LOCATE FINGER LAKES Internship Program

The Locate Finger Lakes Internship Program provides qualified students with the opportunity to learn by participating first hand in a number of business and entrepreneurship activities.

This work will include projects focused on the marketing and rebranding of the Finger Lakes Region as a place to conduct business. Interns will undertake projects relating to the promotion of a region as a place of innovation and new product development.

Interns will be exposed to a number of aspects of business economics including:  case studies demonstrating examples of entrepreneurship; the industry site selection process; local, state and federal economic development initiatives; analysis of the region’s economic assets; production of business marketing, messaging and development of business promotional materials; understanding of the interrelationships of business with major universities and technical centers and their role in research, innovation and new product development.

Interns will also be involved in the development, management and promotion of a regional new product entrepreneurial competition that will be sponsored by the Locate Finger Lakes and other businesses in the region.

Students currently attending college or recent graduates are eligible to participate in the LOCATE FINGER LAKES Internship Program.

The Program

The Intern would be required to participate in a set number of hours each week of assigned research and writing assignments, to be determined by the credit requirements of each participating college. The program would also require mandatory participation in three one hour seminars for the semester, conducted once monthly for all interns students participating in the program, and to be held in a central location.


Boom Town USA: 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,
Jack Schultz. Published by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, 2004

Various articles from the Wall Street Journal and other business journals.


Each student will be required to compose a paper. The nature and type of additional writing will depend on the intern project assigned.


The Internship program will insure the requirements of and course credit standards of each participating school will be met.


Use this form to apply. For additional information email us or call 315-577-3796.

Our Founding Interns

Locate Finger Lakes is very pleased to have four outstanding students working to assist promoting business development in our region. Our inaugural first class are students from Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and St. John Fisher College.

  • Name: Jarry Roussein Antoine
    College: Cornell University Class of 2019
    Course Study: Economics.
    Hometown: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

  • Name: Mackenzie LeVan
    St. John Fisher College Class of 2018
    Major: Marketing
    Hometown: Ballston Lake
    High school: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

  • Name: Harrison DeMaira
     Hobart College Class of 2019
    Major: Media & Society – New Media, Entrepreneurial Studies
    Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
    High School: Graduated in 2015 from Gill St. Bernards School in Gladstone, NJ

  • Devin Cooper-Vastola

    Name: Devin Cooper-Vastola
     Hobart College Class of 2018
    Major: Media and Society and Psychology
    Hometown: Belle Harbor, NY
    High School: Portledge School, Locust Valley, NY