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CREA Events Intern Job Posting

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The Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) is looking for part-time interns to assist with a wide range of virtual and in-person event support, as well as executing other projects as needed. CREA is tasked with a variety of economic development initiatives, each of which requires a variety of events, including presentations, workshops, receptions, conferences, and business competitions – both virtual and in-person. 

You can learn more about these and all of CREA’s current initiatives here:  

This is a great opportunity for someone interested in event operations and project execution, in the context of economic development, state/local governments, entrepreneurship/business development, or startups. This is also a great way to get connected with Ithaca and the surrounding region, while contributing to impactful projects. We work in a fun, fast-paced environment alongside business entrepreneurs, and we would like to find someone who is a self-starter, has excellent problem-solving and communication skills to achieve a smooth execution of all client-facing events. The position is primarily in-person with potential for some remote hours depending upon event needs.   

Job Openings:

Events Intern Summary and Responsibilities

We are looking for 2-3 part-time Event Interns who can devote 10-20 hours/week to support everyday event operations and serve as event staff as needed (may include occasional early mornings, nights, and weekends, depending upon several factors). The position may include general support for CREA projects and programs. Positions are flexible. Positions report to the Events  Manager.   


  • Help support everyday event operations, planning, outreach, and design  
  • Manage event calendar   
  • Coordinate logistics with multiple constituents, vendors, venue selection, etc.  
  • Manage a wide variety of “unknowns” at each event and troubleshoot as appropriate    
  • Act as virtual & on-site event staff as needed at various events. May include: registration desk, venue setup, venue breakdown, catering setup, catering breakdown, venue coordination, pre and post-event data input and management, minimal AV support, acting as event ambassador, transporting light event supplies such as laptops and adaptors to on-site events, setup, etc.    
  • Assisting with other non-event support for CREA programs as needed 
  • May include lifting and standing 
  • Any other duties as assigned   


  • Student majoring in hospitality, communications, marketing, event design, management, or a related field (or those with experience in and/or desire to develop event management skills) 
  • Must have professional attention to detail, accuracy, organization, and event execution 
  • Must have an excellent ability to communicate clearly, confidently and concisely both orally and in writing in a professional manner 
  • Must be able to work occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed (flexible) 
  • Must be responsible for independent transportation 
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment where change is common 
  • Must be capable of setting priorities and working under pressure 
  • Must have an ability to work independently while demonstrating a positive, purpose-oriented work ethic, and enthusiasm  
  • Must have excellent ability to assess program needs and make recommendations for solutions  
  • Prefer to have a passion for startups, entrepreneurship, and nurturing a vibrant and diverse economy in the area and region  


  • 10-20 hours per week


Summer 2024, with possibility for extension based on needs and schedules. Start and ends dates are flexible.  


The position is based out of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works in downtown Ithaca, 314 E. State St. The position is in-person, with potential for some remote hours depending upon event needs. Candidate must be able to work in office or offsite at event venues as needed (typically on/around Cornell campus). 

Must be responsible for independent transportation.   

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 

About Cornell University 

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.