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Economic Vitality

Career Exploration and Internships

These Cleveland Clinic resources and programs are designed to help students explore potential healthcare careers and gain valuable work experience in a professional environment.

  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) - CCLCM is a unique program that is setting new standards for the training of physician investigators. Our goal is to identify the best students from the widest variety of backgrounds to directly impact the future of medical care and understanding of medical science. We are seeking students who desire to be expert in clinical practice while furthering the frontiers of medicine through scientific inquiry. We expect our graduates to be highly competitive for academic residencies and to pursue careers as physician investigators.
  • Cleveland Clinic Student Experience - Cleveland Clinic Student Experience provides internship and co-op opportunities to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. This exciting opportunity will offer highly motivated candidates the possibility to explore potential careers in the healthcare industry at Cleveland Clinic.
  • Clinic-Based Programs - The Civic Education Department offers Clinic-Based Programs that give Northeast Ohio middle and high school students the opportunity to learn and work alongside world-renowned caregivers at Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus, Regional Hospitals, and Family Health Centers.
  • From Jump Ropes to Microscopes - Learn about lesser known healthcare careers with this interactive children's book.
  • Junior Ambassador Program for Teens - The Junior Ambassador Program offers two opportunities to high school students who qualify: the Junior Ambassador Summer Program and the Junior Ambassador After School Program. Both take place at our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Volunteer Services - Find out more information about volunteering at our Cleveland, Ohio campus and local Family Health Centers.

Community Partnerships

Cleveland Clinic’s community partnerships are administered by the Community Relations department and number well over 200. Community Relations’ mission is to connect with our communities and residents through a variety of neighborhood-based partners and social organizations, schools, houses of worship and other sites, engage in discussions about health needs, and create action plans to connect young and old alike with the medical, social and economic resources which will empower them to transform their own health and well-being as well as that of their communities. For more information on partnering with Cleveland Clinic please visit the Partnerships & Event Sponsorship page.

Farmers Markets

One of the most enjoyable educational experiences is the Cleveland Clinic Farmers Market at main campus. The Office for a Healthy Environment, Government and Community Relations, and the Wellness Institute support Cleveland Clinic’s Community Farmers Market Program, which serves our communities with local produce. Farmers markets address the need for healthy and fresh produce in underserved communities with limited access or transportation to these local resources. Cleveland Clinic Farmers Markets offer incentive benefits to WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) moms, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients and seniors along public transportation routes. Each year the market audience grows and increases the value it brings to our local communities.

Our 2015 Farmers Market season ran from June to October on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and at our Beachwood, Independence and Strongsville Family Health Centers. All food at our markets originates from within 115 miles of the market and is sold directly by the farmer. These policies strengthen our local economy and curtail the emissions used in transporting conventionally grown food that, on average, has traveled 1,500 miles to reach our community members’ plates.

At the market, our health education team discusses the importance of including fresh food as part of a healthy diet with young visitors and senior citizens alike. During the summer of 2015, McGregor Home at Langston Hughes brought 45 seniors to the market. Additionally, the Boys and Girls Club brought 103 students to the farmers market, and Kidztown Childcare brought an additional 35 students. The students are often provided with five dollars to purchase food items that are then prepared at their community resource centers. In addition to the market tour, shopping and education session, Cleveland Clinic police officers provided summer safety tips and a positive, friendly experience with law enforcement.

Greater University Circle Initiative

The Greater University Circle Initiative (GUCI) addresses the specific challenges of some of Cleveland’s most disinvested neighborhoods – Hough, Glenville, Fairfax, Central, Buckeye-Shaker, Little Italy and East Cleveland. In 2005, the Cleveland Foundation convened the leaders of key anchor institutions – Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University – as well as the City of Cleveland and other partners to undertake the difficult task of creating “jobs, income and ownership opportunities” for all Greater University Circle residents. The leaders set four goals:

  • Buy Local – increase the capacity and use of local businesses.
  • Hire Local – link residents to jobs and income opportunities.
  • Live Local – attract new residents and support existing residents in quality housing.
  • Connect – connect people, neighborhoods and institutions in a vital network.

In many cities like Cleveland, anchor institutions have surpassed traditional manufacturing corporations to become their region’s leading employers. Cleveland Clinic is currently Northeast Ohio’s largest employer and Ohio’s second largest employer and recognizes the important role it plays as an anchor institution in the local economy.

There have been some remarkable early successes, including:

  • a leadership table that is the forum for collaboration for GUCI;
  • an evolving local procurement program to funnel purchasing power to local businesses;
  • the creation of the Evergreen Cooperatives (three employee-owned businesses that aim to create wealth in GUCI neighborhoods);
  • workforce training programs;
  • a Greater Circle Living employer-assisted housing program;
  • a comprehensive community engagement strategy emphasizing the power of networks; and
  • hundreds of millions of dollars in new real estate development that have boosted the area’s commercial and residential base.

To learn more, please visit the Economic Inclusion Program web page, or The Cleveland Foundation's website.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a community-wide service project utilizing employee volunteers from the hospitals and Family Health Centers to provide services to older adults needing assistance in the community. These projects are identified in several ways, one of which being the Community Partnership on Aging organization. The projects include minor household repairs, outdoor work and are vital to our community members.

Community Healthy Needs Assessments

Community Healthy Needs Assessments

Fresh Market Strawberries!

Fresh Strawberries

Learn More About the Greater University Circle Initiative

The Greater University Circle Initiative