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Jewish Federation of St. Louis has launched its fifth year of a unique summer internship program that combines meaningful employment and a community connection experience for students who either live or study in St. Louis. Seven interns have been selected for The Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders, a nine-week paid summer opportunity that will provide employment at a local business or non-profit organization, a community mentor and opportunities for students to engage with the local Jewish community as part of a special cohort.

Meet the 2018 Interns:

Abbie Holtzman is a rising junior at Indiana University studying law and public policy. Abbie will be working at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) on projects involving advocacy and policy. JCRC is a public affairs organization working on behalf of the St. Louis Jewish community. JCRC represents synagogues and Jewish organizations on critical issues affecting Jews as individuals and as a community.

Abbi Moss is a rising senior at Case Western University studying medical anthropology and political science. Abbi will be working at Paraquad on projects involving disabilities rights and advocacy. Paraquad is an action-oriented organization focused on empowering people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity.

Sydney Pultman is a rising junior at Rollins College studying marketing and strategic communications. Sydney will be working at the Magic House interviewing visitors for an annual survey and other projects designed to improve the visitor experience. The Magic House is a not-for-profit children’s museum that engages in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic.

Brandon Raskin is a rising junior at Webster University studying finance and accounting. Brandon will be working at Metal Exchange Corporation on corporate financial reports and accounting projects. Metal Exchange Corporation is a commodity trading and manufacturing corporation that focuses on aluminum and nonferrous metals. Headquartered in St. Louis, Metal Exchange Corporation has several manufacturing facilities in the United States and sales offices throughout the United States and in Shanghai and Zurich.

Lia Schattner is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying chemical engineering. Lia will be working at DEMA Engineering this summer on a variety of processes and lab work. DEMA is a leading supplier of chemical dispensing systems, fluid control devices and industrial solenoid valves, strainers, pumps and injectors for virtually any industrial, institutional and professional market.

Marit Sosnoff is a rising senior at University of Missouri studying strategic communications and marketing. Marit will be working at The St. Louis Jewish Community Center (The J) on digital marketing projects. The J is a multigenerational gathering place, offering a variety of programs and services for the St. Louis Jewish community and the community at large. The J provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programming on its campuses in Creve Coeur, Chesterfield and at Camp Sabra, located at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Dan Wieder is a rising senior at University of Missouri studying finance and real estate. Dan will be working at Zoltek Corporation on corporate financial reports and accounting projects. Zoltek engages in the development, manufacturing and marketing of carbon fiber for various applications.

In addition to the internship, each student will be paired with a mentor in the community who will help guide them throughout the internship experience. Finally, all participants will engage in a series of leadership development sessions to help hone skills in areas such as networking, professional communication and professionalism.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is grateful for the support of the participating internship sites and community mentors who will be an integral part of the summer experience. To learn more about The Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders, visit