Applying to the Program
How do I apply to the program?
Just click the Apply link on the right side of this page and get started!
Do my references need to submit a letter of recommendation?
No, we will contact your references and ask them to complete a reference form.
How much is the summer stipend?
The stipend is $4,000 and will paid by the company you work for during the summer. The company will withhold taxes according to your personal financial situation.
Does my transcript need to be an official copy?
No, an unofficial copy is sufficient. We may choose to verify the transcript at our discretion.
When will I be notified of my acceptance in the program?
You will be notified by the end of March. We attempt to notify candidates of their acceptance as soon as possible and will notify you sooner whenever possible.
Do I have to be Jewish to apply?
No, however, a strong element of this program is focused on Jewish values and building Jewish community leaders so you must be interested in Jewish experiences and open to learning.
Can I list more than two references?
Yes, you may list up to three.
Who do I contact if I questions about the program?
Lynn Freedman at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis at LFreedman@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3778.
Who is eligible to apply?
You must be enrolled in a four-year college or university and currently in your sophomore or junior year of college. Additionally, we place an emphasis on students attending school in St. Louis or students who are originally from St. Louis.
When is my application due?
Friday, February 12, 2018.
The Interview Process
I’ve submitted my application, now what?
Following the submission of your application, our committee will review all applications. Following our initial screen, we will offer select candidates an interview opportunity.
I don’t live in St. Louis- will I be able to interview?
Yes, interviews are conducted both in person and via skype.
How will I be notified of my interview?
You will be notified via e-mail if you are being selected for an interview. Interviews take place in February or early March.
How should I dress for my interview?
This is a formal interview and we encourage candidates to dress professionally.
Do you have any tips to help me prepare for my interview?
Your university career center is a great resource. Many offer mock interviews which we encourage you take advantage of prior to your interview.
I've Been Accepted: What's Next?
Can you tell me more about the company matching process?
Following your acceptance into the internship program, we will work with you to understand your interests and what you hope to get out of the internship program. From there, we will work to find companies/non-profit organizations that we believe will be a great match. We will ask you to interview with the company to determine if it will be a good fit for both you and move forward from there!
What does the mentor match process look like?
One of the fantastic things about our program is the ability to receive incredible mentorship from leaders in the St. Louis Jewish community. We will work with you to understand your interests and what you hope to get out of a mentorship experience. From there, we’ll match you with someone who we believe will be a great mentor for you!
When will I meet my mentor?
Right before your internship begins, we will introduce you to your mentor and encourage you set-up a time to meet. You will have the opportunity to meet with your mentor several times throughout the summer.
What happens if I don’t have a car?
Ultimately, it’s your responsibly to ensure you have transportation to your internship site every day and because your internship site is unknown until we match you, having access to a car is a necessity for our program.
Summer in St. Louis
What happens if I don’t know anyone in St. Louis over the summer?
That’s okay! In fact, that’s great! We’ll help you connect with the other interns in the program during orientation and will have lots of social programs that happen throughout the summer. There is a ton happening in St. Louis during the summer and we’re excited to get you involved!
Where will I live?
We would be happy to talk about housing options with you and provide suggestions but ultimately you will be responsible for providing your own housing.
What kind of leadership development & networking opportunities are available for me?
We’re really proud of the opportunity for you to grow through your internship as well as the ability to broaden your horizons through the orientation and leadership development sessions we have planned. All interns will participate in a one-day pre-orientation as well as four ½ day leadership development sessions focusing on topics like communication skills, social justice, and acing an interview. You will also have the opportunity to connect with various leaders throughout the St. Louis community through these sessions.
How is this program funded?
This program is funded by generous Jewish Federation of St. Louis donors who believe in the importance of keeping our future Jewish leaders in St. Louis. Additionally, each business/non-profit that hosts an interns covers a portion of the stipend for our interns.
How much is the stipend?
$4,000. This will be paid out by the organization you work for at the intervals they determine, most often on the pay day aligned with their other staff members.