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Don't wait to start exploring career interests; make an appointment your first year with a CALS Career Development advisor and check out the Cornell Career Services resources in Barnes Hall. Find out what qualifications are preferred for jobs that interest you, and figure out which courses and opportunities at Cornell will help you gain those qualifications. Experience Cornell is a great website to discover opportunities that will give you real-world training. Create a Cornell Handshake profile to search for internships and jobs. Use Cvisors to connect with Cornell alumni who are willing to talk with you about their career, critique resumes, and participate in mock interviews. You can also apply to the Cornell Alumni Connections Program. Plan to use these resources throughout your years at Cornell.

Development Sociology will generally host at least one career development event per year, such as a roundtable discussion with current DSOC majors who've had successful internship experiences or a DSOC alumni career panel. Be on the lookout for emails from the DSOC Listserv about internships and other opportunities. Here's what other DSOC students have been up to.

Noteworthy internship opportunities: 

  • The Cornell Farmworker Program offers paid summer internships for Cornell students  who are interested in contributing in meaningful ways to research and educational outreach with farmworkers and farm owners. The application deadline for 2018 is February 26. 
  • The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. 
  • The Atkinson Center Summer Internship Program offers paid internships with environmental advocacy groups, such as the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Oceana. Applications open in February 2018.
  • Cornell in Washington gives students the opportunity to learn about the workings of government and the processes by which public policy is developed. There is both a semester-long and summer version of the program. Students work as an intern while taking classes and exploring Washington D.C.
  • Blumenthal Internship summer opportunities are available with non-profit agencies, many of which work on social justice issues. These are paid internships.
  • The ILR School hosts a Social Justice Career Fair each spring that brings to campus representatives from many advocacy organizations, including labor unions, nonprofits, worker centers, and NGOs. The 2018 fair will be held on Thursday, March 15 in the ILR Conference Center from 1:00-4:00 pm.


  • High-quality summer internships can be posted as early as October and may have deadlines as early as November-- start your search early, and check for new opportunities in spring.
  • In addition to browsing Cornell Handshake, peruse the Summer Experience Survey to learn from other students' previous internship experiences.
  • Students eligible for Federal Work Study can participate in the DYO Summer Internship Program, which reimburses your employer for a significant portion of your summer wages.
  • Talk with your faculty advisor or faculty whose research is of interest to you; they may know of opportunities you might not otherwise find out about.