Terms and Dates:

  • Spring Break 2021


Melissa Burgess

Program Website:

ILR WISP Home Page


Opportunity Description

The Winter Intersession Program (WISP) is designed specifically for ILR students and provides an opportunity for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first-year MILRs to develop on-the-job experience through a short-term assignment with a project sponsor over winter break. Opportunities typically last two to three weeks and are offered within a variety of fields including corporate human resources, labor relations, labor, government, law, arbitration/third-party, nonprofits, consulting, and financial services.

Paid WISPs are posted on Cornell Handshake, and students apply for them as they would any internship or job. Sponsors select WISP interns through phone or video interviews. Specific instructions are sent to registered students

Unpaid WISPs are posted on the ILR Office of Career Services website. Students select the opportunity through a random lottery in mid-November. Specific instructions are sent to registered students. Unpaid opportunities allow students to select a project rather than go through a screening process by the sponsor. This enables a student with relatively little formal employment history to gain valuable experience and to prove his or her abilities on-the-job.

All participants are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the WISP opportunity.