JLF Intern Job Description

Background:

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 (5) have a Jewish mentor to help them address life’s big questions. JLF takes on interns to support these goals.

Position Description:

The Fall 2018 Jewish Learning Fellowship Interns will serve from September 2018 through December 2018. 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 will serve as Hillel staff members in good standing at Shabbatot, public events, and major happenings.

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:

  1. Talking to Current Students Outside of Class
    Interns will engage with at least 2 students per week outside of class time. This can happen over coffee, dinner, or ice cream, etc. We define “talking to” as having a significant conversation beyond the casual banter of normal life.
  2. 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, sharing.
  3. 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 Birthright, Shabbat and Holiday Meals, and Hillel events. 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.
  4. Sending out a Weekly Email to their class
    On Wednesdays, 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.
  5. Attending All Ten Sessions, Plus the JLF Shabbat and JLF Commencement
    There are 10 JLF sessions, on Wednesday evenings beginning 9/26 (and taking a week off for Thanksgiving Break). There is also a JLF Shabbat experience on 11/2 and a commencement ceremony on 12/8. Interns are expected to attend all JLF experiences.

In addition, interns will:

  • Arrive 30 minutes early to help set up.
  • Stay 30 minutes after class to help clean up.
  • 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.

Compensation

  • Interns will receive a $150 stipend to be put toward a future Jewish experience.

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