Cornell Farmworker Internship Program

The Cornell Farmworker Program (CFP) offers paid summer internships for Cornell students who want to support our mission of addressing the needs of farmworkers in New York State. Interns are integrated into the ongoing work of CFP. They receive extensive training, and can expect to contribute in meaningful ways to research and educational outreach with farmworkers and farm owners.

Over the course of the summer internship and the fall one-credit course, students will examine issues such as farmworker contributions to society; labor concerns; farmworker knowledge regarding pesticides/on-farm chemicals; access to health, education and other services; and challenges faced by unauthorized immigrant workers.

Internship details

Interns work as a team to support ongoing CFP projects. Summer activities take place both on campus in Warren Hall, and on farms and other sites throughout New York State. CFP interns also participate in a one-credit fall course titled "Farmworkers: Contemporary Issues and Their Implications," where they reflect on their experiences and finalize materials and projects developed during the internship.

Summer projects vary by year, but may include:

  • Conducting farmworker needs assessments
  • Providing on-farm workshops on topics like English as a Second Language, Chemical Safety on Farms, or Emergency Planning
  • Surveying farmworker services and usage levels
  • Examining farmworker perspectives on labor issues
  • Canvassing immigration concerns and developing educational materials

Day-to-day work of interns will likely include:

  • Participating in trainings with the CFP Director for cultural competency, research methods, and more
  • Visiting farms and farmworker events (usually in small groups of 2-3 interns)
  • Transcribing and translating interviews and focus group notes or recordings
  • Analyzing interview and focus group data
  • Developing materials for research and outreach publications and presentations

Application instructions (PDF)

  1.  Set up a meeting with Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworker Program (farmworkers@cornell.edu), to discuss the internship opportunities and your areas of interest. Please include possible meeting dates and times upon initial request.
  2. Following first meeting, submit your resume (including name, local and home address, telephone number, and email address) with a cover letter outlining:
    1. Area of interest (both topic and geographic interest)
    2. Skills and strengths you will bring to the internship program
    3. Proposed learning goals
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation using the CFP recommendation form.
  4. Submit a hard copy of your official transcript.

All application materials are due by March 3, 2017.