Work in challenging paid internships during the day, and choose from a wide range of cultural, social and civic activities to fill evenings and weekends. Students enjoy the opportunity to live with peers from other participating schools while forming close ties with their own local alumnae/i networks.


Internships are the core of the summer experience in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio (NEO), and there is a plethora of them in fields such as finance, marketing, IT, urban development, education and entrepreneurship. Internship experiences are increasingly critical to the post-college job search, and many program participants have even converted their SOTC internships into full-time job opportunities in Greater Cleveland.


We at SOTC and our alumni volunteers organize a series of events to enhance your summer in Northeast Ohio. Events are planned with your interests in mind and include meetings with civic leaders, cultural, social, and community service offerings, as well as career explorations with young professionals and alumni. Since you’re working during the day, events are scheduled during evenings and weekends. While some events are mandatory, most are optional, and ALL are interesting! We expect each intern will attend at least eight (8) optional events over the course of the summer.

Alumni Hosts

You will be partnered with an adult alumni host for the summer, with the intent that the host becomes a resource regarding life after college and the possibility of a future in Cleveland. Since the host is an alumnus/alumna of your specific school, we have found that the relationship often continues beyond the summer experience. You’ll find it’s a great way to stay connected to NEO news and opportunities when you’re back at school or onto the next part of your life. For their part, the alumni enjoy the connection to current life on campus at their Alma mater.

Some events will be arranged for students and hosts together, but many hosts coordinate more frequent interaction, like a biweekly lunch.


SOTC is a residential program, and all program participants (including those from NEO) are required to live in the dorm. The accommodations are apartment-like suites, and  living together downtown as young professionals is always a highlight for the interns. Housing is subsidized by SOTC, and program participants only pay $300.

In 2018 interns will live in Fenn Tower on the campus of Cleveland State University. Fenn is conveniently located on Euclid Avenue, just minutes from downtown Cleveland. Public transportation is available in front of the building, and a grocery, pharmacy and restaurants are a short walk, drive or bus ride away. Rooms are doubles in a single-sex suite of four people. Each room is furnished with two beds, two dressers, two desks, two closets, overhead lighting, and a full bath. A privacy wall separates the bedroom space. Each suite has a small kitchen with a full refrigerator, stove top and microwave, and a common room with a couch and chairs for small group gatherings. Every room is air conditioned and has wireless internet access.

On the second floor of Fenn is a large game room with pool tables, a ping pong table, chess/checker tables, foosball games, and multiple televisions. Fenn also has a large laundry area, and fitness center in the lower level of the building. Students planning to cook in the dormitory should provide their own dishes and cooking utensils. A full oven is available in the sixth floor common area. Parking is available near the dorm for a fee, which will be waived if you agree to drive other interns to work and/or events.

Interns are issued CSU ID cards and will have access to the recreation center for a small monthly fee.