Berry Center Mission and Programs

“Cornell's Berry Center provides a learning experience that is virtually impossible to replicate at other colleges. It offers an outstanding and dedicated faculty, complemented by interaction with business leaders and distinguished alumni, incorporated into a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. When appropriate, a course can be taught anywhere around the world. The overall result is graduates that are exceptionally well prepared to be outstanding leaders around the world economy.”

Jim McWethy ’65, Chair, Berry Center Advisory Board

Caitlin Ewing

The Berry Center seeks to provide students with high-quality experiential learning opportunities that complement their classroom learning. In doing so, the Berry Center seeks to prepare students for entry into the workplace or graduate study, and for lifelong learning and professional success. To this end, the Berry Center offers a full suite of academic enrichment and co-curricular programs:
  • Provision of experiential learning and academic enrichment opportunities through support for off-campus courses, interaction with distinguished visitors, reading groups, student-faculty research, independent study, and student participation in conferences and workshops.

  • Development of a high-quality internship program for students in economics, business, public policy and other related fields.

  • Organization of public lectures, symposia and workshops that enrich the student academic experience and contribute to the intellectual life of the community.

  • Support for the teaching of entrepreneurship and for student co-curricular organizations interested in entrepreneurship and portfolio management.

  • Promotion of the interdisciplinary study of public policy, including funding for a tenure-track faculty position in public policy.

  • Establishment of Cornell LEADS, a leadership program that enables students to interact with leaders in various fields of endeavor through workshops, panel discussions, and field trips.

  • Creation of support programs for career planning and for graduate study preparation, with a special emphasis on MBA programs.

  • Technology and educational software support for courses in economics and finance which emphasize applied economics, data literacy and quantitative analysis.

The Berry Center is supported by a $5 million endowment gift from alumnus James McWethy ’65. Read More: Berry Center Endowment