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

Oberlin College students: Kyndelle Johnson, Claudia Baker, and Eddy Tumboken
The Oberlin College team of Kyndelle Johnson, Claudia Baker, and Eddy Tumboken took home second place medals and Rock Hall swag at the first Cleveland Non-Profit Spelling Bee Competition to help literacy in Cleveland Youth. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

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.

All second, third, fourth and fifth years are eligible to apply to the internships, but must first make an appointment on Handshake with Career Development Center advisors before submitting their applications. The program is highly competitive, and we want you to put your best foot forward!

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

Housing is arranged by SOTC and provided at NO ADDITIONAL COST. Participants live in an apartment-like dormitory in Fenn Tower on the campus of Cleveland State University. Fenn is minutes from Downtown and Uptown. Students will enjoy a double bedroom, common area and kitchen, in a four person suite.

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.