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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 29 – July 27, 2018.

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 a 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 12, 2018.
  • After applications close, a Selection Committee will conduct formal interviews with qualified candidates in February and March.
  • The 2018 Cohort 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 29, 2018.


To set up a one-on-one meeting to learn more about becoming an employer, contact Lynn Freedman at or 314-442-3778 by February 12, 2018.


Testimonials from Past Employers

I found The Internship Experience valuable for our company, as well as for our Intern. If you are prepared to make the commitment to host a future community leader you can expect to move projects forward, gain new perspectives on your company and contribute to your Intern’s future success. The Jewish Federation offers a tremendous amount of support to make this program successful for everyone. – KristyAnn Pfister, Special Projects Manager, Cooperative Home Care, Inc.


I recommend this program as a powerful partnership of outstanding, young Jewish leaders and effective organizations who are delivering key programs and leadership throughout our region. Such a partnership helps students to grow in their development while providing organizations with the opportunity to benefit from the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of young leaders. It’s a wonderful combination for new thinking and change. – Rev. Dr. Martin J. Rafanan, Coordinator of Champions Programs, Missouri Jobs with Justice


Our Intern brought energy, knowledge and fresh ideas to the engineering lab. She interacted well with the current team and was able to take assignments and complete them successfully and on schedule. I believe the experience was of great benefit to our Intern and our company. –Jonathan Deutsch, President, DEMA Engineering Company