Exposing Students to Nonprofit and Public Administration Sectors
The Cleveland Foundation has conducted a summer internship program since 1999 that provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations in an 11-week paid internship. Interns also participate in and coordinate weekly seminars highlighting key organizations and programs being conducted in the local nonprofit and public sectors.
October – Organizations are invited to apply to host a summer intern
November/December/January – Interns are invited to apply to the program
February/March – Interviews with top candidates are conducted
March – Hiring decisions are made
June/August – 11-week job experience for interns takes place
The program’s objectives include:
- Offering first-hand knowledge of the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community, its leadership, and organizations.
- Providing meaningful career-related work experience.
- Providing a full time, paid internship opportunity ($12 per hour)
- Increasing local organizations’ capacity to conduct important short-term projects.
- Stimulating interest in a career in the nonprofit or public sectors.
- Exposing students to a broad range of public sector endeavors.
Read more about interns’ projects and experiences on our Grantmaking Blog and follow #SummerofPurpose on social media for updates. Also, check out these interviews with three of our 2015 Summer Interns:
Information for Host Organization Applicants
Host Site applications for the 2018 Summer Internship Program will be open from Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 through Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.
The program provides a limited number of college students or recent graduates an opportunity to work in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies during the summer months. All interns are required to work full-time (up to 40 hours) as designated by their host organization, and agencies are encouraged to hire interns as temporary employees.
The following roles and responsibilities apply to host organizations:
- Appoint a senior staff member to serve as the intern’s supervisor.
- Provide ample supervision, feedback and support to the intern.
- Provide meaningful work and learning experiences for the intern. Past interns have worked on projects such as event planning for a major fundraising event, designing an audience demographic survey, developing a marketing/outreach plan and revising training materials.
- Develop and share a work plan for the intern outlining objectives and deliverables throughout the 11-week term.
- Provide a workspace and other resources (access to a computer, reference materials, telephone) needed for the intern to complete work assignments.
- Accept the intern as a temporary employee of your organization for the 11-week term of the internship program. The foundation provides funding to cover the intern’s stipend.
- Attend a mandatory orientation at the Cleveland Foundation for selected Host Sites.
- Organizations that have hosted an intern within the last two years are not eligible to apply.
- Host Sites must be located within Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga counties.
For questions about the program, please contact:
Stephanie Molnar, Program Associate
Information for 2018 Summer Intern Applicants
Applications for the 2018 Summer Internship Program will open Nov. 13, 2017 and close Jan. 22, 2018
- Semi-finalist applicants will be contacted in early February and interviews will be conducted in mid-February.
- Interns will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of March.
- The internship program begins May 30, 2018, and concludes Aug. 10, 2018.
- Host sites and project descriptions will be shared alongside the launch of the application. To review examples of previous host sites and the projects that have been completed by interns, please refer to the “Interns and Host Organizations” documents that are included under Internship Resources along the left side of the page.
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Applicants must be a college junior or senior in fall 2018 or a graduating senior in spring 2018.
- If not a student attending a college or university in Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga counties, applicants must be a permanent resident of Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga counties.
- Applicants should exhibit interest in the nonprofit or public sectors.
- Applicants must not be a relative of a member of Cleveland Foundation staff or Board of Directors.
Other highly desirable qualifications include:
- A strong academic record (preferably a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above)
- Strong English verbal and written communications skills
How to Apply:
(If you have registered with us in the past you can skip the registration step and go to the Login link below)
- Register for access to our online application gateway by entering your name and email, and creating a login ID. An email will be sent to you within 5 minutes. Please check your spam folder. Click on the link in the email to complete the registration process.
- Login (with the email address you used to register), complete the internship application and upload your documents. NEW: You will need to complete the application and upload supporting documents for each mandatory requirement before you can “submit” your application. Deadline to submit: January 22, 2018.
Required Documents (to be uploaded in .pdf format):
- Most recent transcript of all your college-level study
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic work, employment experience or community/volunteer activities.
- We recommend that you upload the letters of recommendation directly into your online application. However, if your personal reference prefers to email their recommendation to us directly, they may email us. You will then need to upload a statement identifying the reference who will be emailing a Letter of Recommendation on your behalf. We will upload all Recommendation Letters received by the application deadline.
- A typed personal statement of 750 words or less, double spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins.
- In the essay, please describe your interest in the nonprofit or public sectors, why you are applying for the summer internship program, and your previous work and volunteer experiences. The essay will help the selection committee learn more about you and also evaluate your writing skills.
Please email us if there are any problems with registration.
For questions about the program, contact:
Stephanie Molnar, Program Associate
- Have all documents required for the application ready to upload in a .pdf format (your resume, transcripts, essay and two letters of recommendation)
- Start early – applications must be submitted by the deadline of Jan. 22, 2018
- The application submission process (if you have all documents ready) should take about 15 minutes