This week we welcomed the 14th class of the Cleveland Foundation’s Summer Intern Program. This group of 17 professionals went through a rigorous selection process and represents the diversity and talent of our region. The program’s objectives are to: provide a meaningful career-related work experience at a local nonprofit, and to increase a local organization’s capacity to conduct important short-term projects. If things go according to plans, the interns will leave a mark on their organizations and Cleveland. Be sure to check out their weekly blog posts. But for now, allow me to introduce you to them:
Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Class of 2013
Andrew Brandt, a recent graduate from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Economics, will be placed at the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI). Andrew will work closely with the VP of Lending to create a business incubator, hold a business plan competition, and develop programming to support the businesses in the incubator.
Austin Boxler, a graduate student from Cleveland State University studying Public Administration, will be placed at LAND Studio. Austin will assist in all aspects of the ongoing efforts outlined in the Group Plan Commission’s work plan, which includes governance, finance, planning and urban design, and public participation and communications.
Michael Dailey, a recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace University with a Political Science degree, will be placed at Campus District, Inc. Michael will be responsible for utilizing various forms of communications to promote the Campus District and its redevelopment agenda.
Chantel Davis, a graduate student from John Carroll University studying Nonprofit Administration, will be placed at the West Side Community House. Chantel will be responsible for tracking outcomes and gauging the short and long-term impact of “Sisterhood.” She will also develop survey tools for the participants and their parents and create a process for tracking results and will develop a timeline for administering surveys.
Maureen Doyle, a senior at Xavier University studying Sociology, will be placed at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland (LGBT). Maureen will be responsible for planning and coordinating the Bourbon Street Ball as well as supporting staff and volunteers.
Joshua Edmonds, a junior at Notre Dame College studying English, Education, and Spanish, will be placed at Lake Erie Ink. Joshua will coordinate the Teen Summer Ink Program assisting with designing, implementing, and evaluating summer programming for teens and will help connect Lake Erie Ink to teens in different communities.
Emilie Featheroff, a junior at Ohio State University studying Psychology, will be placed at the Cleveland Foundation. Emilie will be responsible for projects and activities to support the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration, researching and developing donor stories, assist with the implementation of the Centennial Society, and implement a donor survey.
Dominic Finelli, a graduate student from Cleveland State University studying Nonprofit Administration and Leadership, will be placed at the City of Lakewood. Dominic will assist with community outreach events and activities focused on housing and the city’s Housing strategy for the Madison on the Move Project. Dominic will also assist in expanding the Bike Rack for Business Program, and will co-write an application for the Bike Lakewood Master Plan Project.
Steven Kanner, a graduate student from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs studying Urban Planning, Design and Development, will be placed at Seeds of Literacy. Steven will be responsible for overseeing the daily performance of computer systems, maintain data communication transactions, installation activities, and design a monitory plan for the computer lab to prepare adult learners for a computerized version of the new GED test.
Ana Maria Martinez, a graduate student from Case Western Reserve University studying Social Administration, will be placed at Open Doors Academy. Ana will be responsible for observing and assessing effectiveness of camps, providing feedback to the Director of Community Engagement and CEO, coordinate transportation to camps, ensuring staff coverage at camps, and participate in weekly administrative meetings.
MaryKate McHugh, a junior at Ohio University studying Communication, will be placed at North Union Farmers Market. MaryKate will be responsible for research and development that will help the growth of programs, implement a marketing plan for fundraising, evaluate existing programs, and coordinate and organize volunteers.
Suparna Reddy, a senior at Ohio State University studying Political Science and Economics, will be placed at the Famicos Foundation. Suparna will be responsible for performing market research to determine the potential for a retail business district in the Superior/E. 105th area that will focus on “green” businesses and research land ownership and the potential for land acquisition.
Brian Schultz, a recent graduate from Xavier University with an International Studies degree, will be placed at the Foundation Center. Brian will be responsible for the collection and organization of information regarding community foundations and philanthropy to establish the first-of-its-kind, world-wide Atlas for community foundations.
Samantha Steinfeld, a recent graduate student from Xavier University with an Organizational Communication degree, will be placed at Beech Brook. Samantha will be responsible for developing marketing materials for Beech Brook’s new integrated care program, including a health-related information section for its website, and will help develop new ideas for using social media to engage the organization’s supporters.
Elise Wallis, a senior at Baldwin Wallace University studying Political Science and Public Health, will be placed at the Cleveland Metroparks. Elise will work with the Human Resources Department to collect information to standardize the internship programs for the Metroparks Education, Animal Care and Research, Treasurer’s Office, Planning, Design and Natural Resources departments.
Takisha Williamson, a graduate student from the University of Akron studying Arts Administration, will be placed at GroundWorks Dance Theater. Takisha will be responsible for updating the database and work with partners to transition the database into an integrated system. She will also work with social media and website development and will help to expand the sales program.
Fouad Yared, a graduate student from Cleveland State University studying Urban Studies, will be placed at the Trust for Public Land. Fouad will be responsible for utilizing database information, researching local conservation projects and assess stipulations regarding signage, identify projects for signage, visit and photograph conservation projects and help enhance/augment marketing.