Cornell University

Credit Internship Program

119 Ives Hall, 607-255-2266


Locating suitable, inexpensive housing is usually a main concern of prospective interns, particularly those intending to work in a large city. Because the internship program is designed to simulate "real life", finding suitable housing for the term of the internship (as well as meeting all the other requirements of daily life), is the responsibility of each intern. Interns may, however, avail themselves of useful advice in this regard by consulting with the internship program's assistant director and by finding out from current and former interns how they found suitable housing in the same internship location.

In Washington, D.C., for example, interns have often arranged to live in the building that houses the Cornell-in-Washington Program. This space, when it is available, is on a first come, first served basis. To find out if the C-I-W Center is likely to have excess space available for the term of your internship, you should contact C-I-W's on-campus office in M101 McGraw Hall, (607) 255-4090, or email  They maintain a waiting list for non-C-I-W students, although it is often late in the process before they can tell you whether or not space will be available for the coming semester.

A second option in Washington, D.C. is the Boston University Washington Center.  Boston University will guarantee students space providing they pay a security deposit.  For more information on this option, please see the internship program's assistant director.

In New York City (another popular site for internships), housing may also become a special source of concern, although, once again, the internship program's assistant director may be in a position to offer useful advice, including information relating to college and university housing in the area.

Finally, for students with internships located in other parts of the region or the country, sponsors are sometimes in a position to offer assistance in finding suitable housing.

For those students pursuing international placements, housing is often your most difficult (and expensive), obstacle.  Current and former interns are often the best source of information on inexpensive, convenient and safe accommodations.  Students seeking international internships should begin their housing search early in the process.  Internet resources and online newspapers (classified ads), are a good place to start.  Please see the internship program's assistant director for more information.