Jewish Studies internships are an excellent way to become actively involved in learning. In addition to gaining hands on experience, internships may also fulfill your Jewish Studies Certificate capstone requirement.

Earn academic credit for a Jewish Studies internship in four easy steps:

Step 1. Arrange internship. Contact a Jewish Studies related internship(s) with your resume and letter of interest. Some local internships and contact persons are listed below.

Step 2. Register credits. After you have secured an internship position, contact JS director and advisor, Dr. Rachel Kranson ( to complete paperwork and register for JS 1900.

Step 3. Midterm meeting. Schedule a meeting with Dr. Rachel Kranson between five and seven weeks after the start of your internship (i.e. about halfway through the semester) to discuss your progress.

Step 4. Final paper. Submit a 600-700 word essay by the end of the semester about your internship experience. The essay should be a well-structured report about your work. Written in clear academic prose, the essay should explain what you accomplished, what skills you gained, and how the internship connected to your academic work in Jewish studies. A satisfactory (S) grade is based on your midterm meeting, final paper, as well as a midterm and final evaluation from your internship supervisor.


University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Student Intern at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Exhibition Opening, “The Art of Lazar Ran and His Contemporaries.”



In the past, students earning Jewish studies certificates have interned with the Israel Heritage Nationality Room at the Cathedral of Learning, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, the American Jewish Museum at the Squirrel Hill JCC, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Rodef Shalom Archives , and the Pitt Jewish studies program. Please contact Dr. Rachel Kranson (, to discuss the possibilities.