Practicalities

The following information is intended to provide you with important information you will need to consider as you make your decision to undertake a credit internship.  Please review each section to gain a complete understanding of how the program works and  your responsibilities in making this process run as smoothly as possible.

Seeking Advice, Transcripts, and Course Descriptions

To receive transfer credit for non-Cornell courses, students must submit to the ILR Registrar both an official transcript and a copy of the official course catalogue description or course outline. Since acceptance of the transfer credit may affect your plans for completing requirements for graduation, it is important that you talk with an advisor in the Office of Student Services before you commit to an internship in order to determine whether or not the transfer credit is likely to be accepted.

ILR Credit v. General Elective Credit

Students desiring ILR credit, rather than general elective credit, will find the process somewhat more complicated since the approval of the appropriate department chairperson is required. Before taking the course, check by telephone with the appropriate department chairman or the program director. After the official transcript is received by the ILR Registrar, the student should make an appointment with the chairperson of the department involved and be ready to provide a course syllabus or reading list, course description, and samples of work completed (i.e., exam booklets or papers). The chairperson will evaluate these materials and decide whether or not to grant ILR credit. This procedure applies to all non-ILR courses.

Absentee Voting

All registered US voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot while studying abroad.

If you would like to vote in a U.S. election while you are studying abroad, you must register to have an absentee ballot sent to you at your local address oversees.  Every state has slightly different requirements on absentee voting and you should visit the Federal Absentee Voting website for complete information.

However, follow the guidelines below to ensure that your absentee ballot is counted:

  • Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website for information on the absentee registration and voting process
  • Ensure that you have applied for your absentee ballot using the hard copy or on-line versions of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
  • Make sure your local election official has your current mailing address
  • Sign and date all election materials
  • Fulfill your state's witness/notary requirements (if required)
  • Ensure that your ballot or FPCA is postmarked
  • Register to vote and request your ballot in a timely manner - no later than September
  • Vote - mail your ballot not later than October 15th of the election year
  • Use the Federal Write in Absentee Ballot if you are overseas and your State absentee ballot does not arrive in time to be mailed back by the state's deadline

Student Mail

As noted previously, the ILR Registrar will send you copies of preregistration materials and other important materials. The Office of Career Services and the program director will also be sending mail to interns. Be sure to arrange appropriate change of address notices for other mail.

Alumni Assistance

Groups of ILR alumni are active in many of the cities in which interns work, and are usually eager to make contact with bright young undergraduates for the purpose of offering advice or assistance as the need arises. If you wish to contact ILR alums in the region of your internship you may do so through Jennifer Thurston, the ILR School's Director of Alumni Affairs, at (607) 255-5827. She will be happy to provide appropriate referrals.