Internships

Spring 2021 Community Internships - for Credit

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
  • Jewish History Museum planning and initial research

Please note that all in-person internships will require abiding by strict guidelines required by SUNY.

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.

Early Childhood Education Internship and Teaching Assistant

Name of organization: Hillel Academy
On-site Supervisor: Mrs. Sarah Macdougal
Details of project: Work Ganeinu educational program as a teaching intern and assistant working with our youngest students (4 years old). Ganeinu introduces students to customs and ceremonies, including Hebrew language, story-time, Challah making, songs and dance.

This Internship may be enrolled by multiple students.

The 3-4 year old group learns through play mostly. Story time. Challah making. English/Hebrew letter learning through puzzles, painting etc .. 8:30-11:45

Jewish History Museum of the Southern Tier

Name of organization: Congregation Temple Concord
On-site Supervisor: Lisa Blackwell
Details of project: The intern will work with Committee members in the planning and early stages of developing a museum of Jewish life in the Southern Tier.

The Southern Tier Jewish History Museum at Kilmer Mansion mission is to
inspire people from every background to connect with and preserve the history and culture of the Jewish community in Binghamton and throughout the Southern Tier. We accomplish this mission by:
• Collecting and preserving historical artifacts and archival materials that tell
the story of the Southern Tier’s Jewish heritage
• Providing high-quality, educational, and enjoyable exhibits and programs for
school students and the general public
• Placing the history of the Jewish people of Binghamton and the Southern
Tier into a regional, national, and international context

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

Previous Internships Opportunities

PJ Library Internship
Name of organization: The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton

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 synagogue

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 2021

We are hopeful that in-person internships will be possible this Summer. Each host institution is making alternative plans to host remote internships.

We currently partner with the Jewish Women's Archive (Boston), the Museum at Eldridge Street (NYC) and the Israel Policy Forum (NYC) to offer funded Summer Internships specifically for Binghamton students.  We are in the process of developing additional Summer internships with the support of our Judaic Studies Council.

Application Process and Requirements:

Deadline for application to the Jewish Women's Archive Internship is April 19th

  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: $3,500

Applicants should complete this form and submit the required documents in .pdf format to Professor Randy Friedman (friedman@binghamton.edu). Please include your last name in the file title (e.g. Friedman Resume).

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.

New Summer Internships

JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) Archives Internship

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is a global Jewish humanitarian assistance organization established in 1914. The JDC Archives, one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of modern Jewish history and of American humanitarian intervention, seeks an intern to work in Summer 2021 on exciting projects relating to its audiovisual and photo collections.

The more than 3,000 audiovisual holdings in the JDC Archives range from early silent films depicting JDC's work with Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union to footage from the post-WWII period to more contemporary videos of JDC’s humanitarian work in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Israel, and Latin America.  

The intern’s responsibilities will include viewing archival footage to provide or enhance descriptive information for audiovisual materials, cataloguing related items in the Archives’ database, and conducting research to enhance the description and contextual references, such as world events, geographic locations, and notable individuals, for photo acquisitions. 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate clear and effective communication skills and keen attention to detail. They will have an interest in audiovisual materials and a strong background in Jewish Studies, geography, and/or history. 


To learn more about the JDC Archives, visit our website and find us on Facebook!

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BBYO Jewish Enrichment Remote Internship

We're a global network of passionate professionals excited to make a difference in the lives of Jewish teens. We are the Jewish community's largest and fastest growing pluralistic platform for reaching and inspiring Jewish teens during the school-year with 600 teen-led local chapters and over 100 weekend retreats along with a plethora of summer experiences including Israel visits, global travel programs, and leadership camps. We work as a strong and inclusive team and every day is different by design. We are fast-paced, high energy and results driven.

As a Jewish Enrichment Intern your responsibilities will include:

  • Support the team in developing innovative experiences with high quality, Jewish content, that engage high school teens socially, culturally, communally, and intellectually
  • Inspire teens to embrace their Jewish journey
  • Promote and exemplify BBYO’s pluralistic commitment
  • Serve as a resource, providing guidance for teens in their preparation for programs, and activities

Role Requirements:

Enrollment in a degree program at Binghamton University
A creative and responsible self-starter who is comfortable with both taking initiative and working in collaboration with a team
Detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
A background in BBYO or similar youth/Jewish organization is preferred but not required
Availability to work 15-19 hours per week.  
Unrestricted authorization to work in the U.S. without holding a visa or sponsorship

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T​he new application deadline for the JWA Internship is Monday 19 April

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 between June and August on site in Boston. 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.

The Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is a national nonprofit dedicated to documenting Jewish women's stories, elevating their voices, and inspiring them to be agents of change.

Position: Oral History Intern

The Oral History Intern will work closely with both JWA’s Director of Programs and Chief of Staff to support current oral history projects, including JWA’s newest story collecting project, Story Aperture. The ideal candidate will be passionate and driven, interested in history and women’s rights, and have experience with digital content curation and archival material. For summer internships, a minimum of at least 16 hours per week is required. This is an unpaid position, but academic credit may be arranged.

Key Responsibilities

Review and curate audio, text, and visual submissions to JWA’s oral history projects
Assist in creating online exhibits to showcase oral history content 
Support promotion and marketing of oral history content

Experience & Qualifications

Understanding of and experience with archival materials and exhibits
Detail oriented
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to meet established deadlines
Excellent computer skills
Keen interest in the history of Jewish women and feminism 
Experience with digital editing software a plus

Opportunities

Gain unique insight into the inner workings of a nationally recognized non-profit
Gain increased understanding of oral history through a Jewish feminist lens
Learn about the rich history of Jewish women
Connect to an influential network of professional women and community partners
Receive professional advice and guidance from JWA’s talented staff
Build marketable professional skills

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

Programs and Visitor Experience Intern
The Programs and Visitor Experience Intern will work closely with the Museum’s Director of Public Engagement and Director of Programs and Visitor Experience to learn a wide array of museum management skills. This internship will likely be a hybrid of on-site and remote work. On-site interns will work closely with staff to welcome guests in a safe and organized way and provide assistance to visitors in the building. When not engaging with visitors, interns will work with staff members to help plan, promote and implement virtual programs, research visitor engagement strategies, assist with communications and public engagement, and other projects as they arise. Inters learn basic music management skills - including managing admissions, opening, closing, and more - as well as deeper skills related to strategy and capacity building at nonprofits.

The Museum at Eldridge Street is a non-sectarian Museum housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark built in 1887. Exhibitions, 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. 

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


40 hours requirement. Work hours can be flexible but will generally follow a schedule of Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Occasional Evenings and Sundays as well.

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Center for Israel Studies - Israel Policy Forum Internship

The IPF-Binghamton summer internship program provides college students who showcase an interest in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and applicable professional skills with an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the work of the Israel Policy Forum while receiving financial support from Binghamton’s Center for Israel Studies. 

IPF’s internship program provides college students with a stimulating learning experience in an intimate office setting. Due to the small size of the office, the intern is given a substantial amount of responsibility and is exposed to most aspects of IPF. The intern is responsible for various projects involving development, administration, event planning, programming, policy, and outreach. The internship provides individuals with the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace, as well as to expand their knowledge about international affairs and the Middle East conflict. 

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