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Credit Bearing Community Internships

Fall 2019

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:

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
Details of project:

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

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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Last Updated: 5/16/19