The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts & Saltonstall Arts Colony has various internship opportunities available during the 2017 – 2018 academic year, as well as summer, 2018. These are unpaid positions, but days and hours per week are entirely flexible, and internships can often be customized to a student’s individual interests and goals. We think this is a pretty great place, and we’d love to introduce you to Saltonstall.

To Apply

Please attach your resume to an email that briefly describes your interest in the position and send it to:


All inquiries will receive a personal reply. Please note: your own transportation is essential. We are located in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood, a rural area about 7 miles east of downtown Ithaca. (Carpooling from downtown with Saltonstall’s director might also be possible).

For More Information

Or to inquire about tailoring an internship around a particular area of interest, call or email:


Lesley Williamson, Saltonstall’s executive director

607-539-3146 /

Fall Semester, 2017; Spring Semester, 2018; Summer 2018

Arts Administration Internship

Are you interested in learning more about how small not-for-profit arts organizations survive and thrive? Ithaca is home to a small arts colony dedicated to supporting New York State artists and writers by providing two- and four-week summer residencies, subsidized retreat space in the off-season, and various public events.


Our arts administration internship is designed to give you hands-on experience in nearly every aspect of running a small arts organization, including but not limited to: marketing, finance/fundraising, organizational management, program development, and general office administration.


Saltonstall has a full-time staff of one and a part-time staff of one. You would be working directly with the organization’s executive director, Lesley Williamson, and occasionally with Suzanne Onodera, the assistant to the executive director.


Note: during this Fall semester (2017), there will be a focus on promoting and supporting a variety of public programs including alumni readings and an exhibition (both in downtown Ithaca), as well as a fundraiser at the colony.

Desired qualities

Curiosity, open-mindedness, willingness to ask lots of questions, ability to work alone in a quiet environment


Desired skills

Ability to write clearly; facility with basic website editing programs and various social media platforms; graphic design skills and knowledge of Excel a plus but not a requirement

Summer, 2018; could continue into the fall semester

Program & Multi-Media Internship

This internship coincides with our summer residencies and corresponding Open House events so you would be supporting and interacting with our residents periodically throughout the summer. Our residency program extends from mid-May through the end of September, so the ideal candidate has the opportunity to continue his/her internship into or through the Fall semester.


This internship is similar to the general “Arts Administration” internship but with a greater focus on generating visual and written content for Saltonstall’s web site, e-newsletters, and social media applications. You should feel comfortable behind a camera and be confident taking still and moving images with a journalistic eye and a marketing mindset.

Desired qualities

Ability to interact discretely and with ease with artists and writers; curiosity, open-mindedness, willingness to ask lots of questions, ability to work independently with minimal supervision


Desired skills

Strong writing skills; somewhat advanced photography and video skills; facility with basic website editing programs and various social media platforms; graphic design skills a plus but not a requirement