SOTC will be welcoming interns to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio (NEO) for the 16th year this summer. Please see below for our answers to all your questions about our program’s life-changing summer.
How do I apply to the SOTC program?
If you are a current Sophomore, Junior or Senior enrolled at Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith, or University of Chicago, you may apply for a position. Simply create a login account by clicking the Students tab above. Then you may view all positions currently available and apply to specific internship opportunities through the site. Employers (not the SOTC program) make the employment offer through the Commitment Letter. Students who are hired by the employers are admitted to the SOTC program on a first-come-first-served basis.
What is the deadline for applications?
The application period begins in November and ends in April or when all positions are filled. Employers will interview and hire interns according to their schedules. Each school has a predetermined number of spots for interns to participate in SOTC. The awarding of these positions will be on a first-come-first-served basis for the employers, and students who respond to the Commitment Letter; therefore, preference is given to early applicants and commitments. New employers may continue to post positions throughout this time frame. Check the website often for new opportunities.
What is the interview process?
Each employer will use its own interview procedures (typically by telephone) to make its final employment decision. If you have applied and have not heard from an employer after two weeks, you may email the employer to inquire about the status of your application.
How is my spot in the SOTC program confirmed?
The employer extends an offer through an Commitment Letter that is forwarded via email from SOTC. Because of the unique nature of the program, you are expected to make your decision and reply within a specified period of time, usually three business days, and your position in the program is not reserved until you respond to the Commitment Letter. The Executive Director will confirm your position in the program.
May I arrive a week late, take a vacation with my family or leave a week early?
Generally no. You are expected to move in to Fenn Tower at Cleveland State University on Saturday, June 2nd (U Chicago students, Saturday, June 9th). The program runs 9 weeks, and you will move out of the dorm on August 4th. Those students who will be working longer than 9 weeks may arrive in Cleveland prior to June 2nd, or remain in Cleveland after August 4th and will be invited to stay with local alums for their additional time in Cleveland. If your internship is less than 9 weeks, you may elect to remain in Cleveland and volunteer for a local nonprofit, or you may elect to return home, as long as your internship is complete.
You should confirm with your employer how they handle the July 4th holiday.
Will I need a car?
If you have access to a car for the summer, we strongly suggest you bring it. The job descriptions have a field where the employer will note whether or not a car is required (either for the work you’ll be doing or because the work location is not easily accessed by public transportation). It’s critical that you confirm this information with the employer during the interview process.
Even if a car is not necessary for your internship, you will find it easier to get to events if you have one. If you do not have a car however, don’t worry. The dorms at Cleveland State University are near public transportation so you can access Cleveland neighborhoods and venues by bus and rail.
In addition, if you do not have access to a car for the summer, you may have an opportunity to coordinate carpools with fellow interns to work. If this is the case, you should confirm with your employer that they are hiring multiple interns.
Who is my employer?
Each participant is an “at will” employee of the employing organization. The employers establish all issues relating to your employment. All students are expected to follow the procedures and policies of their employers. The local alumni associations who participate in and sponsor the program do not employ the students.
How will I be paid?
The employers will pay your wages to you directly, typically bi-weekly or weekly, according to their own standard policies.
As a paid summer intern, you are an employee, and subject to normal withholding procedures on your paycheck. Feel free to discuss the particulars of your pay period or withholdings with your employer.
Do I have to live in the dorm?
Yes. 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. Should you not be residing at the dorm, you may be asked to leave the program and your employer will be given the opportunity to terminate your internship.
As a participant in the SOTC program, your housing will be paid for by the program. It is because of the financial contributions of local alumni, employers, and others in the community that SOTC is able to pay for your housing and provide you with other civic, social and educational opportunities.
What are the dorms and neighborhood like?
Housing will be pre-arranged by SOTC at the campus of Cleveland State University. Students will be living in Fenn Tower.
Students will be assigned to double rooms in 4-person suites, furnished with beds, dressers, closets and desks. Each room also has a full bath. Common rooms for the suites have a couch and chairs, and each will have a kitchen with a stove top, refrigerator, and microwave.
As for other amenities, the dorm has a common area with a stove and oven. Students should bring their own kitchen items: pots, pans, dishes, glasses, etc. The building has wireless internet access, and a computer lab located on the first floor. Parking is one block from the dorm and available for a small monthly access fee. Laundry facilities, the mail room, and a fitness center are located on the lower level of Fenn Tower. The second floor has a game room with a ping pong table, several pool tables, foosball tables, chess/checker tables, and multiple televisions. Students also have access to CSU buildings, such as the recreation center, student center, and libraries.
Fenn Tower is located on Euclid Avenue and is in close proximity to the Cleveland Theatre District, the Warehouse District, and restaurants near East 4th Street and Gateway. It is also a short ride away from Ohio City, Tremont, University Circle, Little Italy, Coventry and Shaker Square.
What type of clothing will I need?
Confirm with your employer what the proper attire is for work. For most of our events, casual clothes are okay. There will be three or four professional events where you will be required to wear business attire, so be sure to bring something appropriate.
I was planning to take the LSAT this summer. Can I still do that?
Yes, there are several locations for LSAT classes and exams. You will need to make your own arrangements for this, ensuring that they do not interfere with your work schedule or other important elements of the program.
Do student interns pay a fee to participate in Summer on the Cuyahoga?
Yes. Each participant is required to pay an enrollment fee of $300, which will be due late spring. Extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Who are the sponsors of the Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) program?
The Summer on the Cuyahoga program is a collaborative effort among local alumni of seven schools. The programs are supported primarily by volunteer time and monetary contributions from alumni of the respective schools. Additional support comes from family, community and corporate foundations as well as participating employers.
Who is eligible to participate in the SOTC program?
Undergraduate students of the participating schools (see “How do I apply…”) in good standing who have at least completed their sophomore year at the start of the summer program are eligible to participate. Graduating seniors are also eligible.
Because this organization depends on the volunteer commitments of the participating local alumni groups, students of other undergraduate colleges or graduate schools are not eligible for this program, but they should visit www.Cleveland.com/Jobs or www.globalcleveland.org regarding employment opportunities.
What are the key 2018 program dates?
Upon arrangements with the employer and approval of SOTC, students may extend their 9 week internship. During their extended time in Cleveland (either at the beginning or end of the official program) they will be invited to stay with local alumni.
Travel To Cleveland
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is about 30 minutes west of campus. All major airlines operate here, but it is a hub for United Airlines. Also consider the Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK), about 50 minutes south of campus.
Amtrack has regular routes to Cleveland. The Cleveland Station is located at:
200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Cleveland, OH 44114
The Greyhound Bus Station is located at:
1465 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
The Megabus Station is located at:
2115 East 22nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
Several major interstates intersect in or near Cleveland: 80, 90, 71 and 77. Cleveland State University is located right downtown. The address of the dorm is:
1983 East 24th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
Summers in Cleveland can get hot and sometimes humid (expect low- to mid-80sF much of the summer with occasional spikes in the 90sF), but many of your offices will feel quite chilly with air conditioning. The dormitory is air conditioned.