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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Urban Semester Summer Program in New York City

May 30-July 28, 2017


This experiential learning program offers students a unique opportunity to intern in low-income neighborhoods in New York City, aiding social justice nonprofits in housing, education, and health while earning academic credit.

Students select either a pre-medicine or pre-professional track and register for one of the following four-credit courses:

  • HE 4060, Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: The Culture of Medicine and Public Health (Students choose either the hospital-setting option or the public health option.)
  • HE 4080, Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: Community and Public Service
  • HE 4090, Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: Finance, Business, Law, and Other Settings

Students spend four days per week at their placement sites and one with their course instructor, Dr. Sam Beck (HE 4060) or Marianne Cocchini (HE 4080 and HE 4090). They take part in planned activities such as seminars, discussions with professionals, and site visits, and they maintain journals in which they reflect on their work and service placements. Grades are based on oral reports and term papers.

To learn more about Urban Semester, read the article Brooklyn Bridges in the Fall 2015 issue of Human Ecology.