Summer in the City Internship Program

Program Dates
Summer in the City is a ten week internship and seminar from June 2, 2014 to August 8, 2014. See the syllabus for more information.
Who should apply?
  • Students who attend college outside of Cleveland, are home for the summer, and want to earn credit that transfers to their schools

  • CSU students who want to earn credit during the summer while spending most of their time out of the classroom

  • Anyone interested in an internship to learn more about urban America

How does the program work?

The program provides an opportunity to learn how urban organizations operate, including their programmatic approaches, the role of the board and staff, how the organization defines and carries out its mission and how it funds programs. In addition, the students will be involved in one or more projects that assist the organization in accomplishing its mission.

Students will be assigned to an urban organization based on their interest and the requirements of the organization. See the program guidelines for information on the placement process.They will spend 27 hours a week at the organization (all day Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and half a day on Wednesday morning) for ten weeks.

On Wednesday afternoons, students will gather for a 2 and 1/2 hour seminar to reflect on the week's activities and discuss the context of their work.  The seminar will focus on urban issues impacting the organization and development in Cleveland and will include a neighborhood tour and presentations by community leaders and Levin College of Urban Affairs faculty and staff..


This year, Summer in the City will provide participants a two thousand dollar ($2,000) stipend. The stipend will be paid at the successful completion of the program. The stipend is being provided by the participating organizations and the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs.


Students will register for the course UST490, Urban Internship. The tuition for this course is $1,574.80 ($393.70 per credit hour).  If your college or university does not have four credit courses and the curriculum is based on three credit courses, then you may petition to take this as a three credit course. Check the appropriate box on the application.  

Transportation and Housing

Students will be responsible for their own transportation to their placement organization and to CSU for the weekly seminar. Housing is not provided as part of the program; however, there are dormitory rooms available on campus to rent. For more information about dorm options, contact Residence Life at 687-5196 ( or Katie Byrne at

Information for Organizations

Attention Nonprofit and Urban Organizations: If you are intersted in hosting an internship please refer to the program information and organization internship application.


For more information contact:

Phil Star, J.D., Urban Development Internship Coordinator
Phone: 216.687.2241

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    Mailing Address
    Cleveland State University
    2121 Euclid Avenue, UR 205
    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
    Campus Location
    Urban Building, Room 205
    1717 Euclid Avenue

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