Cleveland Hillel Foundation Summer Internship Program 2015

  • What is the Summer Internship Program?

The Summer Internship Program facilitates paid internship opportunities for Jewish college undergraduates, specifically rising juniors and seniors. Interns work for ten weeks at Cleveland-area businesses and nonprofit organizations and participate in activities including professional development seminars, exclusive excursions around Cleveland, and opportunities to interact with guest speakers and community professionals.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Cleveland Hillel Foundation is not responsible for housing or transportation. Applicants will not be considered for this Program unless they have secured housing and transportation before their scheduled interview.

Dates for Summer 2015 are Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, July 31, 2015.  Mandatory Orientation on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

  • Objectives of the Summer Internship Program
    1. Offer undergraduate students first-hand knowledge of the Greater Cleveland business and nonprofit communities
    2. Provide meaningful career-related work experience and professional development
    3. Increase local organizations’ capacity to conduct important short-term projects
    4. Stimulate interest in a career and life in the Cleveland area
    5. Expose students to a broad range of Cleveland opportunities
    6. Increase understanding and interaction with the local Jewish community


  • Structure of the Summer Internship Program

    a. Internship Placements

Interns work five (5) days per week in supervised placements in area businesses and non-profit organizations, and participate in Hillel programming on a few select days over the course of the summer. Opportunities are available in a variety of fields.  

b. Seminars
Participants convene for intensive educational programming related to professional development, issues in Cleveland, and the larger Jewish Community. Seminars weave together different learning modalities throughout the summer including directly experiencing the vibrant nature of life and civic involvement in Greater Cleveland.  Interns have the ability to network with guest speakers and community professionals.

  • Who is eligible for the Summer Internship Program?
    a. Any Jewish student (no older than 22 years old) who will be a college junior or senior.
    b. Any Jewish student with an interest in Greater Cleveland, civic involvement, and the Jewish community.

Other highly desirable qualifications include:
a. A strong academic record
b. Strong verbal and written communication skills
c. Basic sense of career direction

  • Compensation

All internship sites are responsible to remunerate students directly for their work.  Students can expect to be paid no less than minimum wage. 

  • Applying for the Summer Internship Program
  • 1. Complete the application, which can be downloaded from
  • 2. Include a recently updated resume
  • 3. Include a recent photo
  • 4. Email application, resume, and photo to Michelle Winograd, at [email protected]
  • 5. Once we receive your materials, you will be asked to sign up for an interview time slot. 

The application deadline for all materials is January 30, 2015.

An interview is required. Interviews will take place from February 2-6, 2015.

Application materials should be submitted via email to Michelle Winograd at [email protected]

  • The Application Process

Phase I – Obtaining eligibility for the Summer Internship Program
a. Complete the application form and make sure that the application, resume, and photo are submitted to the Cleveland Hillel Foundation no later than January 30, 2015.
b. Sign up for an interview.
c. Once you have interviewed, you will receive an email regarding your eligibility for the program.  Not all students will be moved forward to the next step.

Phase II – Internship Placement
a. Once eligible for the program, students will receive a login for a website to browse job descriptions and choose their top internship placement sites.  Resumes will be forwarded to employers based on these choices.
b. Employers will review candidates’ resumes and decide who will be interviewed for the positions.
c. Students will interview for positions and the ultimate hiring decisions will be made by the employers.

While we make every effort to assist students in achieving a summer internship, we cannot guarantee job placement.  We strongly advise that students make reasonable and appropriate selections when choosing their top placement choices.

  • Funding

The Summer Internship Program is made possible through support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and various other funders.


  • About the Cleveland Hillel Foundation

Founded in 1947, the Cleveland Hillel Foundation is the center of Jewish life for about 2,500 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in Cleveland and surrounding areas.

Hillel’s over-arching goal is to create informed, celebratory and satisfying Jewish communities for large numbers of Jewish students in the Cleveland area, deepening Jewish identity through social, intellectual, and spiritual participation and by offering diversified opportunities for engagement and understanding.

Hillel seeks to develop a broad range of campus and community-based programmatic and service oriented opportunities tailored to students’ special interests and needs, to promote student involvement in existing community-based services and to act as the convener of community leaders in the development of new student-focused initiatives.

Summer Internship Informational Video

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