InternCLE Episode 043 - Cleveland State Univ - Sharen Bakke and Tours of Cleveland - Scott O'Con


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InternCLE Episode 043

Cleveland State IS Co-op with Dr. Sharen Bakke & Tours of Cleveland with Scott O’Con

For information on the IS co-op program click here

Sharen is the co-op coordinator and senior college lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In 2012, the chair of IS at CSU created the IS co-op program. This is an experiential learning co-op program, alternating schooling and co-ops. Approximately 160 students enrolled currently in the IS program today.

The students who apply for the program are typically students with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Top students usually get multiple offers in the program. Students can have up to 3 experiential learning opportunities during their undergraduate experience. Many employers hire out of the program, but it is not a requirement of employers.

Students can enter the program until they have had a programming class. Usually this is in their second year in the program. The program requires a minimum 2.5 GPA. The experiences range from help desk work to Business Intelligence work. The variety is wide in the field and this can help student home in on their areas of interest.

For employers, the periods are January through June or July through December. Employers submit job descriptions in advance and are “matched” with students. Employers interview the students, provide offers and pay them for their internship. The university is truly only the matchmaker. Employers can rehire students or hire them full time if the experience works well.

You can reach out to Sharen at to learn more.

Around Town: Tours of Cleveland

Scott O’Con has a background in HR and came to Cleveland not that many years ago. He and his husband move to Ohio for a job opportunity from Virginia. While working downtown Scott fell in love with the history and architecture of our city. He took the entrepreneurial leap and started giving walking tours of the downtown.

You can purchase gift cards and book tours directly on their website. During the current crisis the tours have been postponed, but they will be starting back up as soon as Stay at Home restrictions are released. The website also offers a blog that highlights the city and its many events, in addition to a book list for those that want to take their learnings a step farther after the tour.

Scott has worked with companies, like Quicken Loans, to provide custom tours for their internships. This is a great way to get interns to learn about our great city and find places they would like to come back to.

Contact Scott at his website and on social media if you would like to learn more.

Follow Tours of Cleveland on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter and check out their reviews on tripadvisor

Exciting news! InternCLE was featured in the Cleveland PD Friday! Magazine -

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