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Strategic Corporate Research Summer School 2013

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Application Process

The application process, including essays, registration, and payment is done on line through our secure application website powered by Survey Gizmo.com and the Cornell Campus Store Billing Services.

Registration Fee

The registration fee covers all instruction, books and materials, bus passes, opening reception, picnic on Wednesday night, and closing luncheon on Friday. A $100 tuition deposit is required for all registrations no later than May 17, 2013.

- Non-credit fee: The non-credit fee is $900, and all individual non-credit students receive an AFL-CIO subsidy of $350 reducing the cost to $550, except for those participants whose program charge is being paid by their sponsoring union, NGO, or other employer. Those students will have their employer pay the full $900 non-credit fee.

- Credit course fee: The tuition for those enrolling in the 1.5-credit class is $1732.50, and all individual credit students receive an AFL-CIO subsidy of $782.50, reducing the cost to $950, except for those whose program charge is being paid by their sponsoring union, NGO, or other employer. Those students will have their employer pay the full $1732.50 credit tuition fee.

Scholarships

The AFL-CIO will provide a limited number of additional needs-based scholarships to further reduce the cost of tuition for students taking the course for credit. THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ONLY FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS TAKING THE COURSE FOR CREDIT AND WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER; EMPLOYER-PAID AND NON-CREDIT STUDENTS DO NOT QUALIFY nor do students who are not seriously committed to doing the 20 page research paper. To apply for a scholarship, you will need to upload an additional one-page essay outlining your reasons for requesting this scholarship. Please note that the scholarships only apply to those students interested in taking the course for credit, and will only cover a portion of the credit tuition cost. Union employees and other students who are funded by their employer are not eligible.

Admission

Acceptance to the program will be limited based on space, experience, and qualifications. Because of the combination of limited space and high demand for the course, we urge students to send in their application forms as soon as possible. The closing date for applications will be May 17, 2013, and acceptance letters will be sent out on May 21, 2013. All students interested in attending the program must complete the online application including a two- to three-page single-spaced essay explaining why they are interested in attending the program and what they plan to do upon completion of their degree. Each applicant should also have at least one letter of reference sent by the reference directly to Kate Bronfenbrenner either by email to klb23@cornell.edu or by mail to Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research, 356 ILR Research Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. The letter(s) should speak to as many of the following attributes about the applicant as possible: research and writing aptitude and experience; depth of knowledge and experience relating to strategic corporate research, labor policy, globalization, organizing, bargaining, and comprehensive campaigns; and finally long term academic and career goals. 

Application Form

Fill out the application form on line effective January 23.

Refund Policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the Special Programs office. Your refund amount will be determined by the date on which you notify the director. Barring special circumstances all $100 deposits are nonrefundable after the registration deadline is reached on May 17, 2013 and your application is under consideration.