2019 Summer Internships

We offer high school and college internships throughout the year.  Floating Classroom internships offer great experience working in a team environment, and follow a model adapted from the Earth Force program, which encourages adoption of personal goals.  Focus areas include tourism, education, environmental sciences, social justice & sustainability. Further details available below.

Summer College-Level Internship Application Period is OPEN!  

See Position Description. We offer 2 summer internship positions for college-aged students. These positions are flexible to accommodate college schedules, although we strongly recommend that applicants be available by mid- to late-May. Both positions are compensated and require an average of 20 hours per week, with potential for additional hours. The work will involve assisting with interpretive programs on Cayuga Lake and at nearby stream locations, program planning and interaction with other regional agencies, and youth development. Two specific areas or responsibility (one for each position) include

  • management of lake data collected during programs, and

  • supervision and mentoring of high school interns.

Application Deadline is March 1, applications are reviewed upon receipt. 

Summer High School-Aged Internship Application Period is OPEN!   

Application Deadline is April 15 2019. To apply, submit a letter of interest and/or brief resume and one personal reference to floatingclassroom@gmail.com.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions! Please note- we will not be actively reviewing applications until March 15, unless requested.  

  1. Four youth crew/internships (July-August, only) will be offered at 15-20 hours/week. These interns will learn job-skills as junior crew on the MV Teal, and will also assist with lake study and educational programs related to their areas of interest. Compensation may be arranged via Tompkins County and Ulysses Youth Employment Services. Position description pending.

  2. Advanced internship opportunities, for candidates with prior experience, are also available. These positions focus on development and completion of a project proposed by the candidate, which may involve environmentsal studies, tourism, educational interpretation or other topics. For information, contact floatingclassroom@gmail.com. See position description.

 Fall and winter internships are periodically available. Feed to contact us with inquiries.


Interpretive Crew Member position description (pdf)

10-20 hours/week, May-October.  Discover Cayuga Lake is part of the not-for-profit Center for Transformative Action, based in Ithaca, NY, and provides interactive lake cruises and educational programs for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. Our programs emphasize the human and natural history of the region in a casual and engaging atmosphere. We are seeking outgoing individuals, ready to work as crew members on a 63-foot tour boat and assist with a range of events, from quiet sunset cruises to STEM education classes for local students.

We are happy to accept resumes from interested candidates; however we do not have immediate openings.  If we have your information on-file we will contact you as positions open over the course of the summer.  To apply, please send your resume cover letter and references to Bill Foster at floatingclassroom@gmail.com.  Also, please feel free to contacts us with questions.  Thanks for your interest!