About the Program

The ILR Credit Internship Program has been in operation for nearly forty years, and is widely recognized in the United States as the most successful of its type. The program was created by the faculty of the ILR School to afford our advanced undergraduates, juniors and seniors, opportunities to enhance their understanding of the field of industrial and labor relations by working for a semester (approximately 14 weeks), in one of the professional careers it encompasses.

Each semester we routinely place dozens of eligible students with corporations, trade unions, labor and employment law firms, appropriate legislative bodies and other public agencies at every level of government, think tanks, public policy institutes and a wide array of advocacy organizations associated in one way or another with issues of work and workplace relations. For most of its history, our program operated almost exclusively within the United States. In the last decade, however, we have sought to expand its scope, and we now routinely place students at various locations internationally.

Students are approved to take part in the program only after meeting academic and other standards imposed by faculty legislation. They are eligible to apply only after completing the first two years of our four-year undergraduate curriculum, a requirement that assures every intern has taken most, if not all, of the courses that comprise the core of our instructional program.

We are also very careful in judging the suitability of the placements we arrange for our interns. We require that every sponsoring organization be involved with activities directly related to the field of industrial and labor relations, and that the work they propose to have an intern undertake is consistent with the character of work performed by members of their professional staff. Because our program is an adjunct of our instructional mission, it is essential that students who work as interns are discharging duties that enrich their understanding and thus enhance their education.

The ILR Credit Internship Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students. As a professional program, the ILR Credit Internship provides students the chance to work in an organization focused on the field of work and workplace relations. All of our internships are of professional quality and are closely monitored by our program, ensuring students not only professional but academically enriching experiences.

Ryan Burns, BSILR '16

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Ryan Burns

Walt Disney World Intern - As a Professional Intern with the Labor Relations department at the world renowned Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, I have had an experience like none other.

Harrison Okin, BSILR '14

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Harrison Okin

Intern at the US Dept of State, Washington, DC - When I first was accepted to ILR, I took immense pride in telling people I’d be attending Cornell. I felt like I was a neat cocktail made of equal parts lucky and cocky, and that doors would finally open for me as beautiful servants hand-fed me grapes off of a golden platter.

Abby Maldonado, BSILR '14

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Abby Maldonado

Google Intern - I never actually saw the movie "The Internship," but I've been told it gives a pretty accurate representation of life as a Google intern. Though the free food, housing, and other perks are awesome, it's really the experience I gained and the relationships I formed that made my internship experience truly amazing and worthwhile.