Summer Funding

ILR has alumni-funded awards to provide assistance to undergraduates (first-years, sophomores, and juniors) and graduates (first-year MILRs) who have secured unpaid or minimally paid summer internships. The Student Assembly funds the Summer Experience Grant (open to undergraduates). All applications, for both ILR undergrads and grads, are submitted through the Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant (SASEG) portal. You need only apply once, and we will consider you for the SASEG and for any applicable ILR funds. Please note: The SASEG application portal is managed through the College of Arts and Sciences, but all ILR applications are forwarded to our office for review.

MILRs: While you are not eligible for the SASEG, you will still apply through their portal to be considered for the ILR awards.

In order to be eligible for any of the funding sources, you must have secured an internship offer. Funding will not be awarded for internships one hopes to get.

Funding Sources (as of 4/4/19):

Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant: Open to ILR first-years, sophomores, and juniors. All unpaid and minimally paid internships are eligible regardless of career field. See link below for details.

Price Student Experience Fund: Open to ILR first-years, sophomores, and juniors interested in pursuing opportunities outside of the traditional human resources and labor relations fields. The fund was established by David M. Price BSILR ’87.

Scheinman Summer Fellowship: Designed to support undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing an unpaid summer internship related to conflict resolution or labor relations. The Scheinman Institute will fund up to two summer fellowships. 

Chaim and Ida Miller Award: Open to ILR first-years, sophomores, juniors, and first-year MILRs who are interested in working with a labor organization. It was created by Marcia Miller and her brother, Gerry, in honor of their parents. The award will be given to students who have secured an internship with a labor organization involved with organizing or labor education and would not be able to accept the internship without this aid. Internships with government agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are NOT eligible.

Melvin H. Osterman Internship Award: Available to ILR first-years, sophomores, juniors, and first-year MILRs interested in public sector labor relations. Established by Mr. Osterman’s widow, Norma Meacham, and his colleague, Rosemary Townley. The award is for a student who:

  1. will research issues of labor relations, labor law, and collective bargaining under PERB staff;
  2. will observe mediation sessions and hearings regarding labor arbitrations and employment practices;

  3. has completed courses in labor and employment law or collective bargaining (preferably both); and

  4. is selected for a summer internship with a PERB and/or GOER.

  5. Internships with government agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are NOT eligible.

By applying for the Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant, your application will be considered for all ILR funding sources for which it is eligible. Please see below for directions on how to apply.

  • The priority application deadline is April 17 at 11:59 p.m. Applications received after this deadline will be flagged as late and only considered if funding remains after decisions for priority (on time) applications are complete.
  • For more information, including SASEG eligibility requirements and the application, please click here.   
  • Notifications will be sent to applicants be end of day May 8. Funds will be disbursed by mid-June.

Additional resources for funding are listed below. We will continue to share information on other funding as we learn of it.

  • Foundation Center: Go to Cornell Library databases, search foundation. There is a search tool where you can enter specific key words to filter thousands of grants, including government grants.


    • Online database of many different types of grants for school, internships, graduate programs, and abroad programs.
    • The system is a bit clunky as it filters very specifically on the information that is input, but if you are willing to dig through all of the grants posted on the site, there are some that are really generous for undergrads.
    • Most of these grants require U.S. citizenship.

If you have questions, please email, call 607-255-7816, or stop by our office in 201 Ives.