Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences

This Opportunity is Currently in Draft


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. 

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: Business and Entrepreneurship, Communications and Marketing, Applied Economics and Management, Environment and Sustainability, Development Sociology and Pre-Law, Agriculture and Food Science, Statistics and Date Science, Global Development, Education, Global and Public Health, Viticulture and Enology, Community Development

Information Session:

Puentes is holding 1 information session on Thursday, January 26 at 12pm EST.  Interested CALS students can sign up here to get the Zoom info and/or receive a recording:

Placement Opportunities

Placements: 2-4 (in-person) and 2 (virtual-Argentina and Uruguay)

CALS, in partnership with Puentes, will support select in-person and remote Fellows in the Spring semester to finalize their placement in impactful, project-based internships in Buenos Aires and Bariloche, Argentina, in an organization or company based on their skills and interests. Placement opportunities focus on communications, public relations and media, development and sustainability, education and teaching, entrepreneurship and startups, health and medicine, finance and consulting, government and public policy, law and human and civil rights, and marketing and advertising. The placement process is very personalized and includes an interview with the on-site partner Puentes and with the internship company/organization's supervisor. It is key 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.

In addition to the internship itself, the Puentes internship program offers a very comprehensive professional and cultural immersion experience. CALS interns will benefit from being part of a cohort of students from Cornell, as well as a larger cohort of Puentes participants from other universities. Through the “Puentes Presenta” seminar series, interns will hear from expert guest speakers on Argentine and Uruguayan history and culture, as well as global work trends.  Puentes interns will benefit from one-on-one career coaching and personalized internship oversight and support.  In-person interns will live in homestays or shared apartments and also do local cultural activities and a day trip to be further immersed in Argentine culture.  Remote interns will participate in cohort calls to share internship learnings with fellow remote interns and do career development workshops.  The Puentes program is a great option for students who are seeking true professional development, cultural immersion, and engaging programming and support.

You can find more details on the CALS Global Fellows program in Argentina here.  

Desired Qualifications: Students who are eager to learn outside of the classroom who enjoy creative problem solving and tackling new experiences with an open mind and an optimistic enthusiasm. While Spanish knowledge is not a requirement to apply, the more Spanish proficiency and fluency you have, the more internship options there are available to you and the more you will be able to engage with your co-workers and the local culture. 

About Argentina

Buenos Aires: Called the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the region and has cultural offerings for everyone, ranging from myriad restaurants and historical sites to dance houses and expansive city parks. Life in Argentina can be a stimulating international experience, while simultaneously seeming familiarly modern. Ranked by The Economist’s Global Liveability Index as the most livable city in Latin America, Buenos Aires brings together the comforts of a European or Western style city with the thrilling flavor of Latin America. It offers affordable costs, easy to use public transportation, pleasant weather year-round, and a safe atmosphere, for Spanish and non-Spanish speakers alike. Thanks to the wealth of international and national businesses and nonprofit organizations based in Buenos Aires, the city offers plenty of engaging professional opportunities. As the biggest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina's vast territory offers a variety of easy to reach, breathtaking destinations throughout the country, from the waterfalls in Iguazú to the glaciers in Patagonia. It is also a fantastic jumping off point to explore South America's wonders.

Bariloche: Perhaps the most well-known tourist destination in Patagonia, Bariloche is located on the southern shores of the Lake Nahuel Haupi in the western extreme of the Rio Negro province. Surrounded by majestic mountains and lakes, it is the preferred vacation spot for many Argentines. Bariloche is an ideal location for those interested in tourism and sustainability, as well as many other interesting internship sectors. The charming city center was designed to have the appearance of a traditional European central alpine town. All year round, Bariloche offers a picturesque and diverse setting for travels and adventures. Bariloche offers a more small-town feel than Buenos Aires, while still having many comforts of a larger city readily available. It is readily connected to many other areas of Argentina through plane and bus, making it easy to travel to and from. 

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.