Internships

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. Irina Livezeanu (irinal@pitt.edu) to complete paperwork and register for JS 1900.*

Step 3. Midterm meeting. Schedule a meeting with Dr. Irina Livezeanu 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.

*Please note: This course is only offered in the fall and spring semesters. Paperwork and course registration must be completed prior to beginning the internship in order to receive credit. A permission number from Maureen Henderson (mmh47@pitt.edu) is required for course registration. To ensure a timely registration, please begin step 1 before the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.

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CURRENT JEWISH STUDIES INTERNSHIP OPTIONS

AMERICAN JEWISH MUSEUM

Project: Exhibition Research and Preparation

Credits/Time: 3 credits (average of 9 hours per week) in Spring 2020 (OR in Fall 2019)

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 2020 (OR in Fall 2019)

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.

JEWISH WOMEN’S ARCHIVE

Project: Oral History Intern

Credits/Time: 1-2 credits in Spring 2020 AND/OR Fall 2019 (3-6 hours per week)

Supervisor: Mikki Pugh, Director of Programs and Education

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

Description: The 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 2019 (3-6 hours per week)

Supervisor: Mikki Pugh, Director of Programs and Education

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

Description: This 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

JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM at the University of Pittsburgh

Project: Program Administration

Credits/Time: 3 credits (average 7 hours per week)

Supervisor: Irina Livezeanu, Director, Jewish Studies Program

Semester: Fall & Spring

Location: Oakland campus, 3532 Posvar Hall

Description: The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh brings together faculty from many departments who teach and do research on Jewish topics. The JSP provides financial and other resources to students, faculty, and the community. It organizes and sponsors events, conferences, and mini-courses, and offers an undergraduate Jewish Studies certificate. Interns help with special projects, electronic communications, and running & publicizing events.

Desirable skills: familiarity with Jewish culture, history, and the Jewish community. Graphic design. Excellent writing skills. Contact: Irina Livezeanu email irinal@pitt.edu or 412-648-7466.

RAUH JEWISH HISTORY PROGRAM & ARCHIVES AT THE SEN. JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER

Project: Museum and Curatorial Internship

Credits/Time: 2-3 credits (6-9 hours per week) in Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020

Supervisor: Eric Lidji, Director

Location: Strip District/Downtown

Description:

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives collects, preserves, and disseminates information about Jewish history in Western Pennsylvania. The program works closely with a diverse group of researchers, and it partners with organizations both in the Jewish community and beyond.

Interns may be asked to assist with tasks such as processing collections, responding to reference requests, conducting research and planning public programs. Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives staff will work with the intern to tailor an experience that will help meet their professional goals. More info/apply: Eric Lidji at eslidji@heinzhistorycenter.org

RODEF SHALOM CONGREGATION

Supervisor: Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications and Marketing

Credits/time: Flexible, min. 2-3 credits (6-8 hours per week) in Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Location: 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Description: Rodef Shalom Congregation has been a beacon in the Reform Jewish community for more than 150 years. From the middle of the 19th century onward, our congregation has pushed for the modernization of Jewish thought and practice. We are a congregation that’s made up of individuals and families; we are multi-generational, multi-cultural, and interfaith. Regardless of backgrounds, ours is a community that is socially engaged, spiritually mindful, and committed to ensuring the vitality of Jewish life across generations. Our Family Center is filled with kids’ activities; for teens, there are youth groups that offer opportunities to learn, engage in repairing the world and hang out with friends. Shabbat services are filled with music and meaningful teaching; concerts and films are enriching and entertaining. Stimulate your brain and keep learning with world-renowned speakers; check out our thought-provoking small study groups. We have educational opportunities for all ages. The intern will assist the Director of Communications and Marketing with the development of flyers, direct mail, invites, service brochure, weekly electronic newsletter and email blasts.

Desirable skills:

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Strong organizational skills with a keen attention to detail

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and Canva is a plus

More info/apply: Stephanie Rex by email at rex@rodefshalom.org or by phone at 412.621.6566.