HUMANITIES@WORK SUMMER FUNDING (Sponsored by the CWRU Career Center and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities):

There is one central application process for the Humanities@Work Summer Stipends, the Feldman Grants, and the Cramer Fellowships. Students who submit a complete application will automatically be considered for all of the opportunities for which they meet the eligibility requirements.


  • Each of these funds can be used to support humanities majors who are offered a meaningful summer internship that is unpaid or underpaid.
  • The eligibility, funding pool, and selection criteria vary for each award. Students wishing to apply should carefully review the guidelines for each funding opportunity so that they understand these criteria and expectations.
  • Please note that summer experiences which charge the student tuition and/or fees are not eligible for any of these awards.

The Summer 2024 Internship Funding Application deadline is 12:00 pm on Friday, April 19.


The following materials are required of all applicants:

  1. The Application Essay (see guidelines below)
  2. A Copy of the internship offer from your employer, or a list of the internships to which you have applied*
  3. A Detailed Budget
  4. Your Resume
  5. An unnofficial copy of your CWRU Transcript
  6. A Confidential Letter of Recommendation from your Humanities advisor**
Send your application materials as a SINGLE PDF to by 12:00 pm on Friday, April 19.

*Students who have not yet received a firm internship offer should still apply for funding. Award recipients will have to provide a copy of the final offer letter prior to receiving the first disbursement of your stipend.

**Applications are not complete until we receive the advisor’s letter of recommendation, which can also be sent directly to

Guidelines for Writing Your Application Essay

The application essay should be a concise  description of the internship opportunity and why it is important to you. You should put consideWe recommend that you organize your essay into five paragraphs, as follows:

¶ 1

Applicant Information

  • Name
  • CWRU Email
  • CWRU 7-digit ID Number
  • Major(s)
  • Expected Graduation Date

¶ 2

Key Details

  • What are the key details of your summer plans? Be sure to include:
    • the title or role for which you have received an offer
    • the name of the employer that you have received the offer from
    • the location of the internship (city, state, country)
    • the length of your internship, including the start and end dates for your position
    • the number of hours that you will work per week
¶ 3
The Position &
Summer Goals
  • What are the tasks and responsibilities that you will have as an intern?
  • What are the skills that you expect to learn this summer?
¶ 4
  • How does the internship support your post-graduation plans, career goals, and/or passions?
    (Passions can be scholarly, community-driven, social justice, familial creative, etc.)

¶ 5

  • How have your major, coursework, and/or extracurricular activities at CWRU have prepared you for this work experience?


¶ 6
Budget &
Financial Need

  • A prose summary that justifies your summer budget and funding request, including:
    • How much funding are you requesting here?
    • Will your employer provide any form of financial compensation?
      (This includes stipends, wages, salary, travel reimbursements, tuition/fees, etc.)
    • How are you going to pay for expenses in excess of this summer funding award?
    • What is your family/household’s overall level of financial need?
      (As determined by the CWRU Office of Financial Aid)



April 19 All summer funding applications to the Baker-Nord Center are due.
April 29 Award decisions will be communicated to most students by this date.
June 1 Approximately the earliest you should expect to receive the first disbursement.
(This is usually equal to half of your total funding award.)
July 1 All funding recipients are required to write and submit a 1-page mid-summer report describing the first half (roughly) of their summer internship. Please be candid. We want to know if things aren’t going smoothly. We can help you strategize ways to improve the remaining weeks, and in some cases we might also be able to communicate directly with your supervisor/employer.
July 15 Approximately the earliest you should expect to receive the second disbursement.
(This is usually equal to half of your total funding award.)
August 15 All funding recipients are required to submit a 1-2 page final report.
Again, please be candid. The point of these reports is for us to learn about the full spectrum of joys and challenges that our award recipients face each summer. Even if we can’t do anything to improve your experience, your feedback will help us better prepare future students for their summer experiences and even to steer some of them towards/away from certain opportunities.
All funding recipients are required to attend a lunch celebration during the fall semester.
This is an opportunity to meet other award winners from accross the College of Arts and Sciences, so that you can share and learn from one another’s summer experiences. It is a fun and healthy lunch, and a once-a-year networking opportunity. Excused absences can be granted on a case-by-case basis.
The Next 5 Years… All recipients are required to acknowledge their summer funding award on their resume and/or CV.
This is a standard best practice. The alumni and donors who make these awards possible would also be grateful if you would share the name of your award on websites and social media, especially when/if you write or give interviews about your summer learning experiences.



Here is a Sample Budget. Your own budget should demonstrate that you have thought through the financial responsibilities and rewards of your internship experience, as well as to communicate what expenses (if any) the Humanities@Work scholarship will be applied to. Please note that (i) your budget can include a salary or hourly-wage equivalent, and (ii) your total budget is not necessarily the same as the amount that you may want to request from the Humanities@Work Scholarship Funding.

The Career Center has created the CWRU Career Search Guide. It is an excellent resource on a number of topics, including:

  • How to create your first resume
  • Writing cover letters
  • Preparing for interviews
  • And many more. 


As part of the Humanities@Work program, the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities is seeking applications from undergraduate CWRU students with a declared humanities major to fill four summer internship positions. Graduating students are not eligible to apply.

Interns will be expected to commit 20 hours a week for a ten week period. Each intern will be paid a $3,500 stipend, half of which will be paid at the beginning of the internship, and half of which will be paid at the midpoint of the internship once a status report has been submitted. Interns will be expected to attend a lunchtime event at the Baker-Nord Center in the fall of 2023 to discuss their internship experience.

All applications are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 19 and should be sent to and must include:
• Resume (no more than 2 pages)
• Statement of Interest (no more than 1 page) for each internship for which the student would like to be considered

Following the review of applications, outstanding applicants will be invited for an interview. Available internships include:

601 Lakeside Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44114

City of Cleveland – Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is seeking a Communications Intern to support the City of Cleveland’s Climate Action Plan updating process for both the community-focused Cleveland Climate Action Plan and the city-operations Municipal Action Plan. The communications intern will work to engage residents and businesses throughout the development of educational and informative content aimed at showcasing the City’s climate priorities and increasing awareness about climate change, local environmental impacts, and potential solutions.

The main deliverables will include assisting in the development of a campaign content strategy, brainstorming, and researching creative ways to present climate topics. The communications intern will be tasked with various needs including social media design and scheduling, website updates, and more.

Examples of Duties:

  • Attend monthly open comms hours to brainstorm and research resources for content development.
  • Updating the media coverage list, assist in scheduling media interviews.
  • Support updates to and the City’s Sustainability page: The communications intern will support updates to our websites hosted on NationBuilder and Drupal as requested by the communications admin
  • Content and resource design: Support content and material designs using Canva and/or Adobe Suite. Perform other communications job-related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience with graphic design, use of publishing software and or content development (Canva, Adobe, etc.)
  • Experience with newsletter writing; MailChimp preferred.
  • Experience with website management; experience with WordPress is preferred
  • Strong fluency in Microsoft Office products, such as PowerPoint, Word, etc.
  • Must have excellent verbal communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Candidate must be available to work within the prescribed hours or if flexible hours or offered, during the season in which they are employed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidate pursing Communications, Marketing, or Science Communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in collaborating on the design materials that advance environmental and/or climate change mitigation and resilience strategies via natural systems/ecology and demonstrated knowledge of environmental issues.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and partnerships with a variety of partners, stakeholders, and interest groups, including, but not limited to various county and/or state agencies, organizations, and associations.
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communications and making presentations.

11001 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106

The Cleveland Orchestra is seeking a Content Intern to join our team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the Content and Growth Initiatives Department, including media relations, social media, email marketing, editorial content, and archives. The work schedule would be a hybrid of remote and onsite hours.

• Catalog and analyze communications and digital productions.
• Assist in the creation of content, including writing copy and editing video.
• Support project management across the department.
• Conduct desktop and market research to support the orchestra’s growth initiatives.
• Additional project work as needed.

• Passion for the arts and the mission of The Cleveland Orchestra.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent research and analytical skills.
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities.

11459 Mayfield Road | Cleveland, OH 44106

This internship is focused on Market Research Analysis and Marketing.

• Devise marketing campaigns with the goal of increasing product awareness and increasing sales and profits.
• Plan, organize, and execute marketing and sales programs.
• Act as the point persons for outside, inside and partner sales teams.
• Track market and company sales performance.
• Work closely with marketing teams to create programs.
• Generate leads and drive sales.
• Gather and report customer intelligence to sales teams.
• Develop marketing plans.
• Manage vendor contracts.
• Supervise marketing assistants and other employees.
• Support all company initiatives, give actionable feedback, share best practices and serve as an advocate and information source for the company.
• Create programs that drive brand loyalty.
• Manage marketing budgets.
• Attend trade shows and events to market products.
• Develop effective account conversion strategies to accelerate adoption.
• Determine product/service value delivered throughout customer operations and effectively communicate value to customers to promote new applications and sales.
• Improve forecast performance of business through thorough understanding of underlying demand assumptions.
• Keep abreast of industry trends, competition, and new opportunities.
• Develop understanding of product line and value chain.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

This Operations & Marketing internship will allow the student to gain invaluable industry experience while having the mentorship of the Grog Shop’s marketing director and owner.

• Correspondence with bands, artists, vendors, and ticket buyers
• Coordinate with our street team, plan outreach events and ticket giveaways
• Physically pass out flyers to local businesses in the Greater Cleveland area
• Create and distribute communications to past ticket buyers and email subscribers
• Input data including ticket counts, past buyer’s emails, and ad insights and results into spreadsheets to easily track and interpret data
• Attend meetings and collaboration discussions
• Maintain and update a database of local musicians, bands, and vendors
• Organization and filing of office paperwork
• Processing ticket information
• Building events on our ticketing platform, TicketWeb
• Assistance creating content and copy for social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok
• Some graphic design and video editing
• Research new potential community partners that align with Grog Shop ideology and community values
• This includes working scheduled shifts outside of the regular 12-5 p.m. work-day
• This internship is onsite, starting early June and ending at the completion of required hours; exact dates to be determined

The ideal student has an attention to detail and proven organizational & planning skills; is flexible and able to adjust to changing demands; be quick at assessing situations, identifying potential issues, and creating solutions; be passionate about working with others in group settings with a customer service mentality; have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; be able to work both independently and collaboratively; be proficient in computer skills including Office 365; be available to work days, evenings, and weekends as needed; be able carry up to 20 lbs and must be able to walk for up to an hour at a time; and have access to reliable transportation not only to work, but to travel to various locations in the Greater Cleveland area.