If you are a graduate student or part of a mid-sized company, you’ll want to know more about Entrepreneurs EDGE. EDGE is a nonprofit economic development organization that assists mid-sized companies in Northeast Ohio grow in value.

For the past six years, EDGE has offered a Fellows Summer Intern Program. The program offers a two-month, paid summer internship, primarily for graduate students to focus on business development and innovation. Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2015. You can learn more about the internships here.


Chris Keller, Program Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at EDGE, has developed relationships with Cleveland-area colleges and universities. In these partnerships, he leads 60 – 90 minute role-playing networking sessions around “How to Make Your Network Work.” The workshops are designed for traditional and non-traditional students. According to Keller, networking is key. “Students should work to develop their own “board of directors,” professional contacts that provide valuable support and productive feedback. “

EDGE supports business development in Northeast Ohio by providing leadership workshops and relationship building for CEOs and their management teams. Benefits of EDGE membership include:

  • Monthly CEO/President Roundtable Discussions
  • Bi-monthly Peer Group Meetings
  • Networking and Speaker Events Employee
  • Idea Mining
  • Leadership Alchemy
  • MBA UltraLite Program
  • InnoQuest
  • Access to top student talent through EDGEs student engagement programs