Leadership Development Intern

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Leadership Development Intern


Position: Temporary, part-time, nonexempt, paid
Department: Program
Reports to: Program Director, Leadership Development
Date Revised: January 2023


Summary: The Leadership Development Intern will report to the Program Director for Leadership Development to assist with planning and implementation of the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship, outreach and management of the Summer Internship Program, data collection on programs, research assistance for ongoing initiatives and coordination of leadership development events. The position will work as a part of an internal, cross functional team to meet program and grant making objectives.

The intern role is designed to expose and challenge junior, senior or graduate level students pursuing a career in nonprofit management, urban studies, urban development, advocacy or related field with a particular focus on project management. The intern will work approximately 20-25 hours per week and have availability during school breaks, including summers, preferred.

Responsibilities and Expected Outcomes:

 Assist with planning and implementation of the CF Public Service Fellowship

    • Conduct programmatic research, building off the initial 2016 program study, recommendations from the Cleveland Foundation’s ongoing strategic direction and planning efforts, and drawing comparisons to programs across the U.S./internationally.
    • Assist with recruitment/outreach including database entry updates and analysis and attendance at various recruitment events both in person and virtual depending on activity.
    • Work with staff to provide support to fellows/host organizations as required.
    • Assist with program logistics and professional development, facilitating some pre-planned sessions when needed.

Assist with TCF Summer Internship Program

  • Conduct programmatic research, particularly as it relates to professional development.
  • Work with staff to interview and provide support to interns/host organizations as required.
  • Assist with program logistics and professional development, facilitating some pre-planned sessions when needed.
  • Assist with alumni engagement including updates/utilization of alumni database and pilot programming, analyzing data gathered from alumni through the Fellowships Alumni Network Study (FANS) as a starting point for implementation.
  • Compile updated grant making histories, reporting, trending of specific funds and/or interest area.
  • Conduct additional research, data compilation, and attend convenings related to ongoing initiatives such as Encore Cleveland.
  • Participate in staff meetings and strategic planning conversations as needed.
  • Provide support and offer perspectives on inter/national collaboratives focused on Leadership Development [i.e., with Kansas Leadership Center].

Anticipated learning objective to be accomplished through the internship experience include increased understanding of: 

  • Strategy development to guide decision making and grant making.
  • Collaborative, cross team project management.
  • External leadership through the perspective of a community foundation.

Essential Qualifications, Credentials and Technical Skills required:

  •  Non-profit management, urban development, education, or other relevant major being pursued at the junior or senior undergraduate level, graduate level preferred. Freshman and sophomore level students welcome to apply as well.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a diverse group of staff and external constituents. The ability to work in a complex environment requiring flexibility and collaboration.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion across all work.
  • High ethical standards and regard for confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Self-motivated with a high attention to detail and accuracy required.
  • Strong organizational, research and project management skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Willingness to asks questions when in need of direction or clarification.
  • Proficient technology skills, including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, internet research, etc.


The Cleveland Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Greater Cleveland. The ability to carry out our mission and to foster our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion can best be pursued if our workforce, grantees, donors, partners, and governing body are inclusive of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives.

We believe that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, age, color, education, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental abilities or characteristics, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and/or other characteristics that make an individual unique. The Cleveland Foundation is committed to equal employment opportunities for all.


The Cleveland Foundation makes pay equity and competitive pay rates a priority for individuals across all positions.  This position pays $16.00 per hour.


Preferred candidates will have strong academic credentials, are involved in student or community service activities, familiar with technology and have strong presentation and writing skills. If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter here as soon as possible. This posting will remain active until the position is filled. We regret that we cannot respond personally to each applicant.

 Note: Hours worked will be largely remote, until we move into our new headquarters building early in 2023, where our flexible workplace policy provides for one day of remote work per week. The Cleveland Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide valid proof of vaccination unless a documented medical or religious exemption is approved. All information provided will be kept strictly confidential.


Please provide salary range, if applicable: $16.00 per hour