What is Lakeside Chautauqua?

Lakeside Chautauqua is a nonprofit organization that engages individuals in a year-round Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit. Located halfway between Cleveland and Toledo, it is a historic community and tourism hot spot that offers spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts programming and recreational pursuits for guests of all ages.

With daily concerts, special events, lectures, shuffleboard, tennis, pickleball, waterfront activities, cottages, hotels, shops and restaurants, Lakeside remains a year-round retreat for generations of families.

Our mission is “to enrich the quality of life for all people, to foster traditional Christian values and nurture relationships through opportunities for renewal and growth…spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically…while preserving Lakeside’s heritage.”

Why Should I Apply?

Lakeside’s internship program offers opportunities to build a solid skill base in order to launch any successful career. During the summer, learn about the nonprofit and tourism industries and earn income while having fun in the sun, meeting worldwide travelers, and developing new friendships and networking connections. This unique experience is unparalleled with excitement, variety, challenge and long-lasting growth. On your days off, visit nearby Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island, the Marblehead Lighthouse and other local attractions.

Compensation & Incentives

Lakeside Chautauqua offers a competitive internship compensation package, which includes a seasonal stipend, shared housing (rent, water, electric, cable/internet included), and season gate and auto pass to attend summer programming at Lakeside.

Eligibility & Time Commitment

The ideal candidate is enrolled in a college/university with having completed at least one year of an undergraduate degree. Graduate students, recent college graduates and high schoolers are also accepted. Interns are required to work days, evenings, weekends and all summer holidays from May 12 to at least August 16 or for a total of 13-15 weeks in the summer. Work schedules are determined by supervisors; many positions require a 10-hour work day.

2023 Internship Opportunities

Check back in the fall/winter for 2023 internship opportunities!

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, minimum of three (3) professional references (name and contact information) and/or three (3) writing or design samples (if required for position).

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send materials to In the subject line, indicate the internship position that interests you. If you qualify for more than one position, please indicate in your cover letter and subject line; limit of two. Applications are accepted until positions are filled.