Apply now to host a Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern or Public Service Fellow!

Group photo of the 2023 Public Service Fellows

Applications are now being accepted for local nonprofit and public sector organizations that wish to host a Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern in 2024 or a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow in the 2024-25 cohort. Host organizations benefit from increased capacity to conduct important projects, while interns and fellows benefit from the exposure to career-related work experience. It’s a win-win! Learn more about the benefits and responsibilities of serving as a host organization and apply today:

Host a 2024 Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern

Now in its 25th year, the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work within Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations during an 11-week paid summer internship. If your organization could use increased staff capacity for the summer of 2024 (Late May – August), has one to two important short-term projects to execute over the summer, and has the time and interest in helping to guide, nurture and develop emerging talent, then please consider applying to host a 2024 Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern!

Summer Internship Host Site Eligibility and Responsibilities

Host organizations must:

  • be located in Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga counties
  • be able to hire the intern as a full-time, temporary employee of the organization and provide the workspace, equipment, and resources that are required for the intern to complete their work assignments (which can be supported through grant funds)
  • have a vision for mentoring an emerging leader and a staff member that is available to serve as the intern’s supervisor – offering support, learning opportunities, and feedback throughout the summer
  • have one (or a few) short-term meaningful projects that an intern could truly move forward as part of their work plan in about 11 weeks
  • understand that the intern will need to be released for a set schedule of training and professional development days/lunches with the cohort
  • be open to providing feedback and engaging in ongoing communication with the Cleveland Foundation and/or other supervisors

The deadline for summer internship host site applications is Jan. 5, 2024.

Learn more and apply here.

Photo of two public service fellows working at a laptopHost a 2024-25 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow

Launched in 2016, the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship immerses talented, emerging leaders from across the country in the work of Cleveland’s public sector, providing them an opportunity to develop their skills, enhance their networks, and jumpstart a career in public service. If your agency could benefit from the addition of full-time fellow for 12 months and is committed to developing and advancing talented individuals early in their career, then please consider applying to host a 2024-25 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow!

Public Service Fellowship Host Site Eligibility and Responsibilities:

Host organizations must:

    • be a public sector agency or a nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with the public sector
    • be able to hire the fellow as a full-time employee subject to regular rights and responsibilities of the agency/organization, providing the workspace, equipment, and resources that are required for the fellow to complete their work assignments 
    • have a vision for mentoring an emerging leader and a senior staff member that is available to serve as the fellow’s supervisor – offering support, learning opportunities, and feedback throughout the year
    • have a well-defined scope of work with meaningful project(s) that a fellow could truly move forward within a one-year period
    • be able to develop a plan for regularly scheduled “access to leadership” within the organization
    • understand that the fellow will need to be released for the equivalent of about 2 paid days (14 hours) per month for training and professional with the cohort
    • be open to providing feedback and engaging in ongoing communication with the Cleveland Foundation and/or other supervisors
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The deadline for public service fellowship host site applications is Feb. 9, 2024. 

Learn more and apply here.


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