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Make a place

Cornell ILR’s extension history begins with Buffalo. Since 1946, ILR has played a vital role in the region, working in partnership with businesses, unions, government, education and community organizations to build an economy that works for all. High Road Fellowships were launched in 2009 as a new way to connect students with practitioners who were driving change in the local economy. Undergoing dynamic reinvention, Buffalo is home to a rich array of such creative community leaders and organizations tackling rust belt challenges.

Make it work

Through the High Road, fellows are in Buffalo for eight weeks in June and July. They earn a living wage for 300 hours over the course of the summer. Each has a unique individual project through their host organization. Fellows work with their host organizations Monday through Thursday and then participate in group programming on Fridays with workshops, panel discussion, and tours around the city. Be sure to explore the 2021 Prospective Project Placements (PDF, 1 MB) before applying. 

Make it happen

The 2021 program will run June 7th – July 30th.

Deliberations on an in-person versus virtual program format are ongoing. If in-person, group housing is facilitated.

A required one-credit pre-course, ILR 3052 Community Controlled Economic Development: The Case of Buffalo NY, will be held in the spring semester.

An application, resume, and transcript are required. 


Application Dates

Applications for Summer 2021 are open from now until February 18, 2021.


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