Cornell University

Credit Internship Program

119 Ives Hall, 607-255-2266

About the Program

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.

Students enrolled in the ILR Credit Internship Program will earn ILR general elective credits for the semester.  If your student is interning in New York City, Washington, DC or Geneva, Switzerland, they will earn 16 credits.  Students interning anywhere else in the country or the world will earn 12 credits.  Interns receive the additional credits in NYC, Washington, DC and Geneva for a class they are required to take in that city.  If your student needs more than 12 credits, accommodations can be made for the completion of an independent study with a faculty member here at the ILR School.

The ILR School strives to provide the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for students to successfully prepare and participate in the ILR Credit Internship Program.  We require several pre-departure orientations, including an optional research meeting with ILR librarians, so your student will be able to access all research materials currently available at the Catherwood Library.  We also provide referrals to relevant university offices including the Office of Financial Aid, the Bursar's Office, Disability Support Services, the Office of Student Services, International Students & Scholars, and the Office of Career Services, among many others.

Once your son or daughter is in their host city, s/he may experience some typical adjustment problems or culture shock.  All students, regardless of their previous travel experience, maturity level, or preparedness may suffer some degree of culture shock.  The early days or weeks of their semester abroad, your student may experience periods of frustration, anxiety, and even depression.  This is a very common reaction that you should anticipate.  Keep in mind, that your student is more likely to call or e-mail during these low moments than when things are going well.  This may result in the family having a more negative impression of the situation than actually exists.

We encourage you to communicate with your student and provide support when needed, but also anticipate these moments and understand them as the normal acclimation process.  For more information on "Pointers for Parents"  we recommend a great article by CIEE, a leading US non-governmental international education organization.

We invite you to review this website in detail so you will have a complete understanding of the program.  If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please do not hesitate to contact Brigid Beachler, Managing Director of the ILR Credit Internship Program by phone at (607) 255-2266 or e-mail at  We look forward to working with you and your student over the next several months!