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Please join us at the 2017 Cleveland Internship Summit

02.09.17 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH 44131

Please join us at the 2017 Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, February 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, Independence. 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.

Online registration is now closed. You may register on-site at the event.

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


7:30 to 8 a.m. Registration, Networking and Breakfast

8 to 9 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address: Julian Earls, Ph.D., Executive-in-Residence, Cleveland State University, Retired Director, NASA Glenn Research Center

9 to 9:50 a.m. Plenary Session: “Learn from the Pros”

Employers of all sizes create internship programs with a high ROI and a rich learning experience for students. Learn how local employers have engaged interns and other best practices for running a successful program.

Our panelists:
  • Laura Mizer, Director of Marketing, Good Karma Brands
  • Stephen Love, Program Officer, Cleveland Foundation
  • Terrance Richardson, Program Manager, Cleveland Clinic Louis Stokes Internship, Cleveland Clinic
  • Sygi Berman, Human Capital Acquisition Manager, The Sherwin-Williams Company, moderator
10 to 10:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Student Track: “The Intern Experience from the Intern’s Perspective”

Landing an internship is becoming more important than ever for job market competitiveness. Current and former interns will share their tips and experience to help fellow students make the most out of their internship.

Our panelists:
  • Samuel Braun Development Associate, Neighborhood Family Practice
  • Khalid Ali, Program Coordinator, Neighborhood Leadership Institute
  • Allie Dumski, Legislative Aide | District 84, Ohio House of Representatives
  • Angela Finding, Director, Education and Workforce Development, Greater Cleveland Partnership, moderator
Business Track: "The School Business Partnership: Explaining the Value of All Experiential Learning Opportunities"

A renewed and re-invigorated public-private partnership is helping support the development of educational systems that prepare youth to enter the workforce.  Learn how educators and businesses are teaming up to create partnerships that provide students with real-world experience.

Our panelists:

  • Michael Sheppard, Superintendent, Berea Schools
  • Stacy Johnson, Manager, External Education, The MetroHealth System
  • Jessica Colombi, Executive Director, Career Services, Cleveland State University
  • Katrina Myers, Director, Academies of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, moderator
Business Track: “The Legal Aspects of Internships: Legal Issues Employers Should Know”

Internship programs can present some specific legal questions for employers -- what is the legal definition of an "internship"? Is an intern an employee? This legal primer will answer these questions and more.

Our speaker:
  • James McWeeney, Attorney, Walter Haverfield LLP
11 to 11:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Student Track: “Your Personal Brand”

What is a personal brand and why is it so important to finding and keeping a job? A marketing expert shares tips on how to build a positive personal brand and how to use it to get an employer's attention.

Our speaker:

  • Andy Halko, CEO, Insivia
Business Track: “Diversity & Inclusion in Internships”

Research shows that companies with greater diversity outperform their peers by a large margin. Learn from a local organization who can provide expertise on how to ensure your internship program is diverse and provide tips on how to use your internship programs as a tool for sourcing diverse talent.

Our speaker:
  • Gary Szelagowski, Assistant Vice President, Talent Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Business Track: “Career Readiness: Are Today’s Students Ready for the Workforce?”

Many employers question whether our students are entering the workforce prepared with the skills necessary to be successful. Local employers provide their perspective on talent development, training, and correcting behaviors in their internship programs.

Our panelists:

  • Peter Anagnostos, VP, Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach, MCPc
  • Amy McMullen, University Relations Lead, The Lincoln Electric Company
  • Ashley Rivera, Campus Recruiting Manager, Union Home Mortgage
  • Sandra McKnight, Executive Director, Access, Learning & Success, Cuyahoga Community College, moderator
12 to 1 p.m. - Lunch Plenary Session: “From Intern to Career”

Internships often are the foundation to a successful career. Learn how a foot-in-the-door opportunity evolved into professional success.

Our speakers:
  • Sara Shookman, Co-anchor, WKYC Channel 3
  • Joe Roman, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership, moderator


Cost: $49 for GCP members; $99 for nonmembers.
Online registration is now closed. You may register on-site at the event.


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