This paid internship program aims to support early-stage Cornell technology startups while providing Cornell students with real-world experience in new ventures and innovation.

The program offers up to a $10K internship fellowship for each student to work at selected Cornell startups. The hiring managers can employ an intern during summer or as an ongoing intern during the year.  The stipend will be paid bi-weekly.


Companies: Startup companies
1. Established based on technologies licensed from Cornell
2. Have not raised professional series A financing yet.

Students:  All Cornell students currently enrolled at the University.

Selection Process

Step 1:

Eligible startup companies make requests to CTL regarding their need for intern positions*

  • One position per company
  • 6 positions available for 2024
  • Company should provide CTL with 1-page job description for the internship position
  • Applicants (companies) that have not been previously awarded through the program will be given priority

Step 2:

Cornell Startup companies advertise for internship positions and recruit on campus. Cornell channels include but are not limited to the following. CTL website will help promote such postings as well. Each Startup company will conduct interviews among the candidate Cornell students and select the intern based on their needs.

Ignite Interns are paid $22.70/hour.
This full-time internship is up to 11 weeks long.

Step 3:

The selected candidate will be awarded the Ignite Intern for Startup fellowship, managed by CTL and the HR group under OVPRI.

Step 4:

After the internship is completed, the companies should conduct an evaluation, and the student should submit a short report about their experience and accomplishments from the internship.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds.

We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply to the open Ignite internship positions offered by the startups, which will be posted on the CTL website.


* The Ignite team will follow up with the Startups’ application within one or two weeks of submission.


For startups, applications are accepted one cycle per year, starting in the fall and closing in the spring of the following year. For 2024 cycle, fill out the application by May 3rd, 2024, before midnight.

For interns, once the job is posted, you can apply immediately. The job application will close once the position is filled.

More information and application instructions are in the link below.


Startups Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2024, before midnight.

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