Internships and Experience


  1. You can start developing career-related relationships with alumni as soon as you become a Human Ecology student. Register for CAMPS, a Human Ecology program that provides opportunities for students, recent grads and alumni to connect in positive, collaborative mentoring connections. Through informational interviews or longer-term mentoring, alumni can enhance the quality of undergraduate career exploration and support recent graduates in their new careers by exchanging ideas and sharing experiences and knowledge. 
  2. Summer is an important time for Human Ecology students to gain valuable and sustained career experience and exposure. Most opportunities are found through early preparation and networking. Internship workshops are offered throughout the year in the College of Human Ecology Career and through Cornell Career Services. Check the college calendar (link to our upcoming calendar of events) and Cornell Career Services calendar for details.
  3. Semester breaks offer a shorter period of time for students to gain experience, often through volunteer or shadowing experiences. Cornell offers two formalized shadowing programs during the school year. The Extern Program is available to upper-class students and takes place during winter break. The Fresh Program is available to freshmen and takes place during Spring Break.
  4. Off-Campus Study Programs occur during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students gain internship experience and also earn academic credits. If you plan to participate in one of these programs, it is important to speak with your academic advisors in order to plan your schedules accordingly.


For specific internship information by department, check out the Human Ecology internship guides. They contain job listings, industry websites, and other resources, including a list of selected career outcomes per major. Copies of these guides are also available in the Career Exploration Center, 162 MVR.