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 Federal Work Study funds to an internship they create. Employers must be non-profits outside of Tompkins County, or small for-profit companies within the United States. 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 4/28/20

The program has been approved for Summer 2020 Federal Work Study Funds. Please note that internships may take place in person, virtually, or not at all. While Cornell can provide funding, ultimate responsibility for whether and how the internship takes place lies with the employer.

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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