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Preprofessional Opportunities

Cleveland Foundation - Summer Internship Program


Category: Summer
Location: Cleveland Ohio
Deadline: Mid January


Applicants must meet the following qualifications: - Applicants must be a college junior or senior in fall or a graduating senior in spring - 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.


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 within Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations. Beyond an 11-week paid internship experience, interns also participate in and coordinate bi-weekly seminars that highlight the work of local nonprofit and public sector organizations, their roles within the community, and opportunities for professional development.

The program’s objectives include:

  • Increasing local organizations’ capacity to conduct important short-term projects
  • Providing a full time, paid internship opportunity ($13 per hour) and meaningful career-related work experience
  • Stimulating interest in a career in the nonprofit or public sectors
  • Exposing interns to a broad range of nonprofit/public sector organizations, leaders, and partnerships, building their first-hand knowledge of the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community and public sector endeavors