Kessler Fellows Program
One-of-a-kind Experience for Entrepreneurial Engineers!
Cornell engineering students are full of great ideas and some have a passion for an entrepreneurial adventure!
Being innovative or entrepreneurial, or commercializing a great idea requires more than that idea and technical expertise. The Kessler Fellows Program offers select junior engineering students a unique experience; one that combines education and real world experience while they are at Cornell and through a summer experience in a start-up or other entrepreneurial environment.
Eligibility and Selection
Engineering students are eligible to apply during the fall semester of their Junior year. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted before winter break. Fellows are selected by the Program Advisory Board comprised of faculty, academic staff and entrepreneurs. Fellowships are offered in December by the Program Director.
Through the generosity of Andrew J. Kessler '80 EE, Fellows receive a $2,000 cash prize at the conclusion of the spring course "Essentials of Entrepreneurism" and are paid $1,000 per week during their 10-12 week summer placement. In addition, if they are financial aid recipients, a portion of their packaged federal loans may be reduced during their senior year.
For Potential Placement Companies
If you know of a start-up company, are involved in an entrepreneurial environment, would like to explore the possibility of hosting a Kessler Fellow, or would like to speak with a previous host company mentor contact Kessler Fellows Program Director Tracey Brant, 607-254-6438.