CORE OF SUMMER ON THE CUYAHOGA

Our mission is to recruit talented college students for summer internships and a unique immersion into the community with the ultimate goal of having graduates build networks and permanently locate in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio (NEO).

Challenging Internships

The cornerstone of the program is high-quality, 8-week, 9-week and 10-week summer internships (private, nonprofit and public). The program seeks to offer a wide range of positions in a plethora of industries that showcase the diversity of employment opportunities in Greater Cleveland. A few of our past employers include BioEnterprise, Cuyahoga Community College, DDR Corp., JumpStart, KeyBank, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. New opportunities are offered each year.

Community Events

The program sponsors a series of programs and events during the summer to enhance the students’ understanding of and experience in Greater Cleveland. Events include discussions with political and business leaders, cultural and social offerings, community service opportunities, and community connections through alumni gatherings.

Local Hosts

Students are paired with local alumni hosts to help them adjust to Cleveland, and to serve as additional connections for them to the community. Hosts can serve as role models for the students as they demonstrate the balance of work, family, organizational commitments, and civic leadership. Finally, hosts act as recruiters to help bring students back to Greater Cleveland.

Free Group Housing

To assist students and give the group a sense of cohesiveness, the program offers free housing for all SOTC interns in Fenn Tower on the campus of Cleveland State University (CSU). Group housing on the campus of CSU is available for nine weeks. Students who accept longer internships will be invited to stay with local alumni, “Homestay Families,” for their additional time in Greater Cleveland.

A Little About SOTC

Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is all about exposing the best young talent to the abundance of professional opportunities in Northeast Ohio. It’s a unique summer internship program open to students who are rising juniors, rising seniors and recent graduates and attend one of our eight partner schools: Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith, University of Chicago and Yale. The program brings together 50-70 students for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic and social offerings of the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio area. SOTC offers students challenging internships, community introductions, alumni connections, and group housing for the summer.

Driven by a collaborative effort among local alumni volunteers from the respective institutions, SOTC has attracted recognition as an effective civic development initiative. In partnership with employers and community leaders, the program showcases the region’s abundant opportunities to the student participants. The goal is to attract talented graduates for full-time positions in the region.

Over the past 15 years, SOTC has:

  • Recruited over 250 summer employers offering paid internship positions
  • Secured 850 students for internships, 75% of whom are not from the region
  • Attracted over 11,000 students as applicants
  • Resulted in over 130 students returning to Greater Cleveland for full-time positions or graduate school.

 

We welcome your support. Please explore the website and become involved!