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A Summer of Purpose

2020 marks the 21st year of the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program, which aims to connect undergraduate students and recent college graduates with meaningful professional projects at Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.

Each year, we partner with a group of nonprofit and public sector agencies that host Cleveland Foundation Summer Interns for 11 weeks over the summer. Host agencies benefit from increased capacity to conduct important short-term projects, while interns benefit from exposure to career-related work experience. It’s a win-win!

If your organization could use increased staff capacity for the summer of 2020 (Late May – August, 11 weeks of full-time service), 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 2020 Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern!

CLICK HERE to learn more, including how to apply.

Host Site Eligibility and Responsibilities

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 salary.
· Attend a mandatory orientation at the Cleveland Foundation for selected Host Sites.
· Host Sites must be located within Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga counties.

Please Note: Organizations that have hosted an intern within the last two years are not eligible to apply.

How 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.

A Few Important Dates

· October – Organizations are invited to apply to host a summer intern
· October/November/December/January – Interns are invited to apply to the program
· February/March – Interviews with top candidates are conducted
· Mid-April– Hiring decisions are made
· Late May/August – 11-week job experience for interns takes place

The Internship Host Experience

Wondering what to expect as an internship host site? Here’s what our 2018 host site representatives had to say:

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.”

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