Camp is an incredible place to develop and launch your career. FJC Internships are amazing opportunities to develop your skills and passions in your professional and academic interest areas, all through the lens of Jewish camp!
Foundation for Jewish Camp, and its partner organizations, are offering a menu of internship and fellowship opportunities for camp staff and young adults in 2023!
Options range from the full semester to just a few days, and everything in between. See below to learn about each internship option, eligibility, and application timeline.
In all of our internships and volunteer opportunities, we are seeking to create teams that reflect the diversity of camp staff from across North America, and around the world. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to ensure we get the best, most creative talent from the field.
Sending this info to your staff?
Direct them to our Virtual Staff Lounge to learn more about these internships and resources curated just for them!
2023 Internship Opportunities
Mental Health & Wellness (MESSH) Interns - Virtual
Youth and young adults experiencing mental health challenges are most likely to turn to peers for support, than to reach out to an adult or professional. The fourth cohort of the Jewish Camp Mental Health and Wellness internship leverages college-aged camp counselors as an important resource that can increase awareness and decrease stigma around mental health in the Jewish community. Interns will be given tools to remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness – educating themselves, their peers, and their campers through group learning and programmatic opportunities.
Interns engage in training on mental health awareness, advocacy, wellness through a Jewish lens. They build leadership skills, develop strong communication techniques, and will design activities to elevate mental health awareness and stigma reduction at camp. Interns will learn to articulate a connection between their Jewish identity, understanding of mental health, and sense of personal resilience.
Those returning to camp in Summer 2023 will receive a $200 stipend.
Please include a screenshot or PDF with a recommendation from a camp professional as part of the application.
Interns will also receive Youth Mental Health First Aid certification, valid for up to 3 years.
*Note: some additional time commit may be required for certification course completion.
This internship is in partnership with BaMidbar and is made possible by the Neshamot Women’s Impact Philanthropy Group of UJA-Federation of New York.
- Must be 18 years old by Oct. 20, 2022 to apply
- Should be returning to work at a Jewish camp in Summer 2023
- Required dates: 12-2pm ET every Tuesday & Thursday from Oct. 18 – Nov 22, 2022
Leaders Assembly Event Interns - In-Person
Leaders Assembly is a gathering for camp professionals from all over North America! This year, Leaders Assembly will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from December 4-6th. Event Interns at Leaders Assembly work alongside FJC staff to support the logistics and operations of the conference. In addition to their duties, interns attend educational workshops and professional development sessions that interest them, network with Jewish organizational leaders , and receive mentorship from leading Jewish camp professionals and educators.
Shared hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation costs from the Atlanta area are all covered by FJC. Interns will additionally earn a stipend of $300 for their work at the seminar.
Event Interns must live or go to school locally in the Atlanta area OR have a mechanism for covering their own air or train travel costs to Atlanta (Suggestions for finding funds for your air/train travel to Atlanta: talk to your university about funds available for professional development, reach out to your local camp community or Federation).
- Must be 18 years old by December 4, 2022 to apply
- Must live locally, or go to school locally, in the Atlanta area
- Required dates: December 4-6, 2022 in-person in Atlanta (full days)
Staff Advisory Council (SAC) - Virtual with In-Person Opportunities
Council members will advise FJC on current and future programmatic initiatives, innovation plans, and provide essential insights to improve the staff experience in the Jewish camping field. Special committees and taskforces will also be developed to address relevant field-wide concerns such as: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Jewish Education, Staff Mental Health & Wellness, and Staff Recruitment/Retention. SAC members will have the opportunity to network with Jewish camp professionals, share best practices, and learn from experts in the field of Jewish camp.
This is a volunteer opportunity, in which board members will gain key experience as lay leaders with a prominent international non-profit organization.
The SAC will meet once a month with the FJC team from November-April and will convene again shortly after the conclusion of camp for a post-summer reflection with an eye towards Summer 2024.
All applicants must be current camp counselors who worked at camp in the summer of 2022 and plan to return to camp for summer 2023.
- All applicants must be current camp staff members who worked at a Jewish camp in the summer of 2022. Preference will be given to those who plan to return to a Jewish camp for summer 2023
Cornerstone Event Interns – In-Person
Shared hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation costs within North America are all covered by FJC. Interns will additionally earn a stipend of $1500 for your work over the two seminars.
All are encouraged to apply!
Preference will be given to Cornerstone alumni and those working at camp in 2023.
- Must be 18 years old by January 9, 2023 to apply
- Required dates in-person at Capital Camps & Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA:
- Faculty Planning Seminar: January 9-12, 2023
- Cornerstone Seminar: May 18-25, 2023
Cornerstone Alumni Board (CAB) - Virtual
Members of the Cornerstone Alumni Board (CAB) will work with the FJC team as lay leaders to guide the themes and educational goals of the Cornerstone May Seminar.
Responsibilities will include: choosing the Cornerstone theme along with the FJC team, vetting program ideas and educational material, providing consultation to Cornerstone faculty on specific program ideas, and acting as a Cornerstone ambassador.
This is a volunteer opportunity, in which board members will gain key experience as lay leaders.
- Applicants must be alumni of the Cornerstone Fellowship.
Do you have general questions regarding internships? Contact Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org