Student interns in Summer on the Cuyahoga represent a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, but all are committed to getting the most from their summer in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio (NEO). You will gain tremendous work experience and insight into a variety of career opportunities, and enjoy amazing cultural, social and civic engagement programming, alumni networking, and opportunities to form lifelong friendships. SOTC offers the complete summer package!

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Internships with Summer on the Cuyahoga are available for rising juniors, seniors and recent graduate students attending Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith, and University of Chicago. Current first year students are not eligible to participate.

Summer on the Cuyahoga offers internships in a wide range of fields from banking to field research. Interns in the program enjoy a number of benefits unmatched in most other internship programs:

  • Paid internships (8, 9 & 10 weeks)
  • Free housing on the campus of Cleveland State University. All students, without exception, are required to live in program-sponsored housing. You will live in suites with students from other participating schools.
  • Whirlwind experience in Greater Cleveland. Throughout the summer, enjoy a wide range of civic, cultural and social experiences, from lunch with a corporate CEO to a behind-the-scene tour at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, SOTC offers it all at little or no charge to interns. Most events have free food!
  • An alumni host connection. We pair every intern with an alumni host who will help orient you to NEO and be a “home away from home” during your stay.
  • Alumni networking. Enjoy access to your school’s alumni network in NEO and learn networking skills. Community introductions will abound.
  • A summer with students from other schools. Meet and socialize with approximately 70 students participating in the program. Explore a new job and a new city with dozens of new friends!
  • Assistance with securing full-time employment. Local alumni and the Summer on the Cuyahoga staff are prepared to assist you with seeking and securing permanent employment in Greater Cleveland upon your graduation.

Student and Employer Testimonials

Specific questions can be directed to our Executive Director, Eric McGarvey, at or 440-941-4621