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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Strategic Corporate Research

June 14-19, 2015

The following information pertains to the last time this program was offered. If you would like to be notified via e-mail when new information is available, please subscribe to the Summer Session announcement list.



Acceptance to the program will be limited based on space, experience, and qualifications. Because of the combination of limited space and high demand for the course, we urge students to complete the online application form as soon as possible. The closing date for applications will be May 1, 2015, and acceptance letters will be sent out on May 6, 2015.

Students must include with their application a two- to three-page single-spaced essay explaining why they are interested in attending the program and what they plan to do upon completion of their degree. Each applicant should also have at least one letter of reference sent by the reference to or by mail to Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research, 262 Ives Faculty Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. The letter(s) should speak to as many of the following attributes about the applicant as possible: research and writing aptitude and experience; depth of knowledge and experience relating to strategic corporate research, labor policy, globalization, organizing, bargaining, and comprehensive campaigns; and long-term academic and career goals. The reference letters are due no later than May 1, 2015.

Registration fee

The registration fee covers all instruction, books and materials, bus passes, opening reception, picnic on Wednesday night, and closing luncheon on Friday. A $100 tuition deposit is required for all registrations no later than May 1, 2015.

  • Non-credit fee: The non-credit fee is $580 for all individual students, thanks to an AFL-CIO grant of $405. Those participants who work for a union, NGO, or other employer should have their non-credit tuition paid by their sponsoring employer at the full $985 non-credit fee.
  • Credit course fee: The tuition for those enrolling in the 1.5-credit class is $1,890. All individual students receive an AFL-CIO grant of $890, reducing the cost to $1,000, except for those whose tuition is being paid by their sponsoring union, NGO, or other employer. Those students will have their union employer pay the full $1,890 credit tuition fee.


The AFL-CIO will provide a limited number of additional needs-based scholarships to reduce the cost of tuition by $500 for students taking the course for credit. These scholarships are only for students taking the course for credit and writing a research paper; non-credit students do not qualify, nor do students who are not seriously committed to doing the twenty-five- to thirty-page research paper. Except in special circumstances the scholarships only cover half of the tuition and do not cover housing or transportation. To apply for a scholarship, please attach an additional one-page essay outlining your reasons for requesting this scholarship. Also explain how you are going to make the time commitment to complete the research and the writing within the allotted time frame. Please note that the scholarships only apply to those students interested in taking the course for credit, and will only cover a portion of the credit tuition cost. Union employees and other students who are funded by their employers are not eligible.

Application form

To access the online application form, please click here.

Refund policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the Special Programs office. Your refund amount will be determined by the date on which you notify the director.

Refund schedule:

  • 100 percent of the tuition deposit will be refunded up until and including May 1, 2015.
  • 100 percent of tuition and program fee—minus the non-refundable tuition deposit—will be refunded until and including program registration on June 14, 2015.

More information

Contact the ILR Office of Labor Education and Research at 607.269.7246 or e-mail