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The Kessler Fellows Program was established in 2008, and is a year-long program that combines these innovative and educational components:

  • Spring course on campus “Essentials of Entrepreneurism”
  • Summer placement in a start-up or other entrepreneurial environment
  • Presentation of your experiences during a fall symposium series

A critical component of the Program is the summer placement, which combines both business and engineering work, and exposure to the "business wrapper" of the placement company. Fellows are exposed to the full business element of their start-up and contribute broadly and deeply to company success. Many students continue to work with their companies throughout their senior year at Cornell, and some receive full time job offers upon graduation. Others have found networking and contacts made through their placement company integral to their future plans.

To find out how you can participate, attend the sessions noted below:
(Students should attend an information session if they are interested in applying, and attend one or more of the symposia if they want to hear about one of the Fellows’ experiences)