Cornell University

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Why CIPA?

Past and present CIPA Fellows regularly cite the following reasons for choosing CIPA over all the others.

Career Success

Our numbers speak for themselves. Our services, opportunities, and placement for our graduates result in fellows who are hired for rewarding positions in the fields for which they prepared. From that first job, they go on to advance in their careers, making real contributions to a better world.

Unparalleled Flexibility

At CIPA, you can create a unique academic plan to give you the background and experiences you need to meet your professional goals; our flexible curriculum assures a depth and breadth of coursework rarely afforded at other institutions. Whether you have an exact career destination in mind, or are still pondering your options, having abundant choices allows you to choose courses and hands-on experiences that are the right fit for you.

Access to All of Cornell

Our Fellows take advantage of the depth of experience that Cornell offers with renowned faculty, leading-edge research, and exceptional facilities. In addition to CIPA courses offered within the College of Human Ecology, our Fellows regularly take courses at Cornell's many distinguished schools and colleges. Just steps from our home in Caldwell Hall are the Johnson Graduate School of Management, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, Cornell Law School and more.

Highly Diverse Community

Fellows value the diversity they find at CIPA. Our students and faculty come from around the globe and represent widely varied fields of interests and endeavors. This eclectic mix of cultures, experiences and perspectives translates into a rich environment for collaborative learning. Every class and every conversation opens up new possibilities for approaching issues, finding common ground, and creating thoughtful solutions.

Vast, Lifetime Network

With 245,000 living graduates, Cornell has one of the largest alumni networks in the world. Cornellians are known for their intense loyalty to the university and to one another. So while you are here and after you leave, you will find people eager to open doors for you and help you on your way.

Culture of Collaboration and Openness

The word "friendship" and "genuine" come up again and again here. We have a rich culture characterized by genuine respect, openness, and collaboration. Students and faculty alike routinely help one another, and the bonds they form are lasting.

Strong Support

Both the culture and the structure of CIPA provide all-around support for our Fellows in every dimension; personal, professional, financial, and more. We provide tuition assistance for more than 80% of our Fellows, and find other resources—including important alumni support—to help defray the costs of projects and travel. Our Office of Career Development has an extensive network of connections to help Fellows find internships, jobs, and projects. Our faculty and staff welcome Fellows into their offices and eagerly support their growth and development.