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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. 

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. Prospective Project Placements will be added November 2022. Explore the 2021 Prospective Project Placements before applying.

Make it happen

The 2022 program will run June 6th – July 29th, in-person!  Group housing is facilitated and public transit passes are provided by host organizations. 

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. 

Applications for Summer 2022 will open November 16, 2021.


Email High Road Program Coordinator Kricky Ksiazek,