The Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders was created to inspire, support and retain the next generation of Jewish Leaders in the St. Louis community by providing meaningful engagement with St. Louis businesses, non-profits and community leaders.
- The Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders is an nine-week paid summer opportunity for college students.
- The students take on a 40 hours-per-week job, meet bi-weekly with a community mentor, and participate in networking and leadership development sessions.
- The Internship Experience will take place from May 30 – July 28, 2017.
Who are the Interns?
- The Interns are made up of a diverse group of students finishing their sophomore or junior year of college. Each student either attends school in St. Louis or is from the St. Louis area.
- Each Intern has a strong connection to St. Louis and interest in the St. Louis Jewish community. They are leaders in their communities, show strong potential to be exemplary employees, and have taken the initiative to partake in a competitive internship over their summer.
Benefits to Employers
- Each employer will receive a well-qualified intern with an interest in the employer’s field to complete meaningful work for nine weeks of the summer.
- Jewish Federation of St. Louis provides the opportunity to share the cost of hosting the intern and reduce the burden on the employer.
- The entire search process is professionally managed by Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Each employer interviews the Intern before a match is made. Employers have authority to accept or decline any Intern if it is not a good fit during this process.
- Each Intern will participate in an orientation to familiarize them with the process and experience of being an intern and ensure professional demeanor in the workplace.
Requirements of Employers
- The employer must provide meaningful work for the Intern to complete over an nine week period. This can be one large project or several small projects. It is preferable if the Intern is given their own assignments and not just assisting a team with general projects.
- The Intern will have an assigned supervisor from the employer. Supervisors should plan to meet with the Intern at a minimum every other week and support the growth of their Intern through coaching and educational opportunities.
- The employer must provide space and supplies that are needed to complete the work. For example: computer/laptop, desk space, software programs, etc.
- Applications for students to apply for The Internship Experience are open December 15, 2017 – February 17, 2017.
- After applications close, a Selection Committee will conduct formal interviews with qualified candidates in February and March.
- The 2017 Class will be selected by late March.
- Throughout March, the Selection Committee will work with each Intern to match them with a potential employer. Employers will then have the opportunity to interview the Intern and determine if it is a good fit. Interns and employers will have final matches by early April.
- Interns will start at their placement on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
To set up a one-on-one meeting to learn more about becoming an employer, contact Lynn Freedman at LFreedman@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3778 by February 17, 2017.
Testimonials from Past Employers