The summer is a wonderful time to be in Cleveland and many community organizations host a variety of internship programs that allow students to become civically engaged by living, learning and working in the city. In the past, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning has also hosted summer service programs that enable Case Western Reserve University students to participate in summer job experiences that also make a difference in the community. Programs vary from year to year, depending on the availability of grant funding. Below are descriptions of several of the summer programs offered either by community partners or through the CCEL office.
Current CCEL Summer Programs
Engineering Education Summer Outreach Program
Thanks to the generous support of the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning has supported 4-6 undergraduate students to serve in full-time, paid summer internships through the Engineering Education Summer Outreach program.
This summer program expands access to engineering education by matching CWRU undergraduate students with summer youth programs in the Greater Cleveland community. While serving at these summer programs, CWRU students design and implement engineering classes with youth enrolled in the programs. Students also act as STEM role models encouraging youth to explore STEM fields and pursue higher education. Throughout the program, CWRU student interns also have the opportunity to build their civic awareness and leadership skills through professional development seminars.
Visit the Engineering Education Summer Outreach program website for more information about the program and application process for CWRU students.
Community summer programs
Summer on the Cuyahoga
Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is a unique summer internship program open to students of Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Smith, University of Chicago and Yale. The program brings together 50-60 students for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic, and social offerings of the Cleveland area. SOTC offers current sophomores, juniors and seniors challenging internships, community introductions, alumni connections, and group housing for the summer. For more information on available internships possibilities, visit their website.
Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program
Since 1999, the Cleveland Foundation has conducted a summer internship program that provides undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates an opportunity to work for 11 weeks in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Candidates must be a college junior or senior in fall of the current year, a graduate student, or a recent college graduate. If not a student of a local college or university, applicants must be residents of Greater Cleveland. For more information about this program visit their website.
Hillel Foundation Summer Internship Program
Cleveland Hillel Foundation Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work for eight weeks in Cleveland-area businesses and nonprofit organizations. Interns work in supervised paid placements in area businesses and organizations. Assignment is made on the basis of agency need and the individual student's interest or qualification. Cleveland Hillel Foundation is not responsible for housing or transportation. Applicants must be Jewish undergraduates (18-22 years old) who have completed one year of college, and will be a college sophomores, juniors, or seniors. For more information, visit the Cleveland Hillel Foundation website.
Past CCEL Summer Programs
AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning has been a host for two AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate positions to build capacity for the local food movement, community gardening, and healthy eating programs in Cleveland. VISTAs served with the University Farm's sustainable food program, the Cleveland Botanical Garden's Green Corps program, the Refugee Response farm, and Cleveland Crops, a job-training initiative coordinated by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The two VISTAs were involved in a wide-range of community gardening activities: planting, weeding, harvesting, working in greenhouses, working with local communities, working with other farm staff including employees with disabilities, staffing neighborhood farm stands and extending the ability of farm stands to provide access to healthy foods. Visit the VISTA page for additional details.
The Civic Engagement Summer Fellows Program
The Civic Engagement Summer Fellows Program providesd an intensive, full-time summer service learning opportunity for Case Western Reserve University undergraduates. Students worked with Cleveland area non-profit organizations while learning about sense of place and community issues. Fellows served at organizations such as Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, Cleveland Reads, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and The Intergenerational School. Each fellow developed a final fellowship project that explores a particular community-related issue in Cleveland. The CCEL Fellows program is now an academic spring semester program for first-year students
Case AmeriCorps Program
During 1996-2005, the office hosted an AmeriCorps program, providing students with intense community service opportunities. AmeriCorps members designed and taught lessons in the areas of health, technology, arts, literacy, and environmental education at local community centers, libraries, and schools.
Through this national service program, more than 175 Case students contributed tens of thousands of hours to the greater Cleveland community, taught thousands of urban children, and partnered with over 50 local community organizations.
While CCEL has reached the time limit set by the Corporation for National and Community Service for hosting an AmeriCorps program, we remain grateful for the funding that provided such unique service opportunities for Case students and community partners.
AmeriCorps, often referred to as the "domestic Peace Corps," has programs throughout the United States. The program connects more than 70,000 a.m.ericans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
To learn how you can become an AmeriCorps member and participate in national service now or after graduation, visit their website for additional information.