Cornell University

Co-Curricular Activities

As a CIPA Fellow, you have the opportunity to develop practical skills by organizing, managing, and participating in a variety of CIPA-specific activities. These are student-led initiatives. While not required, they provide you with a chance to share experiences and perspectives with your peers, and to meet practitioners and distinguished faculty members from the field of public affairs

  • The Cornell Policy Review: The Cornell Policy Review is CIPA's academic public policy journal--a student-driven publication. Fellows serve as both editors and contributors, drawing upon their own research and professional experience. The editorial board also solicits book reviews, interviews, and scholarly contributions from members of the Cornell community and alumni. Working on The Cornell Policy Review offers Fellows a valuable foundation in research and writing, as well as first-hand experience with the rigors of scholarship at the professional level.


  • Colloquium Committee: Fellows on this committee work to establish the roster of colloquium speakers each semester. In addition to choosing and inviting renowned policy experts to present, committee members manage the logistics of speaker visits.

Applying for Leadership Roles

At the end of each fall semester, CIPA accepts applications for leadership positions for each of the above organizations:

  • Chairperson of the CIPA Colloquium Committee
  • Editor-in-Chief of The Cornell Policy Review

Applicants must be a CIPA Fellow in good academic standing, and must be a member in good standing of the activity they are applying to chair. Applicants must be willing to commit themselves to remaining in residence at Cornell during the three academic semesters that comprise the remainder of their tenure at Cornell. Students planning to participate in a semester of off-campus study, for example, are not eligible.

Fellows who are appointed to these positions will serve as associate directors during their first-year spring academic term and as full directors for the remaining two semesters following their appointment. Associate directors will receive a $500 tuition stipend for the initial spring academic term and a $1500 tuition stipend for each of the remaining two semesters of their appointment as full directors (total tuition stipend of $3500).

Applicants should submit a current résumé and statement of interest detailing knowledge, skills, abilities, and leadership experience to Thomas O'Toole, the CIPA Executive Director (294 Caldwell Hall), by the first of December in their first year as a CIPA Fellow.