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Hillel Idea Lab for Social Innovation:

Do you have an idea that can make CWRU a better place for students?



1) What is it?

Hillel Idea Lab is a 10-week experience for undergraduate change-makers at CWRU to launch awesome initiatives that enhance campus life based on a personal passion or interest with Hillel’s support. As an Innovator you will have access to leadership and career workshops, project and professional development, personal brand development, and more. You will be connected to a social network of like-minded students from diverse social, community, and religious backgrounds.

Hillel Idea Lab is a safe and equitable space and is open to students of all academic backgrounds and levels of experience. 

2) What you get


  • As an Innovator of the Idea Lab you will receive access to mentors invested in your personal growth and the success of your project, resources to cultivate your passions, exclusive leadership development workshops, and professional networking opportunities.

  • You will have regular meetings with your personal mentor, present your ideas to your peers in a think-tank setting, and participate in a project showcase at the culmination of the program.

  • During the 10 week experience, you will have access to seed funding to make your idea a reality and launch your project.

  • Innovators with scalable projects will have the ability to apply to the Idea Lab for a second term. 

3) Who you are & what you bring to the table


  • Hillel Idea Lab Innovators are passionate, fun, able to think outside the box, and care deeply about an issue in our community.

  • You are a self-starter who is interested in collaboration and wants to grow as a person and as a leader.

  • You have a passion or idea- big or small, complete or incomplete- and will work hard to make it happen.

  • You will bring creativity and a willingness to try new things.

  • You are not afraid of taking risks because you see the value in learning from both successes and constructive failures. 

4) What you will do


You will be expected to commit an average of two hours per week to Hillel Idea Lab. This time includes individual project development time, workshops, and mentorship meetings. If this sounds like you, apply to Hillel Idea Lab and invest in yourself. 

5) Summary


Hillel Idea Lab is a unique hands-on experience where you can advance and explore your personal and professional goals. Join us to invest in your ideas and make our community a better place!

Examples of projects:

  • Create an ongoing volunteer opportunity that increases food accessibility in University Circle 

  • Mobilize a group of students to promote coexistence 

  • Lead a group about issues surrounding local gentrification and create a program to fight it

  • Organize a campus wellness or women’s health campaign

  • Start a book club to learn about racial justice and run a campaign on campus based on what you learned

  • Build an app that enhances the campus experience

  • *insert your great idea here*

6) How do I apply? 

Click here to apply

Applications will close on Tuesday, October 5. 

7) Who do I contact if I have questions?


Contact Nicki (ngreenberg@clevelandhillel.org) or Jill (jross@clevelandhillel.org) with any questions!