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Get Involved in Jewish life : Jobs and Internships

Jobs and Internships

High School internships are amazing opportunities for students to preview their career paths.  Often, school credit is awarded to those who take advantage of this opportunity to learn about a particular field of interest and the skills required for the working world. Check out the following internships available at local organizations, that will interest students passionate about animal rights, community service, leadership, Israel, public policy/legislature, politics, communications, history, Jewish continuity, journalism, and the local and national Jewish communities.

Animal Lovers...

Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI) was established in the US approximately 18 years ago to help animals in Israel.  Recently, CHAI established a sister charity in Israel called Hakol Chai.  CHAI participated in the process of drafting Israel's Animal Protection Law, helped start shelters in places where there was no help for animals, and provided funds, equipment and expertise to existing shelters.  Interns for CHAI help with office work, staffing information tables at conferences, developing humane education materials for high schools and youth in the US and Israel, art work or graphic design, and outreach to synagogue youth.  Contact Nina Nadelson at (703) 658-9650, e-mail, or visit the website at for more information.


The DC Jewish Community Center has some wonderful, creative positions open...

  • Service Clinical Internships - Students choose one category of programs (Education and Literacy, Necessity, Joy and Companionship, Repair the World) or choose one program within a category         
  • Non-profit and Social Entrepreneurial Leadership Internship - Focus on the department as a whole while learning about the field of non-profit management         
  • Youth Development and Community Service - Respond to youth group requests for service projects; create and supervising youth group community service projects; assist with Young Builders program; develop and supervise the DC JCC Summer Camp Counselor-in-Training community service projects         
  • Event Planning - Help to coordinate December 25th Community Service Project; Facilitate committee meetings; evaluate sites for optimum volunteer experience; fundraise and recruit sponsors; public relations and communication regarding volunteer questions; coordinate logistics of project         
  • Repair the World Practicum - Work with our Behrend Builder program; build an adult base of volunteers; public relations; statistics gathering; interview participants and write a segment for the website

For all DC JCC internships, contact Lavinia Balaci, Leadership and Center Core Coordinator, at

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has internships in various departments.  Check out their website at for more information.

 Planning and Allocations Division allots money raised in this community to other community and world-wide agencies, including youth groups, Israel programs, and other youth organizations.   Responsibilities would include:

  • Obtaining information about services for marketing purposes         
  • Gathering date a undertaking surveys about services and their impact on clients         
  • Preparing ads and informational materials for special projects         
  • General research and data gathering/evaluation

If interested, contact Judie Fein-Helfman, Director of Community Planning, at 301-230-7207.

The Israel and Overseas Department offers a fun, rewarding experience (and it looks great on your resume!)  An extensive background is not necessary, but you must be willing to learn every day.  The job consists of:

  • Writing Quick Facts Information Releases         
  • Assisting in the Israel and Overseas Department         
  • Assisting the Habonim Dror Sheliach (regional director)         
  • Occasionally attending professional meetings

If you are interested, contact Sandy Katz, Israel and Overseas Director, at 301-230-7208.

Jewish Information and Referral Service (JIRS) 

JIRS is a comprehensive information and referral service that has opportunities for teen internships.  JIRS provides extensive information to the Greater Washington Metropolitan Jewish community through a telephone service and through a comprehensive database that is available through its website at 

Internship tasks could include: contacting agencies and updating information about programs, entering information in the database, answering phones and responding to individual's questions and performing various other administrative tasks.  Each internship is tailored to fit the needs of the organization and of the student.  Contact Sharon Doner at 301-230-7288 or e-mail her at


 History Buffs

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington offers high school internships and volunteer opportunities.  Interns will give tours of the historic synagogue, provide support for public programs and perform general office duties.  Interns may also have some opportunity to work with historical documents and photographs in the archives.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and its Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum preserve, chronicle, and present the story of the local Jewish community through archival collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and the restoration and preservation of the oldest synagogue building in the nation's capital.  
Contact Laura Apelbaum at 202-789-0900 for more information or Email

Jewish continuity 

Throughout history, the Jewish people have faced exile and forced conversions to other religions.  Kulanu (All of us) is a small Jewish national organization dedicated to finding and helping people of Jewish ancestry around the world and people to whom Judaism is a lost concept, since most of their ancestors were forbidden to practice their own religion.  This organization has a large number of work opportunities that would enable teens to become effective Jewish leaders.  Possibilities include production of a newsletter, managing membership data-base, handling of ritual objects from around the world, and correspondence.  These internships offer great Judaic learning opportunities as well.  To find out more about what Kulanu does, and how they do it, visit

For more information on an internship, contact Jack A Zeller, MD, President of Kulanu at

Jewish learning

The Foundation for Jewish Learning aims to enhance the quality of today's Jewish learning.  The small office will benefit from interns interested in general office work and administrative duties.  This internship is a great opportunity to learn about the organized Jewish community and the inner workings of a foundation.  If interested, please contact the Foundation s Director, Clara Gordon, at (301) 770-4787 or Email   


Washington Jewish Week   The Jewish Week has internships in the following exciting areas for high school students:

  • Business Office- responsibilities include working closely with the accounting and circulation departments, helping with tearsheets, invoicing, legal notices, and bank deposits (aka really important papers!) in accounting, and assisting with customer service and telemarketing calls.      
  • Editorial- Involves typing, filing, proofreading, and even doing some writing! (Interview required)      
  • Advertising- Helping the advertising department with faxing, filing, and running advertising copy to and from the production department, and even getting to make sales calls.

If interested, contact Michelle Veyvoda 301-230-7257 or email

Natural-born Leaders

Washington Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values - LOOKING FOR A PAID PART-TIME WORK IN A FRIENDLY JEWISH ORGANIZATION?  The Washington Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values employs a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT during the school year (either during school hours as part of a school internship or after school for a non-intern) as an OFFICE ASSISTANT.  We are a small office involved in teen programming, located next to the Rockville JCC.  Interested students should contact the Institute in early September.  Call 301-770-5070 ext. 200 or e-mail (Write "high school office assistant position" in the subject line)

Political activists

American Jewish Congress has an internship available for high school students interested in politics.  AJC is an 85 year-old Jewish organization that promotes separation of Church and State, civil liberties, and solidarity with Israel.  Interns would gain valuable experience by visiting Capital Hill, attending meetings, and working on the newsletter.  Contact Scott Mellon at (202) 332-4001

Teen Interests

B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) is a youth-led, worldwide organization which provides opportunities for Jewish youth to develop their leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity, and commitment to their personal development.  The youth participate in democratically functioning small groups under the guidance of adult advisors and professional staff.  They offer several internships to promising youth who are members of DC Council BBYO.  Students who are selected for these internships have a variety of responsibilities including, but not limited to: interacting with parents and teens to inform them about BBYO, preparing informational mailings, completing computer-based assignments, and assisting professional staff with on-going projects.  Most interns are seniors in high school and receive course credit from their schools.  If interested, contact Felicia Palan, Regional Director, at 301-984-6073 or Email

JET (Jewish Experiences for Teens) aims to maximize the number of Jewish teens actively engaged in Jewish life.  JET  has a number of internships available for high school and college students.  Join our team of professionals and learn about the Greater Washington Jewish community.  All interns have the opportunity to strengthen new skills, develop a better understanding of the role the Jewish Federation has within the community and learn how a small office is structured.  Specific internships include:

  • website development: working with youth groups and other community youth organizations to post programs and activities on our site; developing an e-program bank; assisting with marketing the site      
  • general: works with JET in any capacity      
  • programmatic:  providing creative support to the program staff for direct service initiatives (Israel Fair, College Fair, Ambassadors for Tolerance, Teen Recognition Event).      
  • administrative: working with Israel Quest - primarily data entry; create e-lists to enhance communication between JET and other Informal Jewish Educators.

Please contact Tracy Kimball, JET Director at (301) 230 -7269 or email  For more information on JET, please check out


The Israel Aliyah and Programs Center is a professional service that assists North American Jews, students who consider visiting Israel for a short time, and for Jews who are considering making Aliyah to Israel (becoming citizens of Israel).  Their Rockville, MD office currently has two internship openings for high school students.  The Israel Aliyah Center Internship Program enables students to contribute to strengthening Israel by participating actively in their programs. 

Qualified applicants will have an interest in Pro-Israel activism and will have visited Israel at least once.

Work areas will include editing and publication, public relations, and creating press releases.  

This internship is a great way to gain valuable career experience, work in a professional atmosphere, and learn about Israel, Israel Programs and the Aliyah process.  

To apply:

Please contact Yair at 301-881-4407 or Email for more information.

The Washington Action Office of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, offers a rewarding three-to-four month internship program that teaches legislative advocacy, political action, and grassroots communication.  Through hands-on experience in the political process, interns develop and cultivate in-depth knowledge in a range of issues such as genetic nondiscrimination, violence against women, and US-Israel relations.  Interns provide support by attending coalition meetings, updating Hadassah s Public Policy Directors/Associates on legislative initiatives and efforts, and performing various administrative tasks.

Hadassah is a women's volunteer organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen America's partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society.  The Washington Action Office serves as the Washington, DC address representing Hadassah before the federal government and numerous coalition partners. We offer a casual and friendly work environment and seek to provide our interns with a challenging and rewarding educational experience.  A small stipend is available to qualified applicants.

To apply, please send your resume and short writing sample to:

Susan Schwartz
Hadassah Washington Action Office
5100 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

fax : (202) 363-465



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