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Independent Work: Independent Studies, Internships, etc.

Independent Study Capstone (JS 1901)

Certificate students should enroll in JS 1901 in their final semester or at least after completing the majority of credits toward the certificate. Students should meet with the JS Coordinator/Advisor before registration for an initial discussion of the topic to be pursued and with the appropriate supervisor from among the Jewish Studies Affiliated Faculty. The Coordinator will act as supervisor in cases where no other faculty member can be identified. However, the Coordinator can turn down proposals for independent study on topics that cannot be supported by faculty and library resources at Pitt.

By the end of add/drop, students should submit to the coordinator: (1) the title of their project; (2) a paragraph describing the topic; (3) a description of outcomes: a research paper or short essays; (4) a timeline for the semester showing deadlines for reading, writing, and expected meetings with the supervisor. By the mid-point of the semester (date to be determined by the Coordinator) students are to submit a progress report and copies of any papers submitted to the supervisor thus far. The Coordinator will organize a colloquium late in the semester in which students will present their work orally to an audience of Jewish Studies Certificate students and faculty.

Internships for Credit (JS 1900)

Research Assistance--URA (JS 1904)

Teaching Assistance--UTA (JS 1905)

The Jewish Studies Program strongly encourages students to add experiential learning to their undergraduate education.

Check the website, the blog, and the Facebook page for information about currently available internships in the community, faculty research projects looking for research assitance, and courses in which UTA positions are available.  Students can also set up meetings with the JS Director or JS Undergraduate Coordinator who can help match students with internships and other oppportunitines.  Students can also ask faculty in courses you have taken about the possibility of becoming a UTA.

 

Here is a current list of internship opportunities:

 

TWO EASY STEPS

Step 1: Contact internship(s) below if you are interested and send a resume and e-mail/letter of interest.

Step 2: Once “hired” by the internship, contact Dr. Ben Gordon (bdg36@pitt.edu) to register for JS 1900 for the spring semester.

 

American Jewish Museum

Project:  Exhibition Research and Preparation

Credits/Time: 3 credits (average of 9 hours per week) in Spring 2017 (OR in Fall 2017)

Supervisor: Melissa Hiller, Director

Location: Squirrel Hill

Description: The American Jewish Museum explores diverse perspectives about Jewish art, philosophy and culture in as wide a scope as possible. It supports great, complex and bold ideas. It champions artists and art making. It believes art has the power to build communities, and it promotes interfaith and intergenerational explorations. Programs and exhibits are organized to include all members of the community regardless of religious affiliation. Because the museum is in a highly trafficked area within the JCC and is open to the public more than 90 hours a week, it attracts a wide audience and offers unparalleled educational opportunities. The objective of the AJM internship is to offer experience to individuals interested in participating in museum-related activities that delve into the connective tissue between Judaism, arts and culture, contemporary society and Pittsburgh’s distinct Jewish narrative. The internship is designed to expose young professionals to the principles of research, exhibition preparation, and museum management, giving interns practical experience.

Exhibition research and preparation: The AJM has exhibit-related opportunities in the following areas: research, educational outreach preparation, marketing, organization of collateral materials, labels and visitor interpretation, Web content, and administration.

The AJM is located in the JCC, so we offer complimentary JCC membership during the internship period.

More info/apply: Melissa Hiller at mhiller@jccpgh.org or 412-697-3231.

 

American Jewish Museum

Project:  Education

Credits/Time: 3 credits (average of 9 hours per week) in Spring 2017 (OR in Fall 2017)

Supervisor: Melissa Hiller, Director

Location: Squirrel Hill

Description: The American Jewish Museum explores diverse perspectives about Jewish art, philosophy and culture in as wide a scope as possible. It supports great, complex and bold ideas. It champions artists and art making. It believes art has the power to build communities, and it promotes interfaith and intergenerational explorations. Programs and exhibits are organized to include all members of the community regardless of religious affiliation. Because the museum is in a highly trafficked area within the JCC and is open to the public more than 90 hours a week, it attracts a wide audience and offers unparalleled educational opportunities. The objective of the AJM internship is to offer experience to individuals interested in participating in museum-related activities that delve into the connective tissue between Judaism, arts and culture, contemporary society and Pittsburgh’s distinct Jewish narrative. The internship is designed to expose young professionals to the principles of research, exhibition preparation, and museum management, giving interns practical experience.

Education: organizing docent program for upcoming exhibitions; preparing educational activities at the museum’s Resource/Education area, organizing exhibition-related activities

The ideal candidate is one who wishes to contribute in a substantive way to the museum, is articulate, able to think and react quickly and willing to do a wide variety of tasks. The intern will interact with JCC members, staff, vendors as well as the community-at-large.   

The AJM is located in the JCC, so we offer complimentary JCC membership during the internship period.

More info/apply: Melissa Hiller at mhiller@jccpgh.org or 412-697-3231.

 

HILLEL-JEWISH UNIVERSITY CENTER

Project: Ignite Summit

Credits/Time: 3 credits in Spring 2017 (average of 9 hours per week)

Supervisor: Danielle Kranjec, Senior Jewish Educator

Location: Oakland

Description: Spend 9 hours a week helping to plan and execute the HIllel JUC's second annual Ignite Summit, a weekend-long peer-led learning Shabbaton and conference. Tasks will include helping to organize materials and sessions for more than 250 undergraduates leading up to the Ignite Summit which will take place in March. After the Ignite Summit itself, the intern will work to analyze data regarding the participants and their experience. Prior experience developing peer-led programming at Hillel or on Jewish topics a plus but not required.

More info/apply: Danielle Kranjec at daniellek@hilleljuc.org

 

HOLOCAUST CENTER OF PITTSBURGH

Project:  The Butterfly Project Pittsburgh

Credits/Time: 2 credits in Spring 2017 (average of 6 hours a week) or 1 credit in Spring 2017 followed by 1 credit in Fall 2017 (average of 3 hours per week)

Supervisor: Lauren Bairnsfather, Director

Location: Greenfield/Squirrel Hill

Description: The Butterfly Project is an international effort to commemorate the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust.  The goal is to paint one butterfly for each child. The Project is based in San Diego, and each city that participates has put its own twist on the final product. The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh plans to paint between 1000 and 1800 butterflies, working with partners around the city. The intern will be involved in several aspects of the project. Responsibilities may include: Conducting research about children in the Holocaust and writing exhibition labels; communicating with partner organizations; participating in events as appropriate; contributing to the vision of the final exhibition, to open in Fall 2017.

More info/apply: Christina Sahovey, csahovey@hcpgh.org or 412-939-7289

 

 

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

Project: JTeenPgh Intern  

Credits/Time:  1-2 credits in Spring 2017 AND/OR Fall 2017 (3-6 hours per week)

Supervisor:  Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life

Location:  Squirrel Hill

Description:  This intern would work to support JTeenPgh and Pittsburgh’s Jewish teen youth groups network, including developing and guiding training programs for advisors who work with Jewish teens, supporting the JTeenPgh.com website of Jewish teen program offerings, creating meaningful resource guides for Jewish teens and their advisors in Pittsburgh, and advising Jewish teen program staff

More info/apply:  Carolyn Gerecht, cgerecht@jccpgh.org

 

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

Project: Jewish Life Social Media/Digital Signage Content

Credits/Time:  1-2 credits in Spring 2017 AND/OR Fall 2017 (3-6 hours per week)

Supervisor:  Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life

Location:  Squirrel Hill

Description:  This intern would be responsible for harvesting digital media of Jewish content that would be used in JCC social media and digital signage platforms.  The media would include videos, music videos, animations, quotes…. that relate to Jewish culture and holidays.

The intern should be well versed in digital media and Jewish culture.

More info/apply:  Carolyn Gerecht, cgerecht@jccpgh.org

 

JEWISH WOMEN’S ARCHIVE

Project:   Oral History Intern

Credits/Time:  1-2 credits in Spring 2017 AND/OR Fall 2017 (3-6 hours per week)

Supervisor:  Mikki Pugh, Director of Programs and Education

Location:  Boston, MA (but internship will be virtual/internet based)

DescriptionThe Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) is a national nonprofit dedicated to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America and beyond. Since it was founded in 1996, JWA has been a leader in the field of story collecting, becoming the largest repository of material about and voices of Jewish women, both celebrated and unheralded.

The JWA Oral History Intern will help organize, curate, and prepare first person testimonials (both audio and written) for inclusion in an upcoming exhibit about Jewish women’s involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement.

Interest in and knowledge about Jewish women’s history and story collecting; attention to detail; technologically savvy a plus.

More info/apply:  Please submit current resume and cover letter to http://jwa.org/aboutjwa/jobs/apply

 

JEWISH WOMEN’S ARCHIVE

Project:   This Week in History

Credits/Time:  1-2 credits in Spring 2017 (3-6 hours per week)

Supervisor:  Mikki Pugh, Director of Programs and Education

Location:  Boston, MA (but internship will be virtual/internet based)

DescriptionThis Week in History is a valuable historical resource presented by the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) that offers historical markers of important events in American Jewish women’s history. This May, the theme for Jewish American Heritage Month will be “Women and Leadership.” JWA is seeking an intern to help enhance the historical events throughout the year (but specifically in May) to create a robust collection of engaging, inspiring, and up-to-date, events in Jewish women’s history and leadership.Interest in Jewish women’s history; attention to detail; ability to conduct online and offline research

More info/apply:  Please submit current resume and cover letter to http://jwa.org/aboutjwa/jobs/apply

 

RAUH JEWISH ARCHIVES AT THE HEINZ HISTORY CENTER

Project:   Digital Humanities Internship

Credits/Time:  2-3 credits (6-9 hours per week) in Spring 2017 and/or Fall 2017

Supervisor:  David M. Schlitt, Director.

Location:  Strip District/Downtown

Description

The Senator John Heinz History Center seeks interns to develop new media and digital humanities initiatives for the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives. Interns will assist with the Rauh Jewish History Programs digitization projects, web design and publishing. In addition, interns are encouraged to explore new tools for historical interpretation, including augmented reality (Clio), digital humanities publishing platforms (Omeka, Scalar), and tools for spatial- and data analysis (XML, Neatline). Backgrounds in Jewish Studies and History and facility with computers are encouraged but not required.

More info/apply: David M. Schlitt  at dmschlitt@heinzhistorycenter.org

 

RAUH JEWISH ARCHIVES AT THE HEINZ HISTORY CENTER

Project:   Museum and Curatorial Internship

Credits/Time:  2-3 credits (6-9 hours per week) in Spring 2017 and/or Fall 2017

Supervisor:  David M. Schlitt, Director.

Location:  Strip District/Downtown

Description

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center seeks interns interested in the intersection of museum studies and Jewish history. Interns will study the holdings of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives with the aim of preparing both physical exhibitions for display at the Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, and digital exhibitions for the History Center website. Backgrounds in Jewish Studies and History are encouraged but not required.

More info/apply: David M. Schlitt  at dmschlitt@heinzhistorycenter.org