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Minimum GPA: 2.75


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

Note: It is very likely that internship opportunities will be remote for the summer 2021 experience. Applicants should be willing to participate in a virtual internship. 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: Environment and Sustainability, Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Plant Sciences, and Biological Sciences

Placement Opportunities

Placements: 3

Szent István University (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.

  • Zoology in a Changing World (2 placements): The focus, Insights to Zoology in a Changing World, is offered in the Zoology and Animal Ecology department at Szent István University. The department’s professional interest covers a broad range within the world of animals from terrestrial worms through various arthropod groups (mainly decomposers and pollinators) to spectacular bird species. Students will be provided consultative and orientative support, guidance through laboratory and field work sessions.
    • Preferred Qualifications: Students are offered several options to participate in field and laboratory activities, including scientific and public events. Candidates with experience and interest in fieldwork are preferred. The ideal candidate has preliminary education in supraindividual biology (ecology) and/or conservation biology/environmental biology.
  • Conservation in Practice: Fish germ cell, cryopreservation and transplantation (1 placement): Students will be involved in experiments on the cryopreservation of fish sperm and gonadal tissue, transplantation of germ cells into suitable recipients, culture of germ cells. They will be trained in the microinjection of cells, cryopreservation techniques, fish handing and manipulation, induced spawning, basic histology techniques and cell culture. Students are expected to help in the maintenance and feeding of the common carp and zebrafish broodstocks and generally show interest in the work.
    • Preferred qualifications: Students must have an interest in biology, life sciences, and aquaculture. Desired qualifications: Student must be able to work both independently and in a team, able to perservere and complete tasks.


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.