Summer 2019 Internships

Spend your summer revitalizing Ithaca's beautiful public waterfront corridor through an internship with Friends of Stewart Park!

Friends of Stewart Park is looking for Cornell Federal Work Study eligible students for the summer! We are looking for Interns specializing in Communications and Fundraising, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Event Coordination.

All FSP interns will spend time each week maintaining the park and trail and will help collect park and trail user data on a regular basis throughout the summer. Interns will work together on the Outdoor Recreation Expo - Paddle Pedal & Play Festival, to be held September 7.

Applications accepted until positions are filled.


Communication and Fundraising Intern

The Communication and Fundraising Intern will strategically develop written and graphic media to support two major efforts for the new Stewart Park Inclusive Playground: 1) a large public crowdsourcing campaign to complete the playground’s $1.68 million capital campaign and 2) outreach and recruitment of 840 volunteers for the playground’s community build, occurring fall 2019.

In addition, the successful candidate will become familiar with donor and gift management through maintenance of donor databases. For this position, FSP/CWTI is seeking a highly organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented individual with strong written and verbal communication skills and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite. Photography, web development, and database experience is desired. 

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Landscape Architecture and Architectural Design Intern

Responsibilities will include collaboratively developing designs and graphics for a performance plaza in the park’s historic core as well as for other impactful smaller projects in the Park and along the Waterfront Trail. 

For this position, FSP/CWTI is seeking a highly organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented individual with strong design, planning and graphic communication skills. Knowledge of Adobe suite, AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp, and other design software required. 


Horticulture Intern

Responsibilities will include maintaining a variety of gardens in Stewart Park and along the Waterfront Trail. For this position, FSP and CWTI are seeking a highly energetic, self-motivated, and detail-oriented individual with gardening skills and experience, and a strong back! 

There will be many opportunities to lead landscaping volunteers and to become involved with indoor aspects of park and trail projects during rainy or very hot weather.


Outdoor Recreation Expo Coordinator

Friends of Stewart Park is coordinating a new outdoor recreation expo on September 7th called the Paddle, Pedal & Play Festival to celebrate many outdoor recreational activities in Stewart Park and along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. This festival will feature a range of activities on water including stand up paddleboard, canoeing, kayaking, rowing; biking and skating on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail and Black Diamond Trail; and numerous active recreational activities in Stewart Park including pickleball, bocce, kick ball, tennis, volleyball, tree climbing, and more.

We are looking for a self-motivated, energetic and detail oriented student with an interest in outdoor recreation to take the lead in planning and coordinating this task, with FSP staff and other work study interns.


Position will report to Rick Manning, FSP Executive Director and/or Janelle Alvstad-Mattson, FSP Communications & Administration Specialist. Hourly pay will range from $12 - $15/hour depending on student experience and education level. Candidates for paid internships must be work study qualified, and unpaid internships are also available. While full time positions are preferred, part time positions will be considered. 

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To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter and resume along with three recommendations to:

Rick Manning
1001 W. Seneca St., Suite 101
Ithaca, NY 14850