The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) seeks to cultivate students who: (1) love of the study of Torah, (2) live the Jewish calendar in a meaningful way, on their own terms, (3) have a Jewish social group, (4) participate in the broader Jewish community, and (5) have a Jewish mentor to help them address life’s big questions. JLF takes on interns to support these goals.
The Spring 2022 Jewish Learning Fellowship Intern(s) will serve in this capacity during the spring semester for the Life’s Big Questions cohort. The primary internship task is to build community and one-on-one relationships with participants in the JLF group. JLF interns act as role models and maintain ongoing contact with the students with whom they have built relationships.
Interns are asked to make this internship a priority throughout the semester and will work weekly with the JLF coordinator for ongoing training, mentorship, and supervision. Interns should anticipate spending 3-4 hours per week in the following areas:
- Talking to Current Students Outside of Class
Interns will engage with at least two students per week outside of class time. This can happen online, over Instagram, or possibly in-person (when it’s safe and permissible to do so, following university guidelines, and being socially distanced, with masks, etc). We define “talking to” as having a significant conversation beyond the casual banter of normal life. Interns will also go on at least one coffee date with each fellow (safety permitting).
- Showing Interest and Empathy in Unique Jewish Stories
Interns are to help students “find their stories” and articulate them by asking open-ended questions, listening, and sharing.
- Inviting to Communal Activities and Making Students Feel at Home
Newcomers do not participate if they are not invited. It is imperative to invite fellows to communal activities such as Hillel events, holiday experiences, and so on. Interns not only invite students to activities, but go with them, sit by them, and introduce them to other people. Far more important than inviting JLF students to activities is making them feel at home and comfortable there, facilitating their presence as part of a community.
- Sending out a Weekly Email to their class
Interns will send their class an email with important information, upcoming events, a summary of the last class, invitations to join you for Shabbat, etc.
- Attending All Ten Sessions and JLF Commencement
There are 10 JLF sessions, JLF Shabbat, and a commencement ceremony. See the fellowship page for a full schedule. Interns are expected to attend all JLF experiences.
In addition, interns will:
- Help recruit fellows before JLF begins, such as sharing Instagram stories/takeovers, reaching out to friends, and being creative in outreach.
- Participate in discussions with an eye toward helping the group. Help facilitate conversation.
- Be self-aware, kind, and giving.
- Respond promptly to all forms of communication from any JLF or Hillel staff.
- Treat members of the JLF and Hillel staff with courtesy and respect.
- Meet weekly with the full JLF team.
- Arrive 30 minutes early to help set up each session and stay up to 30 minutes late to help clean up.
- Interns will receive a $200 stipend to be put toward a future Jewish experience.
For More Information and To Apply
- Ready to apply? Fill out the application!
- After you apply, Rabbi Eric will reach out for an interview and conversation.
- For more information, reach out to Rabbi Eric, email@example.com
- Want to learn even more? Check out our new cohort, JLF Israel: Home & Homeland! (Interns can join JLF Israel in addition to their role as a JLF intern for Life’s Big Questions if they would like, but it is by no means required for this role.)
- Click here for more information about JLF.