JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Scholars Program
The JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Scholars Program is a comprehensive four-year educational and experiential learning program for Jewish female undergraduates that will enhance their educational experience, facilitate internship exploration and provide financial support to Scholars with demonstrated financial need. Our goal in offering this program is to reduce the cost of an undergraduate education, support the graduation of scholars and provide a foundation for post-graduate career opportunities.
Scholars in the program who financially and academically qualify will receive scholarships of up to $5,500 per academic year toward tuition or other educational expenses. In the summer of the junior year, those scholars who financially and academically qualify will receive a stipend of $3,500 toward an unpaid internship at an approved site in any career interest area that the scholar has identified.
The learning outcomes for JFEW/Binghamton Scholars include:
- Use of resources obtained through academic courses, advising and mentoring program to develop and shape career goals
- Engagement in a variety of activities and experiences to build knowledge about self, academic majors and careers
- Creation of connections with other JFEW Scholars on campus and with the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women
- Build relationships with faculty, staff, mentors and employers who can help facilitate Scholars' academic, professional and personal development
In Year One, Scholars will:
- Participate in a specialized orientation session with fellow Scholars
- Be invited to live in a specialized living-learning residential community
- Complete Passport to Career Success first year milestones
- Propose and implement a service learning project as a team
In the Second Year, Scholars will:
- Work with Career Consultants to seek out a job shadowing experience
- Complete application for Connections for Success Sophomore retreat
- Enroll in Winter CDCI 200 course with a deeper focus on career exploration (includes attendance at two NYC employer site visits and Metro Connections Night in New York City)
- Complete Passport to Career Success second year milestones
- Attend spring semester Connections for Success sophomore retreat weekend
In the Third Year, Scholars will:
- Attend a minimum of three Career Consulting appointments per semester to prepare for JFEW-funded summer internship
- Complete Passport to Career Success third year milestones
- Complete an unpaid 35 hour/week summer internship for a minimum of 8 weeks, supported with a $3,500 stipend from JFEW
- Complete CDCI 395 course and develop JFEW capstone project in the summer with their internship
In the Final Year, Scholars will:
- Attend a minimum of two Career Consulting appointments
- Present JFEW capstone project at poster session event for JFEW Scholars
- Complete Passport to Career Success senior year milestones
Program Eligibility and Selection Criteria
To participate in this program, female students are invited to apply after being offered admission to Binghamton University. Candidates must have strong high school academic records; be U.S. citizens, be eligible for citizenship or have employment authorization under Deferred Action Status; and identify as practicing the Jewish faith, whose permanent residence is within a 50-mile radius on New York City. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate financial need on the FAFSA. If you are interested in joining the JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Scholars Programs, please contact a Binghamton University Admissions Counselor. To learn more about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.