A Look At The 2011 Summer Internship Program

The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program class of 2011 can expect to be immersed in dynamic projects touching almost every aspect of life in our community.

The 16 projects are grouped into four clusters: strengthening nonprofit organizations (capacity building), testing new ideas and innovative solutions (game changers), providing programs and services to vulnerable and underserved populations, and governmental agencies addressing vital issues. Here are the host site organizations and projects:

Projects strengthening organizations

  • International Partners in Mission: Conduct research and interviews to prepare for IPM’s environmental scan and market perception analysis and assist with implementation of social media strategy
  • International Women’s Air and Space Museum: Assist in the creation of Amelia Earhart photograph collection and Mercury 13 collection (photos/archives of the first women to undergo astronaut testing)
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry: Develop an emergency plan that addresses succession planning, leadership, information technology, communication, and direct service
  • The Gathering Place: Market and development private concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and execute social media strategy
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited: Help identify volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups
  • Literacy Cooperative: Help organize, update, and expand stakeholder database and assist with programming

Projects testing new ideas and innovative solutions

  • Cleveland Neighborhood Arts Collaborative: Develop a year-round arts calendar and create content for website 
  • University Hospitals Health Systems: Design a “roving” farmers market and support the health system’s goal of reducing obesity
  • LakewoodAlive: Create a database of contractors, assisting homeowners and helping code enforcement staff bring cases to housing court
  • Ohio City Near West Development Corporation: Implement a shared services program for nonprofits based in the Ohio City neighborhood

Projects providing programs and services to vulnerable and
underserved populations

  • Enterprise Community Partners: Research best practices in homeless prevention and develop an outreach plan for homeless youth; revise provider manual
  • Boys and Girls Club: Design and manage website “Kids Corner” and develop a journalism club for teens
  • Cleveland Orchestra: Assist the orchestra’s Community Music Initiative to offer a wide array of inspirational musical experiences to a variety of audiences 

Projects in the governmental sector responding to challenges and
seizing opportunities

  • Cleveland Municipal Housing Court: Partner with local nonprofits to address foreclosure prevention and work with partners to create a unified message on healthy housing in relation to vacant homes and code enforcement
  • Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District: Develop outreach to businesses, schools, and institutions on topics related to recycling, composting, and waste reduction; conduct research and update publications
  • Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority: Market commuter-advantage program to local employers and assist advertising agency with marketing and promotions to encourage use of mass transit 

Do you know an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate who is interested in a meaningful summer internship working on one of the projects listed above? If so, encourage them to visit our Summer Internship Program web page, email nBeckford@CleveFdn.org, or call 216.615.7259 for information.