Information for Host Organization Applicants

Host Site applications for the 2022 Summer Internship Program will be open through Dec. 7, 2021.

The program provides a limited number of college students, recent graduates, and first year graduate students an opportunity to work in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies during the summer months. 


An organization should consider applying to host an intern if it:

  • is located in Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga counties
  • is 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)
  • has 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
  • has 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
  • is open to providing feedback and engaging in ongoing communication with the Cleveland Foundation and/or other supervisors
    • There will be approximately 5 opportunities for supervisors to formally convene throughout the process (before interviews with candidates, pre-summer, during orientation with the interns, mid-summer, and during the interns’ farewell)
    • The foundation will provide an initial goal setting document to support each organization’s onboarding and offboarding processes with their intern
    • An end-of-summer survey will be available in the Grants Gateway portal in lieu of a final grant report
    • Some questions prospective supervisors may want to consider for further discussion moving forward into 2022:
      • Is there a training, topic, or resource that would be particularly helpful to your organization in terms of professional development this summer?
      • What topic(s) would you be most interested in discussing and/or learning more about with all the other supervisors in the program? with all the supervisors and interns together?

To apply: 

The application is available through the Cleveland Foundation’s Grants Gateway. 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:A group of interns poses at one of the host sites

Stephanie Molnar, Program Officer, Leadership Development


If helpful, a couple examples of projects from recent summers have included:

  • Creating informational displays for installation within neighborhood institutions, developing a volunteer manual, designing community outreach materials, and conducting a GIS survey of potential environmental sites
  • Finalizing and executing plans for key aspects of programming for an important anniversary
  • Outreach to sponsors and coordinating logistics for an annual fundraising event
  • Researchingwriting, and supporting the organization’s advocacy agenda
  • Expanding the capacity of a program through running reports, conducting research, and coordinating meetings between agencies and donors
  • Deepening an organization’s reach in the community by planning events, identifying and engaging with partners, and developing marketing content for their newly established newsletter and podcast

Supervisors shared the following highlights at the conclusion of their summer experience:

“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.”