Information for Host Organization Applicants

Host Site applications for the 2020 Summer Internship Program will be open from Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 through Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

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 per week) 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.
  • A group of interns poses at one of the host sitesDevelop 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 salary.
  • 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. 

2018 supervisors shared the following highlights at the conclusion of the summer:

“I had a great experience … I would just say allow the intern to learn from you and allow yourself to learn from them.”

“The pool of candidate for interns is of very high professionalism – be prepared to give real projects without hesitation.”

“I would say that this is an incredible program and a wonderful opportunity for supervisors to get to know other organizations within the Cleveland nonprofit and public sectors.”

To apply: 

The application is available through the Cleveland Foundation’s Grants Gateway portal. If your organization is already registered within Grants Gateway, you can log-in with your username and password to access the application. If your organization needs to register, you can request access through the purple “Grants” box and then proceed through the registration and application processes.

For questions about the program, please contact:

Stephanie Molnar, Program Officer, Leadership Development