Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca is best known as the home of Cornell University. Ithaca internships arise from an economy built around education and manufacturing; the Ivy League’s leading research efforts have boosted businesses in high technology, biotechnology, and electronics as well. In the summer months, tourism kicks into high gear with visitors flocking to the region’s scenic lakes, gorges, and wineries.
Ithaca interns live and work in a college town environment with the used bookstores, art house cinemas, and cafes that define the landscape. Ithaca Commons, a two block pedestrian mall in downtown Ithaca, attracts locals with shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars. The walkway hosts free performances from entertainers and theater groups during the summer months; the Commons is also the beginning of the Sagan Planet Walk that leads pedestrians on a scaled walk through the solar system.
Students with internships in Ithaca have the opportunity to support a thriving arts and sciences community as well. The city houses several professional theaters, the Sciencecenter, and indie movie theater Cinemapolis. Additionally, interns in Ithaca will enjoy several seasonal festivals like the fall Apple Festival and late summer’s Porchfest, when local musicians perform on the porches of the Fall Creek neighborhood.