Career Exploration and Development

Summer on the Cuyahoga

Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) provides PAID internships, along with FREE housing, fun events and networking opportunities.

SOTC for Summer 2024 is now open.

All Oberlin students (including 2024 graduates) who are not enrolled in classes during the summer term are eligible to apply to the internships. Before applying, you must schedule an appointment on Handshake with one of Career Exploration & Development's Career Advisors to review your application materials. The program is highly competitive, and we want you to put your best foot forward! For more information, visit the SOTC website

APPLY on the SOTC Student Portal

Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is all about exposing the best young talent to the abundance of professional opportunities in Northeast Ohio. The program brings together 60-80 students for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic and social offerings of the Cleveland area. SOTC offers students challenging internships, community introductions, alumni connections, and free group housing for the summer.

SOTC has 4 primary components:

1. Paid Internships

Meaningful internships are the core of the summer experience in Greater Cleveland. SOTC works with 40+ employers in fields such as finance, marketing, IT, urban development, non-profits, education and entrepreneurship. Many participants have turned their SOTC internships into full-time job opportunities.

2. Events

SOTC and their alumni volunteers host 40+ events during your summer in Northeast Ohio. Events include meetings with civic leaders; cultural, social, and community service experiences; as well as career explorations with young professionals and alumni.

3. Housing

During the nine-plus weeks interns will live on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  These are suite style dormitories on campus and close to a number of attractions, food options, and public transportation.  Each student will have a bed in an apartment style suite with up to 3 additional suitemates.  Each includes a kitchen or kitchenette and minimum of two bathrooms.  The suites are air conditioned.  Each suite has complimentary Wi-Fi access, cable access, refrigerator, stove, sink, and microwave.  All SOTC students from participating schools will be in the building.

4. Networking

You will be partnered with an alumni host to help you settle in Northeast Ohio. Some events will be arranged for students and hosts together, but many hosts coordinate more frequent interaction, like a bi-weekly lunch. There are also additional opportunities fostered through events and activities with community and business leaders.