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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2022


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


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. 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: Biological Sciences, Viticulture & Enology, Environment & Sustainability majors with a focus on ecology, conservation and/or wine tourism and applied field work. 

Placement Opportunities

Placements: 2-3 (in-person) and 1 (virtual)

CALS partners with the University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences to offer select placements in ecology and viticulture fields.

Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetics Resources (CIBIO) (1 placements, virtual or in-person)

  • Biodiversity and Evolution – Current distribution, populations status, genetic diversity of the endangered species, the broom hare, Lepus castroviejoi: The broom hare, Lepus castroviejoi, is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula, with a very restricted range in the Cantabrian mountains in northern Spain, being considered as Vulnerable in The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The main goal of this internship is to collaborate in an ongoing project supported by private funding and by the World Lagomorph Society, which aims to assess the broom hare’s current geographical distribution, to estimate population size using genetic non-invasive sampling in some regions of the species range, and to evaluate the genetic diversity and population structure. The candidate will conduct some field work, learn laboratory procedures to store and extract DNA in non-invasive samples (pellets and museum samples), amplify microsatellites and sequence mtDNA, perform genetic analyses using specific software, and use geographic information systems (GIS) to construct distribution maps. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for a systematic literature review and write a report on the current knowledge of the Broom hare.
    • Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge and research experience in ecology and evolution during undergraduate years.

About Portugal

In 2017, WorldTravel selected Portugal as both Europe's Leading Destination and the World'sLeading Destination. While in Portugal, Global Fellows will live in the world heritage city of Porto. Porto is home to many historical churches, museums, and the other tourist destinations. Tourists often visit the famous beaches and beach caves.


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.