The Jewish Studies Program's internship offers students the opportunity to improve organizational skills and gain work experience in a variety of settings throughout the Washington Jewish community: museums, political and activist organizations, community centers, archives, philanthropic funds, and Israeli groups. Students will earn academic credits while contributing needed services to organizations or institutions. In recent years, Jewish Studies has placed students in the Anti-Defamation League, Seeds of Peace, the Jewish Community Center, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Hadassah, B'nai B'rith, and other such organizations.
Interns will keep a journal reflecting upon activities, the organization, and what the internship teaches about Jewish communal life. Students will also compile a portfolio of all materials produced during the internship. This portfolio will comprise of all written work such as memoranda, letters, reports, charts, and other written assignments.
Since Washington, D.C., is a center of Jewish organizational life, internships with over 60 local Jewish organizations devoted to community relations, religious activities, Israel, social welfare, and so on are offered for credit. The number of credits earned depends upon the number of hours of work. Students register for an internship after consultation with the Jewish Studies Program's Director.
Students have the opportunity to intern in three general areas:
U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (15th Street & Independence Ave.),
Washington, DC 20024-2150
Phone: 202-488-0400 Fax: 202-861-0520
RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER OF REFORM JUDAISM
2027 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-387-2800 Fax: 202-667-9070
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
1529 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-518-9400 Fax: 202-518-9420
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER WASHINGTON
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Email: See website for staff directory
THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH AGING SERVICES
2519 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-543-7500 Fax: 202-543-4090
"During my final semester I interned with J Street, the Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace lobby in Washington D.C. As a Print Journalism major and a Jewish Studies minor, the internship was the best work experience I had in college because I was able to pair my two studies together. The internship tested my skills in both groups of study and it was an opportunity that has helped shaped my career following college."
— Joshua Cook, Jewish Studies minor, SOC '10, Deputy New Media Director for the Feingold Senate Committee