Skip to main content
Cornell University mobile logo
2019 High Roaders at careers in public service podium

How do you desire to serve others, to be a change maker, to have an impact on the issues you care about, and transform that into a meaningful public service career?

Democracy Summer is designed for ILR undergraduate students interested in enhancing democracy through public service.

Democracy Summer Fellowships

Brian Higgis with Democracy Summer students

Activate your civic right to strengthen American democracy! 

Test your interest in public service careers during this historic time in government. Fellows will each have an individual project with a specific official, participate in workshops on government, be provided opportunities for community learning and service. Open to Cornell ILR undergraduates.

About the Program

Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across sectors.

Democracy Summer provides insight on the issues and access to leaders who are addressing major challenges through government. It provides a strong grounding in critical thinking, group dynamics, and problem solving.

Field Placements

Eight week individual projects. Participating government officials and projects will be announced at the end of February.

The application for summer 2022 is available until February 18, 2022 and can be found on the High Road Fellowship Application page. Please indicate your interest in the Democracy Summer when completing the application.

Questions? Contact the Coordinator, Kricky Ksiazek,