Invest in Cleveland's future - your interns!

What is (i)Cleveland? (i)Cleveland is a six-week summer program that develops, attracts and retains the next generation of Cleveland’s leaders by connecting college interns to Greater Cleveland’s vast cultural, community and leadership resources.

  • Weekly after-work sessions: Interns explore new neighborhoods, meet community leaders who are advancing the region, and learn what Cleveland’s civic, social and recreational scenes have to offer. One session includes a scavenger hunt in downtown Cleveland, and another includes an afternoon of community service.
  • Power lunches: Interns attend at least two small-group Power Lunches where they have the opportunity to gain an insider’s perspective on careers in and around Cleveland from leaders at corporate, non-profit and civic organizations.
  • Young professional mentors: Every intern is assigned a summer mentor for an authentic look at life as a young professional in Cleveland. (i)Cleveland mentors provide career and personal guidance, and welcome interns to join them in their activities and community involvements.


Who is in (i)Cleveland? Up to 150 young adults, average ages 19 to 22. Any college student interning in Northeast Ohio is eligible. Most participants are sponsored by their employers. (i)Cleveland interns have represented companies across Northeast Ohio. To see last year's participating employers, click HERE.


How much time does (i)Cleveland take? Summer 2016 kicks off June 15 and the program concludes July 27.  Five sessions, including a scavenger hunt in downtown Cleveland, and another includes an afternoon of community service, make up the schedule. (i)Cleveland 2016 dates are below. There are two tracks to accommodate all interns. Interns attend one session per week.

  • Session 1: (i)Cleveland Kick-Off and Orientation, sponsored by Quicken Loans
    • Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
    • Location: House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH, 44114
  • Session 2: Vibrant CLE-Arts, Culture and Creative Economy  
    • Date: Tuesday, June 21 or Thursday, June 23, 2016
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  
    • Location: TBD
  • Session 3: Go see CLE-Downtown Exploration (scavenger hunt) 
    • Date: Tuesday, June 28 or Thursday, June 30, 2016
    • Time: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  
    • Location: Oswald Centre, 1100 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Session 4: Day of Service at Red Line Greenway (other sites TBD)
    • Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location:  TBD
  • Session 5: CLE Neighborhoods 
    • Date: Tuesday, July 19 or Thursday, July 21, 2016
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
    • Location:  Near West Theatre,  6702 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 
  • Session 6: (i)Cleveland Commencement
    • Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Location: TBD


What will employers gain from the program?

  • Increased visibility for your organization among prominent business and civic leaders.
  • A stronger experience for your interns which will reflect positively on your organization.
  • An investment in your interns and our community.


What will interns gain from the program?

  • Unparalleled networking with business and community leaders, fellow CLE interns and young professionals in the region.
  • Behind-the-scenes immersion into Cleveland’s civic, social and business sectors.
  • A working knowledge of Cleveland’s economic, cultural and leadership resources.
  • An unforgettable internship experience they will share with their networks at home and school.


How much does (i)Cleveland cost? Tuition is $250 per intern, payable at the time of registration or by June 1.


How do I register or reserve spots for interns? The deadline to register is June 1; however, we anticipate that the program will fill earlier than the deadline. You are able to add or remove spots up to June 1 or until the program is filled. Intern information will be collected in early June. No intern information is needed at this time for reserved or confirmed spots.


Please contact Program Director, Jill Pecoraro with any questions – or 216.592.2226