Join us for the 2019 Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, February 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 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.

Keynote Speaker

Ramona Hood 

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.

Plenary Sessions

Expanding From Diversity to True Inclusion: How to Truly Integrate All Into Your Organizational Culture
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 organization culture.

Is Social Media Your "Friend" When Hiring?
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
Annette Kramer, Vizion Solutions
Panelist: Julie Kelly, The City Club
Panelist: Maureen Pansky, Oatey
Moderator: 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 while leveraging their existing resources.

Talent for Today and Tomorrow
Patricia Leebove, MTD Products
Panelist: Jason Therrien, thunder::tech
Panelist: 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
Eric McGarvey, Summer on the Cuyahoga
Panelist: Nick Aylward, Cleveland Leadership Center
Panelist: 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
Dr. Jeff Karem, Cleveland State University
Panelist: Hilary C. Hilow, Progressive
Panelist: Sara Benjamin, Trimble
Moderator: 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.

Continuing Education

Conference Approval for HR
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


$59 for members
$109 for non-members


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