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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 with local leaders 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 $4800 for 300 hours over the course of the summer. Fellows work with their host organizations on an individual project Monday through Thursday and then participate in group programming on Fridays with workshops, panel discussion, and tours around the city. Explore the 2022 Prospective Project Placements before applying.

Make it happen

The 2023 program will run June 5th – July 28th, in-person!  Group housing in a vibrant neighborhood in Buffalo will be facilitated for every High Road Fellow with access to public transportation, bike share, and/or a secure parking lot for a personal automobile.

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

An application, resume, and transcript are required. This fellowship is run through the ILR School but is open to non-ILR students.

Applications for Summer 2023 will open November 21, 2022. 


Does Cornell pay for housing? No. Students pay for their own housing ~$500/month. 


Email High Road Program Coordinator Kricky Ksiazek,


Example Application

Year at Cornell
Please indicate whether you would be interested in a Democracy Summer placement.
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64 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx.
One file only.
64 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx.

For information purposes only

Answers to the questions below will not be used in awarding fellowships; they are used only to plan best accommodations for students selected.
Would you have access to personal transportation for the duration of the summer fellowship?
Would you need housing accommodations in Buffalo?
Are you eligible for federal work study funds?