“The internship provided me the opportunity to become a full-time staff member at OCI at the end of my internship… Deploying what I’ve learned at Levin about urban planning has been wonderful as well as challenging. Understanding the technical side of planning and development has really been interesting, but I feel like I have a strong theoretical and historical background, due in part to my great professors and classmates.”
Meet Nate J. Lull, a recent Urban and Regional Studies graduate at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs. Nate interned at Ohio City Inc. during his senior year and has since accepted a full-time position as their Neighborhood Planning Manager.
Ohio City Inc. is a neighborhood community development corporation (CDC) in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. Nate shared, “I did not realize that Ohio City Inc. had such an extensive reach, meaning there are services for everyone in the neighborhood. We have youth-leagues for kids and a homeless outreach worker, which really goes to show how we do a bit of everything community-related.”
As an intern, Nate facilitated local design review meetings, assisted with community events such as Irishtown Bend Park engagement sessions, and participated in stakeholder meetings with the city of Cleveland and private partners. “Near the end of my internship, I was offered a position full-time as Neighborhood Planning Manager,” Nate said. “It is a fast-paced job which I enjoy, and I get to work in a field that relates to my major. I couldn’t ask for more than that out of college!”
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Internships are an integral part of the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs experience and constitute the core of experiential learning. Levin’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management coordinates over 100 internship placements annually for academic credit, with additional non-credit placements. These internships often result in a direct connection with not just a job, but a career with meaning.