Cornell University

Develop Your Own (DYO) Summer Internship Program

Design Your Own Internship

The DYO Program is an opportunity for students to apply their summer work study funds to an internship outside of Tompkins County. The DYO employer pays the student through their payroll system, at least minimum wage. Cornell reimburses the employer in the fall (usually by the middle of November) for a percentage of the student's summer wages with federal work study funds.

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/27/20
We are continuing to support students and employers in creating customized internships through the DYO Program. However, given the frequently changing government regulations, we CAN NOT guarantee that funds will still be available this year.

At this time, we plan to move forward as normal until summer guidance becomes more clear. The Summer 2020 Application is now open. Please continue to check back at this page for updates.

Are you interested in earning money this summer? Do you want to gain relevant work experience? Are you work study eligible?

If so, consider the DYO Program! DYO empowers students to find relevant internship experiences and be paid for their work.

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