Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2022
  • Summer 2023

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences

This Opportunity is Currently in Draft


Opportunity Description

Note: The CALS Global Fellows Program is planning for in-person opportunities; however, please note that this could change at any moment due situations arising from Covid-19.

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).

The University of Sydney is a Cornell Global Hub partner university. Global Hubs are Cornell's collaborative centers of engagement around the world. Hubs will give students exciting opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad, field experience, participation in faculty-led research, curricular pathways through majors, internships, and more.  

Suggested majors and/or professional interests: Open to CALS with a particular focus on marketing, business analytics, media and communications, and environmental advocacy

University of Sydney Information Session:

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Placements Opportunities

Placements: 4-6 (in-person) and 2 (virtual)

CALS in partnership with the University of Sydney, will support selected Fellows in the Spring semester to finalize their placement in an organization or company based on their skills and interests. 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.

In addition to the research or internship placement, students are required to participate in a 3-credit hour course taught through the University of Sydney. Students will have the option to take ARTS2600-Internship 1 or EDUH4052-Learning in Outdoor Education. Students can return credits earned to Cornell. 

Past participants have been placed in companies such as the Sustainable Future Group, Way to Blue, U.S Studies Centre, Greenpeace, Livelo, Level Beverages, and Property Council of Australia.

About Australia

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia is both a country and a continent. It's official capital is Canberra but Sydney and Melbourne are larger and the main economic centers. Because Australia is far from other continents, it is home to many plant and animal species found only in Australia. Due to its size, Australia has many different landscapes and climates. Australia is also known as the home to the Great Barrier Reef and is one of the most popular tourist attractions. In Sydney, visitors can see a show at the Sydney Opera house or go to Bondi Beach. Other tourist attractions include the Blue Mountains, Tasmanian Wilderness, and Kakadu National Park just to name a few. 

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.