Internships

Spring 2020

2 or 4 Credit Internships are available with multiple community organizations.
Internships carry the "O" Gen Ed.
4 Credit Internship requires approximately 6 hours on-site with 6 hours additional work
2 Credit Internship requires approximately 3 hours on-site, 3 hours additional work.

Academic requirements might include:

  • Reading list
  • Weekly journal
  • Term paper or project
  • Students will meet as a group every two weeks to present on their not-for-profit, issue facing the organization and specific project goals and details.
  • Students who are interested in an internship should contact the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies for details and application information.

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.

Internships include:

  • Early childhood education internship at Hillel academy
  • Journalism internship at the reporter group
  • Temple Israel memorial plaque history project
  • Jewish federation community PJ library project

Journalism Internship

  • Name of organization: The Reporter Group
  • On-site Supervisor: Rabbi Rachel Esserman
  • Details of project: The intern will learn how to write articles about Jewish campus life and the local community. The intern will also have the opportunity to try writing different types of articles such as op-ed, interviews, etc. The intern will work with Executive Editor, Rabbi Rachel Esserman, to learn these skills.

PJ Library Internship

  • Name of organization: The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton
  • On-site Supervisor: Sima Auerbach
  • Details of project: The Jewish Federation of Binghamton offers a program called the PJ Library to children from 6 months to 8 years of age. The program sends a book of Jewish content each month to the home of those children who have enrolled. The intern will create and run two to three creative events/programs for the Spring semester. As part of planning these programs, the intern will contact all the people who are involved in PJ Library. Programs can be held at the JCC or any of the local synagogues.

History and Demographics Project Internship

  • Name of organization: Congregation Temple Israel
  • On-site Supervisor: Rabbi Geoffrey Brown

Jewish Family Service

Work with Jewish Family Service Director Roz Antoun in creating programs and understanding hands-on operation of a small, local, Jewish not-for-profit organization.

Early Childhood Education Internship

Image: Hillel Academy
Hillel Academy

Name of organization: Hillel Academy
On-site Supervisor: Dr. Caleb Conklin
Details of project: Work with staff and faculty at Hillel Academy to identify curricular and instructional needs. Internship might include developing a special program for students (art, music, Judaica, STEM).

Archival Development Internship

Name of organization: Congregation Temple Concord
On-site Supervisor: Carol Herz (Under the direction of the Archives Committee in consultation with Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell)
Details of project: The intern will work with historical records currently in storage in the mansion at Temple Concord. In addition the intern will:

  1. Become familiar with the document "Starting from Scratch Creating The Synagogue Archives" by Kevin Profitt
  2. Help to organize and sort records and ephemera of Temple Concord. This includes examining files to see if they are accurately dated and appropriately labeled
  3. Sort through individual folders for material that should be relocated or possibly copied to be included in more than one storage area
  4. Confer with the Archives Committee regarding material that can be re-organized or discarded
  5. Contact representatives from other Temple Committees to determine need for retaining certain records
  6. Identify items that are missing from archives and attempt to determine whether they are obtainable elsewhere (example: specific years where the Reporter Yearbook is missing from our files)
  7. Write periodic articles about the archive project for Temple Concord's Newsletter, Shelanu
  8. Prepare materials which will be submitted for online storage to the Binghamton University Past2Future Project who will return an electronic copy to us and the original materials
  9. Begin work on a written history of Temple Concord
  10. If time permits, organize archives of the Jewish Historical Society

Other Internships are available and can be arranged, depending on student interests.

Video of Madison Jackson's Exhibition at the Hannukah House Museum, November 2017

As always, check BUonline for the latest updates and the Harpur Bulletin for course descriptions and details. BUOnline is the official listing and has the latest updates.

Please contact Prof. Karp or Prof. Friedman with any questions

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Funded Summer Internships, Summer 2020

Application Process and Requirements:

  1. Letter of application explaining interest in and qualifications for the specific Internship you have chosen
  2. Resume
  3. Brief writing sample (i.e., essay or paper written for a course)
  4. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen eligible with minimum GPA: 3.3
  5. Preference given to Judaic Studies majors and minors

Funding Amount: $3,000

Applications should be submitted in .pdf format to Professor Randy Friedman (friedman@binghamton.edu).

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.

Application Deadline: Friday 9 February

Binghamton Judaic Studies – Jewish Women's Archive Summer Internship

The Department of Judaic Studies in cooperation with the Jewish Women's Archive is accepting applications for a 8 week paid internship at the JWA in Boston, MA.
Students will spend 8 weeks in June and July on site in Boston supporting JWA's new project Story Aperture. Story Aperture enables people of all ages to collect and share the untold and underrepresented stories of Jewish women through mobile technology. Training and mentoring will be provided by leading historians and professionals at JWA. Students with an interest in oral history, Judaism, social movements, and women and gender are encouraged to apply.

This is a unique opportunity for students to learn about a leading non profit-organization and public history organization from the inside.

Interns are responsible for securing their own housing. Student housing is available through numerous Boston universities, including Boston University, Boston College, Simmons, and Wheelock.

Read about previous interns in this great Inside Binghamton article.

About the Jewish Women's Archive
Mission: The Jewish Women's Archive documents Jewish women's stories, elevates their voices and inspires them to be agents of change.

Welcome to the Jewish Women's Archive, a national non-profit devoted to making known the stories, struggles and achievements of Jewish women in North America and beyond. Founded in 1995, JWA is committed to enriching the way we understand the past and ensuring a more inclusive future. Here you'll find the world's largest repository of material about and voices of Jewish women, both celebrated and unheralded. Come explore their bravery and legacies, honor and learn from their lives and ignite your own capacity to change the world.

JWA offers you knowledge, inspiration, role models, connection, community, and a treasure trove of resources. Search JWA's online Encyclopedia of Jewish women, download lesson plans and other educational materials, visit online exhibits on topics as diverse as "Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution" and "Katrina's Jewish Voices," discover book and film guides, view the growing collection of reminiscences of recently deceased Jewish women, and much more.

Binghamton Judaic Studies – Museum at Eldridge Street Summer Internship

The Museum at Eldridge Street offers three competitive internship opportunities: Early Childhood Education, Development, and Marketing and Social Media. Please specify for which internship you are applying.

A. Early Childhood Education
We are seeking an intern studying early childhood education and with a background/interest in art to:

1. Develop and enrich programs for our youngest visitors.

  • Observe our current school programs
  • Suggest ways to restructure programs as needed
  • Develop program handouts
  • Develop pre and post visit materials for teachers
  • Design art projects
  • Lead Shapes and Colors programs

2. Learn and lead holiday and school programs as needed.

3. Research and create art projects for our monthly family programs.

4. Help create an art gallery of student work scheduled for Spring, 2017.

The initial emphasis of the internship will be on our Pre K and family programs but the intern in this position will gain considerable experience in all areas of the museum education programs.

B. Development Strategies
The focus of this position is to learn Development Strategies from and assist the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in serving a broad donor constituency. Development areas include individual and major donor solicitation and stewardship; special events programming; foundation and corporate grants; government contracts; and acquisition and renewal direct print and email solicitations.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Stewardship, Donor Relations & Information Management:
  2. Assist in the cultivation and stewardship of potential individual donors
  3. Coordinate and manage donor records in DonorPerfect (training will be provided), personalized thank you letters, honor/memorial cards, sharing of email announcements and other information products for donors
  4. Assist in organizing and implementing cultivation events and annual Gala for new and renewed individual donors; assist in securing and coordinating in-kind contributions of items for silent and live fundraising auctions
  5. Assist in the movement of identified prospects through stages of the cultivate process leading to solicitation and stewardship
  6. Assist in the creation and ongoing stewardship of a membership program
  7. Help maintain existing fundraising systems and record keeping procedures in order to track current and potential donors and acknowledge, record and report all gifts and steward donors appropriately

Government, Foundation and Corporate Grants Management:

  1. Conduct grants research and proposal writing for existing and new institutional prospects and donors
  2. Assist in compiling grant packages for mailings
  3. Assist in grants records management, follow-up on pending and awarded proposals, and creation of mid-year and final reports
  4. Research government agencies for potential funding opportunities and help prepare government grant proposals, packaging and reporting

Direct Mail Campaigns and Membership Efforts:

  1. Assist in the development of direct mail solicitation materials
  2. Track and report on direct mail results
  3. Generate thank you letters and special notes

Qualifications:

  1. No fundraising/development experience necessary but an interest in learning about development for future employment at a not-for-profit organization is expected
  2. Strong writing and communications skills; interpersonal skills; and an ability to handle a multitude of tasks and deadlines;
  3. Good organizational skills
  4. Be self-motivated, able to recognize and communicate strategic opportunities, and able to work collaboratively in a results-orientated environment
  5. Resourcefulness, creativity, capacity for hard work, and a sense of humor
  6. Commitment to devoting 10 hours a week to the internship
  7. Strong computer skills

C. Marketing and Social Media Intern

Responsibilities:
The Marketing and Social Media Intern will assist the Museum's Deputy Director in the marketing of tours, cultural programs, and fall 2016 exhibitions. The intern will help identify media, PR and community contacts, and will assist in the marketing of the Museum's After Hours program and fall Festival. Additionally, the intern will research and write blog posts, assist in the implementation of the Museum's social media strategy (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and collect and record survey data.

Qualifications:
Interest in New York City history, Jewish culture and/or architecture/historic preservation, along with an interest in learning about PR and marketing. Strong research, writing and communication skills required. Must be a self-starter with initiative.

Requirements:
12-15 hours requirement. Work hours will be scheduled sometime between Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm. Occasional Evenings and Sundays as well.

About the Museum at Eldridge Street
The Museum at Eldridge Street is a cultural and educational center housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark. Exhibits, tours, cultural events and educational programs tell the story of Jewish immigrant life at the turn of the last century, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster inter-group collaboration and exchange. In 2007, we completed the $20 million, 20-year restoration and opened to a broad array of programming. The Museum attracts more than 40,000 visitors a year, including 8,000 K-12 school children.