Welcome 2011 Interns!

The 2011 Cleveland Foundation Summer class is a unique bunch. We have students from local colleges such as Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Baldwin Wallace College. But we also have students from Ohio Wesleyan University, Kenyon College, Miami University, and the University of Notre Dame.

The majors of interns also speak to the cross disciplinary approach to problem solving that is required for this global and hyper-local world we live in. Along side urban planners and nonprofit management majors, we have business, art history, religious studies and environmental science majors. In terms of class standing, we have undergrads, recent graduates and graduate students.

We viewed it as our responsibility to support and believe in the 2011 intern class as they employ their talents to help the 16 host site organizations conduct important projects. It is our hope that this experience will help them gain a deeper understanding of and increase their interest in nonprofit and public sector work. This follows the program’s two key objectives: exposing young people to local nonprofit and public sector work and increasing organizations’ ability to conduct important short-term projects. The 2011 class will also share their insights, stories and updates about the internship program.

Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Class of 2011

Imani Allen

A senior at Cleveland State University, will be placed at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. Imani will work with the director of human resources to develop an emergency plan that includes information technology, administration, communications, direct service programs and an emergency succession plan.

Nicholas Borchers

A graduate student from Case Western Reserve University/Weatherhead School of Management, will be placed at Business Volunteers Unlimited. Nicholas will be responsible for identifying volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups, coordinating registration and posting volunteer opportunities.

David Campbell

A senior at Cleveland State University, will be placed at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). David will work with the Sales Director to increase the number of employees in the Commuter Advantage program.

Adrienne Fischer

A senior at John Carroll University, will be placed at The Literacy Cooperative. Adrienne will be responsible for assessing, enhancing and managing The Literacy Cooperative’s stakeholder databases.

Andrew Gotlieb

A graduate student from Cleveland State University, will be placed at The Cleveland Municipal Housing Court. Andrew will work with Court staff to develop a program to identify and address the problems and solutions related to the housing foreclosure crisis.

Colleen Halpin

A graduate student from Case Western Reserve University, will be placed at the International Women’s Air & Space Museum. Colleen will be responsible for reviewing the museum’s extensive collection of Amelia Earhart photographs and create an inventory that can be accessed by staff, researchers and the general public. She will also be responsible for researching collections of other women pilots.

Ahmad Hamad

A junior at Kenyon College, will be placed at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Ahmad will be responsible for assisting Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and the Housing First Initiative build the community’s support for tackling chronic and long-term homelessness among families and young people.

Cory Isler

A junior at Baldwin-Wallace College, will be placed at The Cleveland Orchestra. Cory will be responsible for event planning and coordination of a one-day conference for the PNC Grow Up Great Program, research and writing curricular materials for education concerts, and market research and patron database updates for education concerts.

Vicente Jimenez

A senior at Hiram College, will be placed at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District. Vicente will be responsible for developing an educational and marketing plan to promote the district’s new Special Waste Convenience Center.

Hannah Keelor

A junior at The Cleveland Institute of Art, will be placed at Broadway School of Music & the Arts. Hannah will be responsible for coordinating two projects with a marketing/public relations focus for Cleveland Neighborhood Arts.

Joanne Neugebauer

A senior at Ohio Wesleyan University, will be placed at University Hospitals Health System. Joanne will be responsible for developing content for internal and external healthy & sustainable food website. She will also help with the execution of the new CWRU/UHHHS expanded farmer’s market.

Deborah O’Neal

A sophomore at Miami University, will be placed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Deborah will develop/implement a program for the Journalism Club to collect content for website/social media outlets; help with final details for 5k race including collecting ads from sponsors and assisting with event programming.

Stephanie Pedicini

A junior at the University of Notre Dame, will be placed at International Partners in Mission. Stephanie will be responsible for strategic planning and communications, conducting research for Environmental Scan, facilitating surveys, providing updates to website and developing a plan for social media.

Bryce Sylvester

A graduate student from Cleveland State University, Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs, will be placed at LakewoodAlive. Bryce’s primary responsibility will be to create a landlord education program. Other responsibilities/duties will include assisting in the implementation of the Housing Outreach Program.

Eric Vega

A recent graduate from Cleveland State University, Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs, will be placed at Ohio City, Inc. Eric will be responsible for coordinating meetings and researching programs for the Ohio City Dialogue (a collaboration of over 90 nonprofits and community organizations based in Ohio City); assist in the planning and implementation of workgroup action items and assist in planning of Ohio City Dialogue Quarterly Workshops.

Amber Zemek

A graduate student from Cleveland State University, will be placed at The Gathering Place. Amber will contribute to the follow-up activities from the 2011 Race for the Place; working with the Director of Community Relations/Marketing on the execution of social media strategy and help to identify potential outreach opportunities on the west side of Cleveland.