2020 Cleveland Internship Summit


Save the date for the 2020 Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, February 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corporate College East.

The Summit will bring together business community representatives and educators to discuss how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio through a range of panels and conversations.

Attendees will learn internship program best practices from local employers and discuss the value of internships for employers, students and educators.

2019 Cleveland Internship Summit Recap

Keynote Speaker

Ramona Hood   Vice President of Operations, Strategy and Planning  FedEx Custom Critical

Ramona Hood

Vice President of Operations, Strategy and Planning

FedEx Custom Critical

Ramona Hood is vice president of operations and strategy and planning at FedEx Custom Critical. Hood started her career in 1991 as a receptionist for Roberts Express, which was later purchased by FedEx, and is now known as FedEx Custom Critical. Twenty-six years later, she is an influential leader in the industry and in her community. She leads dynamically through vision, strategy development and execution.

Currently, Hood is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for FedEx Custom Critical and its third-party logistics provider, FedEx Transportation Management. She is a connected leader who is driving change, innovation, strategy and possibilities in those she leads – the company, her community and the transportation industry.

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Continuing Education

The Summit has been approved for 5 total hours of continuing education for HR professionals. The keynote presentation, plenary sessions and all breakout sessions have all been approved for one hour of continuing education each. The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Rd
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Location Details


Member: $59
Non member: $109
Table of 5 Sponsorship: $750
Table of 10 Sponsorship: $1,500

Plenary Sessions

  • Expanding from diversity to true inclusion

    Speaker: Camila Negret, PwC

    Employers today understand the value of a diverse and inclusive culture. As an employer, how do you move to the next level of discourse around diversity and inclusion that focuses on actual solutions. Learn advice, resources and examples of what you can do to truly integrate diversity and inclusion into your organizational culture.

    To view this sessions slides, please click HERE.

  • Hiring Practices and Other Ethical Dilemmas: Is Social Media Your “Friend” When Hiring?

    Speaker: James McWeeney II, Walter Haverfield

    Social media and other forms of online communication have changed the way we do business from how we communicate to our stakeholders to how we hire employees. Learn how employers can prevent legal and ethical issues when using social media to vet potential interns and employees.

Breakout Sessions

  • building Best in class internships

    Panelists: Annette Kramer, Vizion Solutions; Julie Kelly, The City Club of Cleveland; Maureen D. Pansky, Oatey
    Moderated by: Matthew Jones, Gallagher Insurance

    Building a successful internship program is possible for all organizations, regardless of size. Learn from employers who have created unique and valuable internship programs with limited time and budget.

  • Talent for Today and Tomorrow

    Panelists: Patricia Leebove, MTD Products; Jason Therrien, thunder::tech; Erin Frew, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    Moderated by: Michael Glavin, Greater Cleveland Partnership

    Finding and retaining talent continue to be top of mind for today's employers. Learn how schools and employers are being innovative in their approach to address talent challenges.

  • Building the Best with All-Inclusive Internships

    Panelists: Eric McGarvey, Summer on the Cuyahoga; Nick Aylward, Cleveland Leadership Center; Abigail Seman, Cohen & Company

    Moderated by: Dr. Sandra McKnight, Cuyahoga Community College

    As internships become more important than ever to finding, retaining, and developing top talent, companies are taking creative approaches to ensure young people have access to important professional development and civic opportunities.

  • Does Major Matter?

    Panelists: Dr. Jeff Karem, Cleveland State University; Hilary C. Hilow, Progressive; Sara Benjamin, Trimble
    Moderated by: Jessica Colombi, Cleveland State University

    Research shows that employers are looking for key skills, regardless of major when hiring talent, yet many new graduates have difficulty finding jobs outside of their undergraduate major. Learn how expanding the range of majors for entry-level positions can help you find top talent.