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InternCLE Episode 064 - The Greater Cleveland Film Commission Mike Wendt and Maria Rouzzo joined me this week to talk about the Film industry and the opportunities the Greater Cleveland Film Commission connects its interns to.  I did not know much about the industry itself and this interview opened my eyes to the ins and outs of Film in Cleveland.   Mike shared that there is a tight family like feel to film production.  That the film industry uses a mentorship approach to bring people into, connect people and grow them in this unique field.  While currently forced to go remote, the GCFC year-round internship experience is a strong connector to the Film industry for students and adults alike, looking to gain entry.  In a non-COVID year, interns help Mike scout locations for films, help maintain databases that are used to catalog resources or support grant writing initiatives, get creative themselves coming up with promo videos or blog contributions, and so much more. Here is more information about the GCFC Internship/Shadowing Program: All seasons are tentative for now, but they are always accepting applications! Apply by filling out this form. You can read more about GCFC's internship program at this link. Keep in mind we cannot guarantee any access to any current productions that are filming.  Please contact EA/Office Manager Maria Rouzzo with any questions: GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt -  Stay up to date on jobs, workshops, events and other film/media production opportunities: Sign up for the GCFC newsletter!Keep an eye on our website under ‘Jobs & Training’ > ‘Current Opportunities’ and ‘Workshops’Check out our online training program, FilmSkillsLike and follow us on FACEBOOK, follow us on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM In the show we referenced the Greater Cleveland Sports Commissions interview on the podcast – you can find that episode here: Around TownDon’t forget to register for the Ohio Cooperative Education Association’s annual conference May 27-28th.  OCEA Conference -
Oswald Companies Abigail Lewis &  Zoe Brown Founded in 1893, Cleveland-based, and employee-owned, Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage and risk management firms.The insurance industry is a growing industry with many opportunities.  The insurance industry is often overlooked by students, but there are opportunities for all majors at companies like Oswald.  To learn more about careers with Oswald check out their website here.Part of the mission of the Oswald internship program is to educate students on the insurance industry.  Abby and Zoe intentionally planned their internship program for 18 months before it launched.  They used some of the framework laid out in the Talent Management Workshop and Book (see our interview with Dr. Shindell in episode 47 ) by Robert Shindell, a Cleveland Native who now lives in Texas.  The interview process for the internship is thorough/tough and seeks to help the student understand the industry as well.  Oswald uses a syllabus type approach to planning for the summer internship.  They recognize students different learning styles provides a comprehensive learning environment at this employee-owned organization.  Students have a liaison and mentor assigned to them to keep them on track and assign them work.  They also have ambassadors within the organization that act to help students get socially engaged in the organization.  The senior leadership team at Oswald meets with the interns as well, and truly support the program. This was the first year of the Oswald program as a standard program.  They launched it during a pandemic!  10 interns joined them this summer and they have hired at least 5 with some offers pending. Not all were eligible for full time hire but may be eligible to return as an intern.   There are already 10 interns signed up for their 2021 summer program.  Their hard work and preparation paid off with a very successful remote internship program.  Students with initiative and an entrepreneurial spirit lines up well with the employee-owned company, Oswald.  Zoe “…the spirit of being a go-getter…”The interns provided feedback on this year’s program and Zoe and Abby used that to tweak the 2021 program.   Here are some of the resources that this great team is looking at or has used to make their program Rock!ResourcesCIAB – Internship school a Crash Course - WayUp Internship Awards - OCEA Conference - May 27-28th - Register here 
Trimble – Careers Page, Students and Graduates PageGuests - Natalie Ruggiero – People Experience (PX/HR) GeneralistTashley Hatton – US Internship & Diversity ProgramsFrom the website: "Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.Trimble solutions are used in over 150 countries around the world. Employees located in more than 40 countries, coupled with a highly capable network of dealers and distribution partners, serve and support our customers.For over 40 years, Trimble has created unique solutions that help customers grow their business. With over 2,000 worldwide patents as well as research and development centers in more than 15 countries, Trimble augments its organic product development with strategic acquisitions to bring the latest technologies to a wider market."PX – People Experience – Trimble made the switch to People Experience to put a focus on the strategy and human element of HR.  Trimble is looking to use technology to automate the more transactional components of a typical HR team to allow the freed up time to improve the strategy and the way they support the Trimble team. The Trimble interns went remote last year and will be remote again this summer.  Many are returning and some have remained working during the school year.  Trimble employees are passionate about their work.  Trimble offers a buddy system to their interns, in addition to professional development opportunities.  The PX team listens to the feedback interns provide and make changes accordingly to stay relevant.  They have noticed an uptick in competition for top students.  Students are successful at Trimble if they work hard and communicate well. In this episode we also mentioned episode 43 where we interviewed Scott O’Con of Tours of Cleveland.  While Tashley has never visited our beautiful city, she has heard many great things about the region and Ohio in general.  We will have to get her into town to show her all the great things our region has to offer.  OCEA Conference - click here to register Sarrough – Human Resource SpecialistBrian Smith - Manager, Talent Acquisition & Campus RecruitingAvient is a fast-paced global environment.  Avient is locally located in Avon Lake, Ohio.  They have several other global locations.  Avient offers internships, co-ops and full-time positions to college students. On their company:“Avient exists to conquer challenges and unlock the potential of innovation and sustainability everywhere on earth. Working together, we connect exceptional people, ideas, and science to create specialized and sustainable materials that enhance performance and protect the environment. With a commitment to tenacious problem-solving and unwavering service, we enable customers to transform their visions into products that improve quality of life in meaningful, dynamic ways.”Their products include: Polymer Distribution, Screen Printing Inks, Advanced Composites, Engineered Polymer Formulations, Printing and Marking Inks, Polymer Additives, Polymer Colorants, Thermoplastic Elastomers, In-Vivo Formulations for Healthcare, Vinyl Formulations, Fiber Solutions and more. On their culture: “We improve lives all over the world by solving complex material science challenges. To do this, it takes thousands of people who possess diverse talents and a common goal: working together to create a better future. This spirit of inclusive collaboration can be felt throughout our businesses. It drives the innovation that earns us leadership positions in the markets we serve and colors the respect we show each other every day.We move fast. We have to. Being first to market is important to our clients. But we take pride in being more than just fast. We want to be best. That’s why we take care of our team by rewarding their commitment to quality and performance. And, it’s why we choose to focus on employee quality of life as well as quality of product.” To apply : 
InternCLE Episode 060 The Cleveland Museum of Art Key Jo Lee – Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Curator of Special ProjectsHannah Hilditch – Academic Programs CoordinatorCMA currently offers several ways to learn experientially at the museum.  Visit their website for updates on their programs and to apply: Student Guide ProgramThe CMA Undergraduate Student Guide Program is an experiential training internship that enables college students to engage museum audiences by designing tours, guiding close-looking, presenting in educational videos and virtual programs, and researching and writing art history. As a CMA Student Guide, you will have the opportunity to explore the CMA’s permanent collection, deepen your knowledge of art history, and gain public speaking and writing skills. Additionally, Student Guides contribute to numerous educational projects across museum departments, so every year offers guides new challenges and exciting ways to share their skills and interests with CMA audiences. To apply, you must be:  A first, second, or third-year undergraduate of any major, enrolled full time. Eligible to work in the U.S. From an underrepresented minority group, A first-generation college student,   Receiving significant financial aid.General (academic year, summer)The CMA offers a variety of internships during the summer and fall and spring semesters. Undergraduate internships are offered in the following departments: curatorial, public and academic engagement, conservation, human resources, philanthropy, collections management, and visitor services. As of the Fall of 2020, all internships are funded.Warshawsky +Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) Fellowships (academic year, summer)The CMA is pleased to introduce the combined Warshawsky fellowship and the SOTC experience.  This means that fellowship recipients will receive a US$3000 stipend, free dormitory housing, and unique immersion into the community with the ultimate goal of having fellows build networks permanently located in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.  Head to the website to learn more. Arts Intern (summer only)The CMA partners with the Studio Institute's Arts Intern program to offer paid summer internships for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.  You must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2020 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior. Attend college in Cleveland, or live within Cleveland or the boundary established by the Inner Ring Suburbs.  Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000 (listed on your FAFSA).  The blog referenced in the show that the CMA Student Guides are contributing to can be found here: Thank you to Angela Finding and the GCP team! I enjoyed being a facilitator of a round table session at the 2021 GCP Internship Summit!  It was a great event, don't miss it next year!
The Cleveland Foundation has been around since 1914 and was the first of its kind in the nation.  Their internship program has been around for many years as well and today we hear about how they contribute to the growth and awareness of careers in the non-profit and philanthropic sector.  Monica Brown - Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, Stephanie Molnar - Program Officer, Leadership Development and Diona James – student at Case Western Reserve and 2nd time intern join me for the show.  We learn that the Cleveland Foundation runs their own internal program and they also act as a clearing house to provide internships in the region in the non-profit, government and philanthropic areas.  Students, like Diona,  get exposed to careers they may otherwise have not discovered at your average college career fair.  All internships are based on completing real-world projects – no making copies here.  Diona has even gotten to experience the behind the scenes of running an internship in her 2nd internship with the Foundation.   For more information on how to connect with the foundation on these internship programs, see the student resources section of their website and specifically the summer internship option. Around Town – The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Summit brings 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. At this year’s Cleveland Internship Summit, there is an incredible lineup of speakers and sessions designed to provide you with the tools to understand and strengthen your employer brand and strategize early talent recruitment during a global crisis. You can also learn how to move beyond inclusion policies and embrace a true commitment to diversity and inclusion.Attendees will have the opportunity participate in roundtable sessions where you can interact with others, share your internship program wins and challenges, ask for expert guidance, understand what works in a virtual world, and understand recruiting with intent.All of this knowledge and discussion will be hosted in a virtual venue on February 24, 2021. The Cleveland Internship Summit is approved for HRCI continuing education credits. To register, please visit Have an idea for the show? Know a company or intern that would make a great interview? Interested in becoming a guest blogger? Contact us at For more information about the consulting services offered by InternCLE - got to the website
InternCLE Episode 058 Progressive Gabriel De Leon – University Relations Program Manager & Jane Shaw – IT Manager Media Links: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube Progressive is a household name in Cleveland, specifically in Mayfield Village.  They employ about 43,000 across the company with over 10,000 here in the region. Progressive is truly a technology company that likes to sell insurance. Hire about 80 interns a year, mostly In Accounting and STEM area.  They hire from colleges across the region and beyond.  Progressive hires out of their internship program. IT Interns are assigned real life project and are paired up with a mentor.  The mentor helps them acclimate to the company and provides them challenging work opportunities.  The interns also have a side project, this is a business project to work on with other interns a couple of hours a week as an added challenge. Progressive does round tables, lunch and learns and art tours of the building to get interns together and connected.  Progressive understands the value of art when it comes to connecting people, generating conversations and creative inspiration.  The Progressive team goes out of their way to introduce the interns to Cleveland.  From baseball games, hiking in the Metroparks and touring on Lolly the Trolley are examples of past events Progressive has executed for the interns.  This year, they had Linked In provide programming for the interns virtually.  At the end of the summer, Progressive sent all their interns a “Cleveland” Care package. Technologies mentioned on the show – Angular - Angular is a platform and framework for building single-page client applications using HTML and TypeScript. Angular is written in TypeScript.  .Net -  - .NET is a free, cross-platform, open source developer platform for building many different types of applications. AWS - Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Object Oriented - Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm based on the concept of "objects", which can contain data and code: data in the form of fields, and code, in the form of procedures.Around Town The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Summit brings 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.  The virtual event will be held on February 24, 2021.  To register, please visit Special thanks to Jessica Colombi for the introduction to this amazing Internship team! Jessica is the Executive Director of Career Services at Cleveland State – to learn more about what Cleveland State is doing in the internship space listen to her interview on the podcast here. 
Our guest this week on the show is Hani Kayyali – President & CEO of CleveMed - their website – Mr. Kayyali has over 25 years medical device experience. Mr. Kayyali has been president of CleveMed since 2005. He successfully transitioned the company from a research firm to a fast growing company … As a result, CleveMed developed a wide array of sleep products and web-based solutions that are leading the market with consistent double digit growth rates.Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. is leading the way in services and devices for portable sleep disorders testing. From monitors for home sleep apnea testing to full polysomnography (PSG), to fulfillment services directly to patients’ homes (SleepView Direct), we aim to improve the delivery of care and expand the reach of sleep medicine. Our web-based services and devices meet clinical guidelines for sleep apnea testing, are easy for patients to use, streamline operations for healthcare providers, and offer-cost efficient solutions for payers.The pandemic shifted the business of sleep testing more toward home testing.  CleveMed has almost quadrupled the size of their business in the past 10-11 months.  CleveMed is an almost 40 person company with about 15 of those being interns right now.  Hani expressed that his biggest concern during the pandemic is that his team and their interns have stayed healthy.  Interns are important to CleveMed for 2 reasons.  First, staff augmentation during their rapid growth has been one reason for having interns on the team.  The second reason CleveMed employs interns, is to provide valuable work experience to students.  Throughout our discussion, Hani’s passion for giving back in this way was evident. “It’s a win-win situation” – HaniCleveMed typically hires about 5 or 6 interns at any one time.  There are 15 interns now, given their growth.  Interns work for a long time, often over a year.  In order for students to work for an extended period Hani focuses on hiring local and working around student’s college course schedule.  Students in health sciences and engineering are the most common internship majors on the team.  The engineering students help make the monitors and test them.   On the health sciences side, interns speak with patients and help schedule sleep tests.  Communications skills are important. “Be kind to patients” – the driving guideline for everything CleveMed does. One of the interns helped redesign the manufacturing floor layout in order to handle spacing requirements for COVID.  This was an example of the way CleveMed encourages interns to help out, speak up and bring their ideas to the table. CleveMed does hire heavily from Cleveland State University because of proximity and due to the quality of the students they have been able to find there.  Certainly, CleveMed hires from other universities as well, but they have been very pleased with their CSU students.  I enjoyed our discussion, because we were able to talk honestly about the challenges small businesses have with internships.   Often small businesses have difficulty with paying competitive wages.  Another challenge we discussed was the distraction of social media and cell phones. “The interns help create the internship program” – Hani  For Hani, the most rewarding thing about the program is when the CleveMed internship contributes to a student landing their first job or getting into graduate school. Hani’s favorite places in Cleveland – the Atrium in the Art Museum and the Winking Lizard restaurant.To learn more about internships at CleveMed – you can reach out to Hani and his team via email at – or call 877-CLEVEMED 
It's not often you learn so much about an industry from one of our podcast interviews.  If you don't know much about the manufacturing automation space, this interview is for you!  Rovisys is a local (headquartered in Aurora, Ohio) engineering consulting firm.  Kyle Heyward is the Talent Acquisition Manager for Rovisys.  Kyle's background gives him a unique perspective into the hiring of talent for the internship program.  Rovisys offers engineering internship and co-ops.  Typically they employ between 40-50 interns a year.  The current pandemic hasn't changed the way they work as much as you would think.  They work with essential manufacturers and are themselves considered an essential business.   They are of course putting in extra safety precautions for their team members. Kyle shared with us that a passion for the industry is a good start to being qualified for an internship at Rovisys.  But you better do your homework on the company and bring some professional skills to match your technical acumen.   Rovisys provides a very hands on internship experience and retains upwards of 85% of its interns.  Employers will enjoy Kyle's thoughts on making time for exit interviews and following up on the takeaways from them.   The feedback from interns guides how Rovisys runs their program.  To connect with Rovisys check out their website or LinkedIn pages: Town:Congratulations to Matt Sajna and the team at the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. GCSC won the 2019 Sports Commission of the Year Award from the Sports Event and Tourism Association. Matt Sajna shared the GCSC's internship program on Episode 44 of the podcast. Listen here.I am thankful for a trip down to the Mohican State Park and Lodge this week with my son.  Check out their deals here. 
InternCLE Episode 055 - Cleveland State University's Career Services - Executive Director Jessica ColombiJessica and I met through the Greater Cleveland Partnership's (GCP) Internship roundtables.  Her openness throughout the current pandemic about the struggles of serving students remotely showed me her passion for her job.  Today we discussed the purpose.   Over her 7 years at Cleveland State Jessica has formed her thoughts on how to best service students and employers, ending up as the Director of Career Services.  We discuss the misnomer that the name of her department implies and what changes she sees are necessary to add value for students, employers and faculty.  Her creative use of tag lines like "Internships are like broccoli (they're good for you)!" show a commitment to rebranding the image of Career services.  Jessica's passionate and creative approach enhances Cleveland Sate's ability to weather the storms of student engagement, pandemics and rising unemployment rates.  Student "walk in Wednesdays" went virtual during the pandemic and every Thursday students can dive deep into a professional development topic co-hosted by Career Services and an employer in the region.  Employers have many ways to engage with students to "Hire a Vike"  and connect to talent for their internship program.  CSU even recognized employers may need resources to run their internships and have created an internship toolkit.  Jessica stressed the important of AND/BOTH thinking.  The concept of not tradeoffs but how do you add more to service more is serving her students and employers well.  When asked to provide advice for students Jessica simply shared "Be yourself" and "Practice, Practice, Practice" .  Knowing your story is such great advice because truly, you are the only you.  Practice your story, practice working, use school projects as practice. Student &  Employer Resources - What Can I do Right Now Fall 2020 - (Great resources for students across the region not just at CSU!)Employers - Remote Internship Guide - Viking Resources library (houses all of our content for FREE! 24/7!): Media - CSU shares more than just events for students, their are stories, tips, links to articles.  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest: CSU_Careers     
InternCLE Episode  054 Lavish Color Salon Tracey Watts CirinoWWW.LAVISHCOLORSALON.COM About Lavish Color Salon:Lavish Color Salon is a full-service salon here in Northeast Ohio.  Tracey noted that she always wanted the experience at her salon to be top notch in addition to extraordinary cut and color skills.   The salon was recently honored by Salon Today.  Culture is key in their hiring process and Tracey provides her team members with training and development.   About the internship experience:Interns at Lavish can come from high school cosmetology programs or through an associate program for those that have just received their license.  Tracey noted that most programs do not provide enough training on soft skills, confidence, or business skills.  Tracey supplements their technical training to address the gaps.  Training for interns at Lavish includes books (Tracey wrote her own on the topic of professional skills – Beyond Common see her website to learn more -, manuals, video training, in person training and mentoring.  Successful interns at Lavish must be willing – to learn, to serve and to work hard. To source interns for the business side of her salon, she has partnered with local colleges to source marketing and administrative roles.  Tracey is looking for ways to standardize her hiring and internship program.  Tracey is well connected in her industry and looks to give back to other business owners.  She is even creating workshops for business owners. Virtual Results Training Workshop for the Beyond Common Business Owner Coming up on Monday Oct 12th.  Here is the link- Here are the details: Event Date & Time: Monday October 12th from 11 am - 2 pm ESTHosted via ZoomSmall Business Results Panel Featuring: Tracey Watts Cirino, Anjua Maximo, Tina Black & Lisa Crilley MallisHardcover Copy of Beyond Common "12 Essentials to Success in Life and the Workplace"Downloadable Success Tracking WorkbookHow to connect or follow Tracey or the Salon – WWW.TRACEYWATTSCIRINO.COM  Email - BEYONDCOMMON@TRACEYWATTSCIRINO.COM FACEBOOK.COM/TRACEYWATTSCIRINOFACEBOOK.COM/LAVISHCOLORSALON INSTAGRAM.COM/TRACEYWATTSCIRINO/INSTAGRAM.COM/LAVISHCOLORSALON YOUTUBE.COM/TRACEYWATTSCIRINO YOUTUBE.COM/LAVISHCOLORSALON TWITTER.COM/LAVISHCOLOR   
Tune in to hear our own Annette Kramer share her thoughts and experiences from her first week of Virtual Career Fairs.  We are all doing the best we can and now more than ever, sharing our experiences will help us all get through these unprecedented times.  Around Town:InternCLE is looking for guest bloggers, reach out to pitch your idea for a guest blog spot on the website.  Click here to contact us. Gratitude:Annette thanks the Miami University and Ohio University career services teams, professors and department heads for connecting Vizion360 to students and working so hard to make these virtual career fairs a success. 
InternCLE Episode 052 – North East Ohio Regional Sewer District - guests on the show today included four representatives from the NEORSD Talent team.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Laura and the team.  NEORSD plays such a critical role in our community, it was exciting to hear about the variety of experiences they offer in their internship program. ·         Patrick Gibboney – Employee Branding & Talent Programs Specialist  - the “Cool RA” of the team – listen to learn more about how Patrick engages the interns and makes them feel a part of the team·         Laura Paul – HR lead – provides great overviews of NEORSD and how they have structured the internship program ·         Vanessa Fleming – Talent Acquisition & Employment Specialist at Northeast Ohio  - Is new to the team, just joined during the pandemic·         MacKenzie Dietzel – Talent Acquisition & Employment Specialist at Northeast Ohio - Was an intern herself with NEORSD – shares her experiences as an intern and hiring into the organizationNorth East Ohio Regional Sewer District – Mission and ValuesOur mission is to provide progressive management of sewage and stormwater through fiscal responsibility, innovation, and community partnerships.Our vision is to be the environmental leader in enhancing quality of life in the region and protecting its water resources. provides year-round internship opportunities, as well as summer internship experiences.  From our discussion it became very apparent that NEORSD really encourages interns to take initiative, try new things and truly contribute.  This is not a case study type internship program; this is real hands on work and learning.  NEORSD does hire frequently directly from their internship program. B-STEM InternsB-STEM (referring to Business Support, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Interns require advanced placement high school courses or Associate/Bachelor degree coursework, since these individuals apply their knowledge to practical work in a professional setting.Paraprofessional InternsParaprofessional Interns must be at least of junior or senior status in a Bachelor degree program as these individuals apply their areas of expertise to perform strategic, higher level tasks.Patrick and MacKenzie stressed, interns should take the initiative if they want to make the most of their internship program. Current Job Openings -
Tune into a Bonus Episode this week as the InternCLE podcast takes a vacation.  OK, well I took a vacation and this podcast highlights a future podcast star, Dylan the Dogman Kramer. Enjoy!
InternCLE Episode 049 – Lorain County Community College Train OH and MEMSCourtney Tenhover – Program Developer in Workforce Development - ctenhover@lorainccc.eduJohnny Vanderford – Director and Associate Professor for MEMS and Microelectronics - jvanderford@lorainccc.edu          This site provides an overview of our earn and learn program and provides links to all the programs we currently offer earn and learn programs in.          This will give information about the Associate and Bachelor Degree for MEMS and will provide the link for anyone to register for any upcoming information sessions. -          The Next Info session will be on August 14th. Click here to register for the virtual info session - Some Local companies that have partnered with LCCC include: Smart Micro Systems ( , Vexos ( , RBB Systems ( , Libra Industries ( Click here to read stories about successful MEMS students - More about Lorain County Community College ( in 1963, Lorain County Community College has been helping local people get the training and education they need to live their best life for more than 50 years. Whether your goal is an associate degree, additional workforce training or an advanced degree, we have a program to meet your needs.LCCC is proud to serve as a cornerstone for Lorain County. The College provides the opportunity for students to complete:Bachelor’s degreeAssociate degreesShort-term certificatesWorkforce trainingThrough LCCC’s University Partnership, you can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from 14 Ohio universities and colleges. We are also the first community college in Ohio to offer its own bachelor’s degree. LCCC keeps tuition low – currently second lowest tuition in Ohio – so you can graduate with the skills you need for employment – and not a lot of debt.As a result of our ongoing commitment to our students, LCCC was named the top community college in the country for Excellence in Student Success by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).LCCC YouTube Channel -
InternCLE Episode 049 2020 Internships from the Employer PerspectiveWe got together four employers who typically run summer internships to get their perspective on running internships during the pandemic.  I know talking with other professionals helped me get through this crazy time, and I hope this episode helps you as well. Featured companies: Swagelok – RegisterSwagelok’s internship/co-op program was featured on the podcast in Episode #13 ( and interns went remoteReduced number of interns to prove out the modelLooking at how they can transfer what they learned for future work and internshipsVizion360 – Alyssa AngelettiVizion’s internship program was featured on the podcast in Episode #1 ( onboarding and mixed experience internship – shorted timeline and hours per weekUnion Home Mortgage – Kristen OroszTwitter @UnionHomeMtg  UHM’s internship program was featured on the podcast in Episode #2 ( and internship went remoteUsed interns to man a COVID customer service hotlineNortheast Ohio Sewer District – GibboneyTypical internship is a year longUp to 70 interns over the yearDelayed their internship start 
This week on the InternCLE podcast (, we hear from 5 interns about how their summer was impacted by the current pandemic. The Interns of the Vizion360 Connect! Internship program are Breanna Garan, Heather Thompson, Kieran Papalia, Madeline Hiros and Taylor Nowak.  The program coordinator for Connect! is Alyssa Angeletti.  Breanna shares how her existing internship went remote. Heather, Kieran, Madeline and Taylor share their thoughts on waiting to hear if they would still have an internship, remote onboarding and so much more.If you would like to understand what the Vizion360 Connect! Summer internship program is like in non-pandemic years - tune into Episode #1 of the podcast as Alyssa Angeletti shares the Vizion360 (formerly branded as Vizion Solutions) story. ( soon on the show. I have asked a panel of employers to share their experiences this summer trying to manage an internship program in a crisis. We will hear about internships being delayed, going remote and so much more.Around Town:The Cleveland Plain Dealer just announced the Top Work Places awards for 2020. Several of these companies have been highlighted on our show:▪ | Congratulations to Union Home Mortgage Episode #2 - (▪ | Congratulations To Hyland Episode #4 - (▪ | Congratulations to Medical Mutual Episode #19 - (▪ | Congratulations to Quicken Loans Episode #14 - (▪ | Congratulations to Vizion360 Episode #1 - see above▪ | Congratulations to Plante Moran Episode #32 - ( hope I didn't miss anyone - if you are a winner and have not highlighted your internship on the podcast - get in touch - I would love to hear your internship story and I am willing to bet our listeners will too!Check out this link to the list of winners here - (
InternCLE Episode 047 Intern Bridge Dr Robert Shindell Robert Shindell is a Northeast Ohio native, from Madison, Ohio.  Robert went to the University of Toledo and at the time he did not see his career possibilities in Northeast Ohio.  While Robert did relocate, his passion for the region has not waned.  He returns to teach Cleveland area companies how to create internship programs.  He literally wrote the book on creating an internship program – Total Internship Management.Intern Bridge is a research and consulting firm, focused on experiential learning from the perspective of the employer.  Intern Bridge uses research-based guidelines to advise employers on the creation of a successful internship program.  Intern Bridge conducts a national internship and co-op study on college campuses since 2008.  About 5 years ago they created a similar study asking questions of their employer partners.  They use these results to focus in on what truly matters to students and employers.  They have identified 7 key variables for an employer to focus in on creating a successful program.  The first to keys are: ·         The organization is ready, and the team is committed·         Create an intern work plan, like a syllabus for a course but more than thatThe Total Internship Management Workshop guides employers through the 7 key areas.  The courses were taught in Northeast Ohio through NOCHE in the past.  This fall Intern Bridge and Robert will return to the area to bring back this important workshop to the region.  Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get an update on how to register for this event. Intern Bridge consults with small, medium, and large companies.  65% of the interns surveyed worked for companies with less than 500 employees.  Small to mid-sized business really do drive the economy.The internship experience consists of three main categoriesCultureProfessional DevelopmentWork It is key to ensure that interns experience a normalized experience as it relates to culture and professional development.  The work may be different, but when the other 2/3 of the experience is similar and more equitable – satisfaction goes up. Gratitude - Thank you to Angela Finding of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Courtney DeOero of the RITE board. 
InternCLE Episode 046 Parker Dewey – Jeffrey MossTwitter, LinkedIn, FacebookJeffrey Moss describes himself as an accidental entrepreneur.  In his previous careers he saw students experience difficulties finding work after college without the right internship experiences.  He also saw employers with projects that needed to be done, that could provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop the skills employers are looking for.  The concept of a “micro-internship” was born and so was Parker Dewey.  Micro-internships are small projects that companies essentially “farm out” to qualified college students.  These are professional projects, not making copies or getting coffee.  Students earn a good wage and learn skills while working on these valuable experiences.  Parker Dewey still believes that a 10-12-week summer internship or co-op is an important and valuable experience.  Micro-internships can provide additional experiences and skill development to build a resume, augment skills and help students experience multiple employers and careers. Parker Dewey has created an easy to use online platform to connect students and employers through these micro-internship opportunities.  Students can create a profile very quickly.  Any college student or recent grad can participate. Parker Dewey also wanted to make it easy for employers as well.  Employers do not have to deal with payroll setups, fees are processed through Parker Dewey.   The students are contractors through Parker Dewey.  If a student completes an internship for a company and the company decides to hire the student there are no hire fees.  This is not a staffing firm.  Employers who have “we should….” Or “I shouldn’t be doing…” projects are ideal for micro-internships.  Micro-internships can also help companies explore new Colleges or student populations where they have not previously engaged. Parker Dewey’s logo represents the three key stake holders in their business.  The Companies, the Colleges & Universities, and the Career Launchers (students and recent grads).  For companies:Support immediate resource needsAccess diverse candidatesLeverage the skills of college students and recent gradsImprove hiring outcomesDecrease onboarding and training costsIncrease flexibility For career launchers: Work on interesting projectsDevelop relationships with potential employersGain valuable experienceExplore career optionsDemonstrate your capabilitiesGenerate income For Colleges & Universities:Improve student placementRefine program curriculumDeepen alumni engagementExpand relationships with existing and prospective employersEnhance academic outcomesDrive enrollment successThe Parker Dewey Blog is full of useful resources for employers and students alike - If you are looking to create and internship program check out their Internships 101 siteMoving to a Remote internship and need some help, check out their Remote Internships 101 siteGratitude today - Thank you to Alyssa Angeletti and the 6 Vizion360 interns for an amazing week of virtual onboarding!
InternCLE Episode Kent State University - Kristin Williams Executive Director, Career Exploration and Development has had several rolls at Kent.  This gives her a unique perspective in her roll as Director of Career Exploration and Development.  Kristin mentioned that she has seen a trend toward Career Services across the university meeting to strategize and get on the same page.  The student half and employer outreach portion of those services work together in a more focused way today then they ever have.  Career services has expanded beyond resumes and interview techniques.  “Students want to walk away with connections.  They want build their social capital” – on the need to link student interest to employer engagement and connection. Every student graduates Kent with some sort of experiential learning opportunity, it is part of the program at Kent.  Kent takes that requirement as a directive to help connect those students to opportunities and support students in their search. Some students have a natural anxiety of getting started in their search for an internship.  Kent provides them guidance on “how to” search for an internship.  Opportunities in creative fields are found differently than those in the business school, for example.  Kent also helps students explore the careers they are interested in. Kent offers etiquette dinners to connect students and employers.  They partnered with Community Engaged Learning to create a new experiential networking opportunity.  Students and employers volunteer side by side making meals.  The unique opportunity creates space for interesting conversations and connections.  Kent state has Flashternships – job shadowing opportunities coordinated through the university with Northeast Ohio employers.  Employers can post jobs on handshake, attend career fairs and engage at Kent State University in so many ways.  Contact Career Exploration and Development to speak with Kristin’s team and learn more about how you can engage across the departments at the University.  Kent State is a large University and they recognize that.  They will help you navigate the departments to maximize your recruiting time and dollars, along your journey to find the talent you need.  Kristin expressed how proud she is of the way Kent and her team has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis.   Kent is working hard to reach out to students and help them find internships if they have lost them. Time and time again, in these interviews I record – I am impressed by the true passion that exists around the internship space.  Cleveland is an amazingly supportive region and I am so happy to get the opportunity to meet people like Kristin Williams.  Around Town: Parker Dewey Resources – Jeffrey Moss will be on the show in June!Internships 101 - Internships 101 -
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