a Fellow, contribute meaningfully to the matching phase.

Past participants have been placed in organizations such as Jasberry Organics, BitKub Cryptocurrency, The Beaumont Foundation, Mitr Phol, Gobi Partners, and Unilode Aviation. 

About Thailand

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 is 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.

We encourage you to apply to your first-choice program only. There is a space within the application to indicate if you have a second choice. If you are interested in two opportunities that are very different from one another and would prefer to write two statements of purpose, you may upload both to the same application in ONE document. Make sure they are clearly titled with the correct placement opportunity IF you are writing two statements. For reference, click here to review examples of statements from past participants.   

You may preview the application without starting an application by clicking on the “preview application” button next to the apply button. All applications contain the same questions and all information related to the program can be found within the experience page. There is no additional information within the application.