ILR undergraduate students (first-years, sophomores, and juniors) who have secured unpaid or minimally paid summer internships are eligible to apply for funding.
Complete one application here and you will be considered for all funds that apply to you (refer to the list below to determine which funds are still available). Please note the application portal is managed through the College of Arts and Sciences, but all ILR applications are forwarded to our office for review. While the SASEG will not consider your expected student contribution in your financial aid package, we encourage you to include this information in your application since it will be considered for the ILR alumni-funded awards.
You must have a secured internship offer in order to be eligible for any of the funding sources.
- 2020 applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for the funds noted as OPEN only
- Learn about eligibility criteria and application details
- SASEG notifications have been sent and ILR alumni-funded award notifications are being sent on a rolling basis
- Funds are usually disbursed by mid-June
ILR Alumni-Funded Awards
(OPEN) Chaim and Ida Miller Award (ILR first-years, sophomores, juniors, and first-year MILRs)
This fund is open to eligible students who have secured an internship with a labor organization, are involved with organizing or labor education, and would not be able to accept the internship without this aid. This fund was established by Marcia Miller and her brother, Gerry, in honor of their parents. Internships with government agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are NOT eligible.
(OPEN) Clem Miller Scholarship (ILR sophomores and juniors; preference for juniors)
This fund is open to eligible students who are working in the House of Representatives.
(OPEN) Melvin H. Osterman Internship Award (ILR first-years, sophomores, juniors, and first-year MILRs)
This fund is open to eligible students interested in public sector labor relations. The award is for a student who:
- is selected for a summer internship with a Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and/or a Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER).
- will research issues of labor relations, labor law, and collective bargaining under PERB and/or GOER staff.
- will observe mediation sessions and hearings regarding labor arbitrations and employment practices.
- has completed courses in labor and employment law or collective bargaining (preferably both).
This fund was established by Mr. Osterman’s widow, Norma Meacham, and his colleague, Rosemary Townley. Internships with government agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are NOT eligible.
(APPLICATION CLOSED FOR 2020) Lawrence Bancroft Summer Fund (ILR first-years, sophomores, and juniors)
This fund is open to eligible students regardless of career field and is intended to be applied to cost-of-living expenses. Summer opportunities could include international experiences or internships.
(APPLICATION CLOSED FOR 2020) Vicki Saporta Social Justice Internship Fund (Cornell-wide first-years, sophomores, and juniors; preference for ILR students)
This fund is open to eligible students working in nonprofit organizations, domestic or international, that pursue progressive agendas, including, but not limited to, women's rights, women's reproductive health and rights, human rights, workers' rights, organized labor, immigrants' rights, environmental conservation, gun control, animal welfare, and labor unions. The intern role itself should involve active engagement in the organization's focus. The fund was established by Vicki Saporta BSILR '74.
(APPLICATION CLOSED FOR 2020) The Price Family ILR Student Experience Fund (ILR first-years, sophomores, and juniors)
This fund is open to eligible students interested in pursuing opportunities outside of the traditional human resources and labor relations fields. The fund was established by David M. Price BSILR ’87.
(APPLICATION CLOSED FOR 2020) Scheinman Summer Fellowship (ILR first-years, sophomores, juniors, and first-year MILRs)
This fellowship is open to eligible students interested in pursuing an unpaid summer internship related to conflict resolution or labor relations.
Additional Resources for Funding
We will continue to share information on other funding as we learn of them.
- ILR International Travel Grant: provides partial funding for international activity
- Cornell University Library : search for applicable grants and funding options
- Off-Campus Opportunity Fund: includes Global Learning Travel Grant (for domestic and international travel experiences and opportunities), OADI Student Funding (not available for summer 2020), and Engaged Cornell
- The Access Fund: a resource through the First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support office within the Dean of Students
- Develop Your Own (DYO) Summer Internship Program: for students who are Federal Work Study eligible
- Cornell Tradition Fellow Support Account: for Cornell Tradition Fellows
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