The Talmud teaches us that in places where leadership is needed, we should all strive to be leaders. This value lies at the core of what we do. Through the various programs we offer, we aim to empower students to take active roles in shaping their communities through Hillel, on campus, and beyond. The leadership and professional development opportunities we provide have helped students develop their skillsets, build their resumes, and find their first jobs. Become a campus leader, participate in one of our community internship programs, or find another Jewish leadership opportunity that’s right for you.
We pride ourselves on being a stud-led, staff-supported organization. Becoming a board member or Hillel intern at one of our three campuses means that you will help influence the direction of the organization and take on the role of ambassador for Hillel on campus. Whether you’re passionate about marketing or photography, Jewish ritual or Israel education, there are a variety of ways you can help make an impact on your Hillel community.
The classroom doesn’t always prepare students for life beyond college. That’s where we come in. Hillel offers a variety of internships in the Jewish community for students with diverse fields of study.
Hazon Colorado Internship
Hazon is seeking several part-time interns to work 8-12 hours/week for the summer, and also is recruiting for the fall/winter semester. The internship is unpaid; we welcome the opportunity to cooperate with any university programs that provide credit. Primary responsibilities:
- Hazon is managing Ekar Farm, Denver’s Jewish Urban Farm. The intern will have the opportunity to assist Ekar in projects like: moving from traditional to regenerative farming practices, (which includes no-and-low till practices, DIY Solar, water conservation projects); developing and installing insect and other habitat on the site; and working with our Community Garden refugee partner (IRC); strengthening Denver’s food system by representing Hazon and Ekar in a wide range of collaborative projects; working with our food bank and food pantry partners to get our harvest to them;
- Optional: Teaching Days in the Dirt (this may be paid depending on Intern’s experience), our early childhood summer program;
- Optional: interns may work coaching our partner organizations in developing sustainability initiatives;
- Supporting staff in planning and running meetings of Hazon and Ekar’s Colorado Advisory Boards;
- Other work as needed and complementary to Hazon’s needs and intern’s interests and skills.
Hazon has benefited greatly from the presence of energetic and passionate interns. We are committed to offering interesting, fulfilling, and fun internship experiences to give you practical work experience and a firsthand view of a successful nonprofit organization. While you will provide some useful assistance to Hazon, you will gain valuable on-the-job training that will assist you with your future career search. You will have a supervisor who will work with you closely to set you own personal goals for your internship experience and help you develop marketable skills for your future. Your supervisor will be your resource to make sure you are on track and will meet with you regularly, providing effective feedback and meaningful guidance. Intern must have own computer, phone, and work space, and ability to get to and from Ekar Farm in Lowry. Interns are provided with real work and real responsibilities and we look for strong, mature candidates who can get the job done. The ideal candidate will be interested in (and perhaps
even passionate about) the intersection of food, sustainability and Jewish life, and be organized, responsible and reliable, self-motivated, detail-oriented, an excellent interpersonal communicator, have a professional demeanor, be comfortable communicating with new people, excited to learn new things, able to do small tasks while thinking big, and a team-player who contributes to a friendly work atmosphere.
To apply, contact Sue Salinger at Sue.Salinger@hazon.org or 720-434-0470
National and International Opportunities
There are many programs nationally and internationally that provide internships, fellowships, and learning opportunities for both undergraduates and young professionals. Read about these programs below and to learn how you can intern at a start-up in Tel Aviv, study organic farming through a Jewish lens, get involved in social justice causes, and much more!
- Onward Israel offers exciting resume building opportunities – internships, academic study and fellowships – providing a global, cross-cultural experience in Israel and direct contact with Israeli peers.The goal of Onward Israel’s programs is to provide participants with an immersive resume-building experience in Israel, featuring opportunities such as internships, academic courses, and fellowships.
- The Arava Institute offers an accredited university-level semester or yearlong program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Take courses in diverse environmental fields, engage in peacebuilding and environmental leadership seminars, and partake in educational field trips — all with a diverse student population hailing from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and beyond.
Opportunities in the U.S.:
- Hillel Springboard Fellowship - The Springboard Fellowship is a prestigious, paid, two-year fellowship that brings together the best, brightest and most diverse Jewish talent through a transformative early career experience in the Hillel movement.
- Amir is seeking young adults with a passion for education and food justice for its summer fellowship. Amir Farmers run educational programming at one of our 30+ summer camp partners across North America, using gardens pace as a medium for inspiring youth to serve their communities. Farmers come together at the beginning of the summer for a week-long Seminar to learn the nuts and bolts of gardening, as well has how to leverage Amir's curriculum.
- Brandeis Collegiate Institute is offering a 26 day program where students will be engaged through artistic exploration, spiritual reflection, outdoor exploration, and trans-denominational learning. Young Jewish adults from all over the world can engage in Jewish learning, arts, culture and an exploration of community and self.
- The TI Fellowship is designed to give participants a sense of what all aspects of life are like as a young Jewish professional living in Memphis, TN. The TI Fellowship is perfect for young Jewish adults- whether originally from Memphis or a potential transplant to the city- who want a head start on beginning a career in a great city that offers ample opportunity for career advancement and the chance to make a profound difference in the life of others. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3,000 for the successful completion of all the required program components.
- The Machon Kaplan Summer Internship Program is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C., it provides students with a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in study related to their internships and and making change more broadly, as well as an open reflective community with whom to share their experience.
- The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) is a paid summer internship experience in New York City that seeks to foster and develop professional and lay leadership in the Jewish community. CLIP matches undergraduate students who have an interest in pluralistic Jewish life and culture with engaging, substantive internships at a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and Jewish communal organizations, where they are provided with mentorship and guided development of new skills.
- Israel 21c - ISRAEL21c is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization and the publisher of an English-language online news magazine recognized as the single most diverse and reliable source of news and information about 21st century Israel.
The Israel21c Digital Ambassador Interns are a select group of college students in North America who feel passionate about Israel and use social media to spread fascinating stories about meaningful and positive things happening there. This is a paid internship! Our ambassadors receive a $1,000 stipend.
Post-college Opportunities in the U.S.:
- ADAMAH: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship is a 3-month leadership training program for Jewish young adults — ages 20–35 — in the summer or fall that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, teaching, and contemplative spiritual practice. Located at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut.
- Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship: The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (“the RAC”) is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The RAC engages with congregational professional and lay leaders, youth, adults and decision-makers and coalition partners, thereby strengthening the Reform Jewish community, improving communities by building relationships across lines of race, class and faith and preserving and advancing laws and policies in order to transform the world through the prism of tikkun olam so that all people experience a world of compassion, justice and wholeness. Being an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant (LA) at the RAC means getting involved and playing a pivotal role in their work: legislative advocacy, programs, communications, organizing and supporting the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.
- Institute of Southern Jewish Life Education Fellowship is a two year experience in Jewish communal services and leadership skills. Fellows will work to create a common body of Jewish knowledge through activities such as traveling twice a month to Jewish communities across the south, leading Shabbat and holiday services, organizing and directing an annual education conference, and helping teachers to implement a comprehensive religious school curriculum. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- The Repair The World Fellowship is an 11-month opportunity for young adults ages 21 to 26 to engage and challenge the Jewish community to address social justice issues through meaningful volunteering. Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change around education justice and food justice. The Fellowship takes place in Detroit, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Repair the World will provide training, a living stipend, communal housing, and other perks.