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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2021


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

Note: CALS Global Fellows internship opportunities will be remote for the summer 2021 experience. This is our second year of connecting our students globally, remotely. Students can anticipate a remote opportunity that engages them with partners abroad, while adding a unique experience to their resume. GFP remains focused on its mission of global connectivity. If you are unsure if a remote internship is the right fit for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with the CALS Global Fellows advisor prior to submitting an application.

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 receive a stipend to offset major expenses.

The program includes three required parts: a pre-engagement course the second half of Spring semester (ALS 2300 1 credit, S/U), a continuous 7-8 week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a post-engagement course in Fall semester (ALS 2301 1 credit, S/U).  

Suggested majors and/or professional interests: Open to all CALS and Dyson students with a particular focus in food systems, agriculture, agribusiness, and sustainability

Gustolab International Information Session:

Were you unable to make the information session on Nov. 18th? We've recorded the audio and video files for you to review. You can access the files in the Gusto box folder. Questions? Email us at 

Placements Opportunities

Placements: 2-4

CALS in partnership with Gustolab International, 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 food systems, agriculture, agribusiness and sustainability. 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.

Desired qualifications: Some prior work or internship experience is desirable but not required. Students should also be open to non-traditional learning experiences. 

Past participants have been placed in opportunities focusing on urban agriculture and sustainable practices, food production and Mediterranean gardening, culinary arts, marketing and photojournalism focused on migrant populations in Rome, sustainable food and farming, new food business and product development (food delivery), landscape architecture, food waste, agritourism structures, and bakeries and nutrition.

About Italy

Italy is a beautiful country with the Alps in the North, the Apennine Mountains running from the North to the South of the country and beautiful coastlines. It is surrounded by sea and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily are also a part of Italy. Its capital city, Rome, is home to the infamous Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Travelers to Rome can also see other famous sites such as Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Vatican City is located within Rome, however, it is actually its own city-state and has its own post office and police guard.



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.  

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.