Information for 2024 Summer Intern Applicants

Applications for the 2024 Summer Internship Program will be accepted through Thursday, February 1st, 2024.

  • Semi-finalist interviews will be conducted through mid-March.
  • Interns will be notified of their acceptance into the program through mid-April.
  • The internship program formally begins on May 29 and concludes on Aug. 9, 2024.
  • Browse the 2024 summer internship host sites here.


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a college junior or senior in fall 2024, a graduating senior in spring 2024, or first year graduate students in spring 2024.
  • 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.

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. 
    • Please note that a section of the application requires you to respond to a few short answer questions, both to get a sense of your writing style and to learn more about your interest in applying for the program.

Required Documents (to be uploaded in .pdf format):

  • Resume
  • One required letter of recommendation (with 2 letters permitted) from individuals familiar with your academic work, employment experience or community/volunteer activities.
    • We request that you upload the letter(s) directly into your online application. However, if the person providing your letter of recommendation prefers to send in his/her recommendation directly, please . You will then need to upload a statement identifying the reference who will be mailing a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We will upload all recommendation letters received by the application deadline.

Please if there are any problems with registration.
For questions about the program, contact: 

Stephanie Molnar, Program Manager, Leadership Development 


Helpful hints:

  • Have all documents required for the application ready to upload in a .pdf format
  • Start early – applications must be submitted by the deadline of February 1, 2024.
  • The application submission process (if you have your resume and letter(s) of recommendation ready) should take about 30-45 minutes to complete, including time for you to respond to a few short-answer questions.