Internships That Strengthen the Sector

Challenge

Find a way to combat brain drain and attract new talent to Cleveland’s nonprofit sector

Approach

Create a dynamic, high-quality nonprofit internship program for local college students

Investment

$95,000 per year to support 17 interns, plus staff time for intern selection and mentoring

Result

180 college students who have discovered ways to work or volunteer in Cleveland’s nonprofit community

Players

Cleveland Foundation, Buckeye Area Development Corporation

Why Invest in Recruitment?

“Through this program, we’ve seen a new network of leaders emerging. Each cohort develops one. Folks who’ve never considered the nonprofit world are really considering it—as workers, volunteers, donors and board members.”

— Nelson Beckford, Cleveland Foundation

Download the Generating Change: RECRUITMENT case study (748k).

In the spring of 2009, Stephen Love was a junior in college. He was working on a degree in political science and international relations and had recently returned from a semester in Mexico to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. It was time to find a summer job.

“I had no ‘outside-the-ivory-tower’ experience in any professional setting,” he recalls. “I wanted to experience something different and find a career path.” Back at Baldwin Wallace University, he learned about the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program, which places college students at area nonprofits for 12-week internships. “I wasn’t familiar with the nonprofit sector in Cleveland and thought it would be a great experience.”

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Lessons learned

 

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