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 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: 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
CALS, in partnership with Puentes, will support selected Fellows in the Spring semester to finalize their placement in impactful, project-based internships in Buenos Aires, 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, CALS Fellows will be invited to a Buenos Aires city tour and to seminars on Argentine history and culture and global work trends. 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. Interns will have vetted housing and 24/7 on-the-ground support by Puentes in Buenos Aires. Optional Spanish classes can be added on to your experience in order to further strengthen your language skills before and/or during the internship.
You can learn more about the Puentes experience for CALS Global Fellows here: https://www.puentesabroad.com/cornell-global-fellows
Puentes will be hosting an informational webinar for anyone interested in applying to this placement. When the date is finalized, an announcement will be sent via email, posted in Chatter, and announced on this page and this one: https://www.puentesabroad.com/cornell-global-fellows. Check back frequently for an update.
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 Buenos Aires and Argentina
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.
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.