Internships

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 the spring of 2022!

All internships are virtual (online) and are open to people without geographical barriers. Unless otherwise noted, all internships are open to former and current camp staff from Jewish day and overnight camps. 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.

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Spring 2022 Internship Opportunities

The Common Ground Internship for Day Camp Staff (ages 15-18)

The Common Ground Internship for day camp counselors explores and strengthens leadership skills in the areas of childcare, self-advocacy, and peer support and allyship. Twenty interns working at five Jewish day camps across North America will find form a community of peers and colleagues with whom they can exchange ideas and reflect on their camp experiences in real time. Staff can expect to leave the program as highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable camp leaders who use Judaism as a platform for continued learning and growth.

Who

Day Camp Staff, ages 15-18 from In The City Camps, The Pittsburgh JCC day camps, Sprout Brooklyn, Ramah Chicago, and Camp Shai.

Internship Details

The internship will convene virtually once a week for four weeks over the summer, up to 2 hours per meeting. Light reflection and reading between meetings may also be required.

Weekly virtual meetings will take place on Sundays beginning on July 10th, and ending on July 31st. Exact timing TBD.

Why

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to childcare, self-advocacy, and peer support and allyship, including holding space for mental health.
  •  Learn how camp skills are transferable to many industries and endeavors.
  •  Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish professionals.
  •  Earn a $150 stipend upon completion of the program.

Applications are now open. Click here to apply.

Questions? Reach out to Jenni at jenni@jewishcamp.org

Cornerstone Alumni Innovation & Engagement Internship

Applications are now closed

You were selected as a Cornerstone participant because you are a “cornerstone” of your camp community. With the skills and knowledge you gained with all of those summers at camp, you are surely make an impact on every community you are part of. As an Innovation & Engagement Intern you will be trained on the design and innovation process, and develop programmatic plans to reimagine the way you make that impact. Innovation & Engagement interns will each work on community projects – Jewish opportunities for their friends and networks – on campus, at camp, at work or wherever they may be.  Interns will have access to funding to make their community engagement projects into a reality, and the opportunity to connect with other amazing Cornerstone alumni from around the globe! 

Internship Dates

February 7-10th from 6-8pm eastern and April 11-12th from 6-8pm eastern (interns are required to participate in both sets of dates)

Interns will meet for an intensive in February to learn about innovation and design thinking as they brainstorm and plan for a project they will implement in the spring of 2022. During the spring, interns will implement their projects and gather again in April to discuss learnings and showcase them to leaders in the field of Jewish Camp.

Internship Details

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to the innovation process, event/program planning, community building and engagement.
  • Be part of strengthening connections within your own camp community.
  • Gain access to funds to implement activities for your camp community.
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish professionals.
  • Earn a $375 stipend upon completion of the program.

About You

  • You are an alum of FJC’s Cornerstone Fellowship (from any year 2003-2021!)
  • You are passionate about your camp community and want everyone to know it.
  • You bring strong organizational task management skills and attention to detail to your work.
  • You approach your work with energy and enthusiasm; and are a team player who is flexible, and excited to learn new skills and ways of doing things.

Questions? Reach out to Teri at teri@jewishcamp.org

Digital Engagement & ESports Internship

Applications are now closed.

This co-sponsored internship between Lost Tribe and FJC is a paid, 5 month program those seeking professional opportunities at the intersection of sports, technology, content creation, education and Jewish Camp. Interns will work with Lost Tribe, a global, year-round digital engagement initiative, that connects the next generation to Jewish life through esports, content and the community of gaming.  Each intern will coordinate monthly events for their own camp community – think online sports tournaments, trivia nights, Minecraft events, and more!  Individually and as a cohort, the interns will also participate in professional development and networking programs focused on esports, online content and brand building, and Jewish engagement. 

Internship Dates

February – June 2022 (about 16 hours/month) 

Internship Details

Interns will work approximately 3-4 hours per week on their own time. Twice a month, interns will meet as a group with the internship supervisor, and periodically at other times for professional development opportunities. 

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to technology, esports, content creation, community building and engagement. 
  • Be part of strengthening connections within your own camp community.  
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as from Lost Tribe, Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish professionals. 
  • Earn a $525 stipend at the end of the semester, and an additional $525 upon completion of your work at camp in summer 2022.

About You

  • You are 18-25 years old as of January 1, 2022. 
  • You have spent at least one summer working at a Jewish overnight camp.  
  • You plan to work at a Jewish overnight camp in the summer of 2022.  
  • You bring strong organizational task management skills and attention to detail to your work.

For more information, please contact Andrew Exler at andrew@losttribeesports.org.

Disabilities & Inclusion Internship - Overnight Camp

The application for this internship will open in February 2022.  Click here to let us know you are interested, and to receive an email announcement when the application goes live!

The Disabilities & Inclusion internship is an opportunity for overnight camp counselors to enhance and professionalize their knowledge and skills in this area.  Through a series of workshops, led by inclusion professionals across the field, counselors will be better prepared to work with campers with disabilities and to pursue opportunities to work with people with disabilities in the future.  Interns will work together to create a “back-pocket” resource guide to share with their peers at camp, this will include actionable steps counselors can take when confronted with a challenging situation or ways to be proactive once working with campers. It will also be the role of the interns to share the guide and how to use it with fellow counselors during the summer. 

Internship Dates

March & April 2022 (Exact dates TBA) 

Internship Details

Interns will participate in ten 90-minute sessions as a cohort.  Twice during the summer, each intern will have to meet with the inclusion supervisor.

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to  
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as from Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish and inclusion professionals. 
  • Earn a $250 stipend upon completion of your work at camp in summer 2022. 

Overnight camp counselors that will work in an inclusion program or bunk, as a 1:1 or shadow with a camper or have an interest in bringing skills supporting inclusion work to camp.

For more information, please contact Marissa Becker, marissa.becker@jewishcamp.org

Disabilities & Inclusion Internship - Day Camp

The application for this internship will open in February 2022. Click here to let us know you are interested, and to receive an email announcement when the application goes live!

The Disabilities & Inclusion internship is an opportunity for day camp counselors to enhance and professionalize their knowledge and skills in this area.  Through a series of workshops, led by inclusion professionals across the field, counselors will be better prepared to work with campers with disabilities and to pursue opportunities to work with people with disabilities in the future.  Interns will work together to create a “back-pocket” resource guide to share with their peers at camp, this will include actionable steps counselors can take when confronted with a challenging situation or ways to be proactive once working with campers. It will also be the role of the interns to share the guide and how to use it with fellow counselors during the summer. 

Internship Dates

April & May 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Internship Details

Interns will participate in 2 Sunday Afternoon 3 ½ hour trainings as a cohort. Twice during the summer, each intern will meet with the inclusion supervisor.

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to  
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as from Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish and inclusion professionals. 
  • Earn a $250 stipend upon completion of your work at camp in summer 2022. 

Day Camp counselors that will work in an inclusion program or group, as a 1:1 or shadow with a camper or have an interest in bringing skills supporting inclusion work to camp.

For more information, please contact Marissa Becker, marissa.becker@jewishcamp.org

Experiential Education Internship: Movies with a Message

Applications are now closed

Everyone loves a good movie – but not everyone understands how to leverage movies as powerful educational tools. In this internship, you will learn the important elements of an intentional movie viewing experience and how to provide that experience for others. Inspired by featured films, documentaries and all kinds of pop culture, interns will work in teams to create programming and resources for the field of Jewish camp that can be used by staff and campers this summer and all year round.  

Internship Dates

March 28th, April 4th, and April  11th from 3-6pm eastern  

Internship Details

Interns will meet once a week, three weeks in a row, to design, create and workshop their educational materials.  

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to creating high level educational content 
  • Combine your passion for pop culture with your passions for education and Jewish Camp! 
  • Be part of strengthening the field of Jewish camp by showcasing materials you created 
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish professionals. 
  • Earn a $200 stipend upon completion of the program.

About You

  • You are a camp person who loves learning how to impart new wisdom on your campers and co staff 
  • You are passionate about Jewish education and pop culture  
  • You bring strong organizational task management skills and attention to detail to your work. 
  • You approach your work with energy and enthusiasm; and are a team player who is flexible, and excited to learn new skills and ways of doing things. 

For more information, please contact Teri McGuire at teri@jewishcamp.org

Hadracha: Internship for Russian Speaking Jews

FJC invites summer 2022 camp staff from Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) backgrounds to join a 4-week paid virtual internship that will help you develop deeper understanding of your heritage, hone your leadership skills, and create tools to help bring your story and whole self to camp. The internship will allow participants to explore their RSJ identities through historical, social, and cultural lenses with a group of peers from similar backgrounds and will feature workshops with experts in camp-related subjects as well as guest speakers from the RSJ community. Interns will work together in small teams to create relevant projects to showcase to leaders in the field of Jewish Camp and bring them to life during their summers.

Applications are now open!  Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 28.

Internship Dates

Participants will meet virtually as a cohort twice a week for 4 weeks, up to 2 hours per meeting. In addition, interns will meet on their own in small teams to work on their team’s project.

Weekly virtual meetings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March & April 2022:

4/5, 4/7, 4/12, 4/14, 4/26, 4/28

Internship Details

Interns will meet online for 2 hours, twice a week, as a group. In addition, interns will meet in small groups on their own time to work on and complete their group projects. 

  •  Learn about the history and specificity of the RSJ community alongside your peers with similar backgrounds
  • Discuss cultural nuances and how they show up in a camp environment, and find ways to incorporate them into your camp experience
  • Receive practical advice and learn from leaders in the field of camp, Jewish education, and RSJ culture and history
  • Develop skills and gain knowledge to serve as a role model for RSJ campers at your camp
  • Earn a $300 stipend upon successful completion of the internship and your work at camp during summer 2022

About You

  • You are at least 18 years old as of March 1, 2022
  • You or at least one of your parents were born in countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU)
  • You live in North America and are committed to working at a North American Jewish camp during the summer 2022
  • Preference will be given to applicants with prior Jewish camp experience, who have not previously participated in Hadracha, and those applicants who are working at camps that are part of FJC’s RSJ Initiative

For more information, please contact Yevgeniy Klig,  yevgeniy.klig@jewishcamp.org

Mental Health & Wellness Internship - Jan. 21

Applications are now open!  Click here to apply.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 21st.

Youth and young adults experiencing mental health challenges are more likely to turn to peers for support than to reach out to an adult or professional. The Jewish Camp Mental Health and Wellness Internship, powered by BaMidbar, will provide camp counselors (18+) with resources for supporting cultures of mental health and wellness at camp. Interns will learn tools to: remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educate themselves and their peers, and appropriately support their campers. Bi-weekly trainings on mental health awareness, advocacy, wellness through a Jewish lens, and leadership development will be complimented by cohort community building, idea swapping, and resource development – creating real tools for counselors to put into action this summer. Through the program, Interns will learn to articulate a connection between their Jewish identity, understanding of mental health, and sense of personal resilience.  

Internship Dates

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-3pm ET, between March 8-31st (March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31) 

BaMidbar will lead 8 two-hour online sessions in consultation with FJC staff addressing Mental Health, wellness, links to Jewish wisdom/text/values, communication skills and creating open spaces, understanding stress-informed spaces, combatting stigma, etc. FJC staff will work with individuals on their internship projects (resource creation). A final session will include a “project showcase” for camp professionals and other community guests! 

Internship Details

  • Receive high-quality training to understanding more about mental health and wellness at camp to support campers, fellow staff, and camp culture. 
  • Receive QPR training, learning about suicide prevention and crisis de-escalation, which includes a 2-year certification.  
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America as well as BaMidbar and Foundation for Jewish Camp. 
  • Earn a $150 stipend upon completion of the program.

About You

  • You are at least 18 years old by March 8, 2022 
  • Preference will be given to those who have spent at least one summer working on camp staff and are committed to working at a day or overnight camp again in summer 2022

For more information, please contact Jill at jill@jewishcamp.org and Rachel at rachel.anszelowicz@jewishcamp.org

MESSH Graduate Student Fellowship - Jan. 21

Applications are now open!  Click here to apply.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 21st.

FJC is thrilled to launch the Mental, Emotional, Social, & Spiritual Health (MESSH) Fellowship for Graduate Students pursuing a mental health degree (MSW, PsyD, MHC, etc.). Camps are like cities; complex systems with different community members requiring a complex range of interventions and supports – the perfect training ground to gain real-life, field experience in mental health. In addition to spending your summer in a mental health role at camp, Fellows will participate together in a Community of Practice throughout the spring months– engaging in professional development, learning together and alongside practicing camp mental health professionals in preparation for the summer.   

This fellowship is Powered by the Yedid Nefesh initiative through the generous support of the Marcus Foundation.  

All Fellows will be expected to work at a day or overnight camp in FJC’s Network during Summer 2022 (you need not be connected with a camp prior to applying – all opportunities provide a stipend and/or credit and supervision)! 

Internship Dates

Online several times during the Spring semester (February – May 2022) and in-person at a camp throughout Summer 2022. 

Internship Details

  • Up to 6 online sessions (professional development workshops and Fellowship gatherings) between February – May 2022.  
  • Fellows are expected to work in-person at a camp participating in FJC’s Network during Summer 2022. 
  • Fellows will connect online once weekly while at camp throughout the summer for ongoing reflection and to support one another
  • Real Experience: Gain experience in the field, working in mental health in a summer camp setting. Learn about intake processes, navigating caregiver conversations, developing staff training curricula, crisis management, supporting children and adolescent campers, group dynamics, and more. 
  • Professional Development: Participate in workshops focused on some of the most common mental health challenges arising at camps today (depression, anxiety, disordered eating, supporting gender identity, self-harm, etc.). 
  • Stipend, Credit, Supervision: Summer jobs at camps are paid opportunities, or, Fellows may receive school credit/supervision along with a small stipend. Share your preference in your application responses, and FJC will do our best to provide to Fellows’ needs. 
  • Network: Build a network alongside other students and current mental health practitioners from across North America. 

About You

  • Currently enrolled in or soon completing a degree in a mental health field – Social Work, Psychology, School Counseling, Mental Health Counselor, Family Therapy, Psychiatry, etc. If unsure whether your program is eligible, please reach out to FJC! 
  • Interested in experiencing a wide range of mental health responsibilities that range from macro social work (designing staff training curriculum, intake conversations with caregivers, etc.) to micro (supporting group dynamics amongst a range of ages from children to adolescents, dealing with crisis situations, etc.). 
  • Excited by the vision of working by a lake or pool, talking over tie-dye, using lanyard or fishing to teach mindfulness or coping skills, and gaining real-life skills. 
  • Vaccinated against COVID-19 and have other up-to-date vaccinations as required by most public schools in the U.S. 
  • Permitted to work and/or study within the U.S. and/or Canada. 

For more information, please contact Jill Goldstein Smith at jill@jewishcamp.org.

Tzedek Tirdof Internship: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at LA Camps

The application for this internship will open in January 2022.  Click here to let us know you are interested, and to receive an email announcement when the application goes live!

How does the history and cultural diversity of Los Angeles impact your camp environment? How does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) show up at camp? Come together with a group of Los Angeles camp staff to learn how to be more attuned to issues of DEI in your camp environment and how to navigate these conversations with peers, camp leadership, and more. Interns will learn from experts in the field at the crossroads of DEI work and summer camp/youth education and to discuss relevant articles and thought pieces. Interns will work together to create projects to bring to life at camp in summer 2022. 

Internship Dates

All times are 4-5:30pm Pacific, except the Sunday, as noted below:

  • Monday, March 28
  • Wednesday, March 30
  • Monday, April 4
  • Wednesday, April 6
  • Project Day: Sunday, April 10; 10am-1pm Pacific
  • Monday, April 11
  • Wednesday, April 13

Interns will meet virtually twice a month  

Internship Details

  • Receive high-quality learning and training to understand DEI in a camp environment and its impact on staff, campers, and families. 
  • Learn how to navigate challenging conversations from a place of understanding and growth. 
  • Earn a $200 stipend upon successful completion of the internship and your work at camp in summer 2022.

About You

  • You are at least 18 years old by February 1, 2022  
  • You are committed to working at a Los Angeles area Jewish overnight or day camp in summer 2022. 
  • You worked at Jewish camp for at least one previous summer. 
  • Preference will be given to those staff who have already committed to summer 2022 and who have not yet participated in Tzedek Tirdof.

For more information, please contact Margalit Rosenthal at margalit@jewishcamp.org.

 

Do you have general questions regarding internships?  Contact Julie at julie@jewishcamp.org