The Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and its programs offer multiple ways for Cornell students to enhance their educational experience through hands-on internships that positively contribute to New York State (NYS) communities.
The Cornell Farmworker Program is dedicated to improving the living and working conditions of farmworkers and their families through research, education and extension. Summer interns support that mission by conducting research conducting research to assess farmworker needs; providing on-farm workshops on English as a Second Language, Chemical Safety, and Emergency Planning; surveying farmworker services and their usage; examining farmworker perspectives on labor issues; and canvassing immigration concerns and developing relevant extension materials. Farmworker interns are graduate and undergraduate Cornell students who are bi-lingual in Spanish and English.
The Rust to Green (R2G) Initiative is a network of Cornell educators, researchers and students working in collaboration with community partners to identify and design innovative strategies to address the unique problems and needs of New York's Rust Belt cities. R2G Civic Research Fellows are both grad and undergrad student researchers working during the semester, summer, or on thesis alongside faculty researchers and community partners, on short and long term projects unfolding in R2G NY's targeted cities such as Utica, NY. R2G Civic Fellows have worked on park and streetscape design and restoration, communications, green infrastructure, ecological educational curricula, microfinance, food systems, urban wildlife and habitat, refugee issues, sustainable school gardens and sites and neighborhood and community development.