Internships | Student Talent

Considering engaging interns? Interested in validating new market opportunities or venture into data analytics?  Not sure where to start?

EDGE helps companies explore options that may be a good fit for them — from making connections with university leaders, sharing regional program alternatives, identifying quality student talent, or providing quality research help through its proven EDGE Fellows Program.

EDGE has deep connections with universities across the region and engages top student talent from Northeast Ohio colleges and universities in a variety of programs throughout the year that may provide a distinct advantage to one’s company.

Participating schools include: University of Akron, Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, The College of Wooster, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College, Stark State College, Walsh University, Ursuline College and others – and EDGE partners with many other higher education institutions through the JumpStart-Burton D Morgan Higher Education Consortium.

EDGE Fellows

The EDGE Fellows Program provides business leaders with affordable due diligence in a confidential manner by a proven program that has helped leaders make informed business decisions in pursuing new markets or opportunities, assess data more effectively and launch multiple new ventures.

This two-month paid summer internship identifies talented primarily graduate-level students that are interested in business development and innovation to conduct feasibility and data analyses on new business ideas submitted by business leaders across Northeast Ohio.

The EDGE Fellows Summer Program:

  • About 50% of projects studied lead to new investments and often new revenue for Northeast Ohio within 2-3 years.
  • Nearly 60% of EDGE Fellows choose to stay and work with Northeast Ohio companies following graduation.
  • Pairs graduate student teams with experienced business mentors.
  • Assigns teams to work on business ideas with local business executives.
  • Drives value for participating businesses and their leadership teams.
  • Provides students with a meaningful educational experience.
  • Students leave the EDGE Fellows program with great practical experience, new opportunities and relationships professionals throughout the region.
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The Commons Innovation Accelerator

The Commons crafts unique, real-world experiences that allow students to work on innovation challenges presented by local businesses. Students are given the opportunity to apply their skills, build their networks and create something new. At the end of the day, the program is not about project work or final deliverables; it’s about talent development and retention. The projects and overall process push students to develop skills needed for an entrepreneurial mindset: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical-thinking, confidence, flexibility, persistence, curiosity, risk-taking and focus. The diverse teams, mentor interactions and community support changes their perceptions of the region and help students establish roots.

The Commons Program

A multi-week program runs in the Spring and Fall. Each program develops cross-functional student teams that are assigned to real innovation challenges with area companies. followed by ongoing team challenges, and concludes with a Presentation Day where teams solidify their findings and present to the participating companies, mentors and community leaders.

More information: For Companies interested in participating.

Topics addressed include: Team Building, Market Research, Customer Discovery, Product Ideation and Development, Peer and Advisory Review, Business Model and Sales, Presentation Design and Delivery.

Contact: Chris Keller, Director, Chris@edgef.org to learn more.