Cornell University

Credit Internship Program

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About the ILR School

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations, on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, has long been recognized as a leader in its field. The first institution in the country to offer a comprehensive undergraduate program of professional training in industrial and labor relations, the ILR School remains the only college with a four-year program leading exclusively to the bachelor of science degree in the field.

Combining Theory & Practice

The founding faculty, recognizing the importance of combining theoretical and practical elements in the curriculum, instituted a requirement that all undergraduates work during all three summers between their college years in a labor union, a corporation, and a government agency. That requirement, although sound in principle, was dropped in the face of increasing student enrollment, higher expenses associated with college attendance, and a tightening job market. As a partial substitute, the faculty instituted a program to grant academic credit for internships undertaken during the academic year that provide students with opportunities to work at a professional level of responsibility in one of the careers encompassed by the field of industrial and labor relations.

Internships for Academic Credit

Internships for academic credit are available to qualified ILR juniors and seniors. Students receive twelve credits for successfully completing the internship and a project or written report based on the experience. Eight of those twelve credits, reflecting the experience component, are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory; the other four are graded by the faculty supervisor on a scale of A to F.