2017 Cleveland Internship Summit Highlights


Workforce continues to be an area of challenge for Northeast Ohio employers.

Businesses are seeking skilled workers who are reliable, have on-the-job experience and are committed to growing with the company. At the same time, college students in the region are learning that in today’s competitive market, real-world work experience is crucial to landing a job and advancing their careers.

The second annual Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) helped further the conversation around these workforce challenges and provided best practices in recruitment and talent development.

Keynote Speaker

Julian Earls, Ph.D., former director of NASA Glenn Research Center and executive-in-residence, Cleveland State University, was the keynote speaker at the Summit.

Breakout Sessions

  • The School/Business Partnership: Explaining the Value of All Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • The Legal Aspects of Internships: Legal Issues Employers Should Know

  • Diversity & Inclusion in Internships

  • Career Readiness: Are Today’s Students Ready for the Workforce?

  • Your Personal Brand

  • The Intern Experience from the Intern’s Perspective

Plenary Sessions

Learn from the Pros:

A panel with local employers discussed how they have engaged interns and other best practices for running a successful program. Our panelists were:

  • Laura Mizer, Director of Marketing, Good Karma Brands

  • Stephen Love, Program Officer, Cleveland Foundation

  • Sygi Berman, Human Capital Acquisition Manager, The Sherwin-Williams Company

  • Terrance Richardson, Program Manager, Cleveland Clinic Louis Stokes Internship, Cleveland Clinic

Learn from the Pros Panel

Learn from the Pros Panel


From Intern to Anchor:

The lunch plenary session featured a conversation with Sara Shookman, co-anchor, WKYC Channel 3 and GCP President Joe Roman. Sara shared her intern experiences and how they helped launch her career in broadcast journalism.