Internship Opportunities

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JWork Internships (Jewish Medical and Business Mentorship Programs)
Shabbat Internship
Jewish Learning Fellowship Internship

JWork Interns:
4 interns: 2 Medical and 2 Business (or related fields)
5-7 hours/week 

Position description:
The JWork interns are responsible for creating and implementing programs for Jewish UNC students interested in careers in Medicine or Business. This is the perfect internship for students who like to meet new people, expand their own personal and professional networks, and want to create a lasting program to help others in their careers. 

The JWork interns will each be expected to connect with 20 Jewish students who are excited to explore careers in the Medical or Business fields, and are not already engaged in Jewish life on campus.

JWork interns have three primary responsibilities:
  1. Founding and leading a new club at UNC for Jewish students in their chosen profession, including running programs for club members and, occasionally, the broader Chapel Hill community;
  2. Creating a mentorship program for students to connect with experienced professionals in their field (including coordinating the application and interview processes); and
  3. Peer engagement (getting to know students in the club, including their interests, concerns and Jewish stories), including hosting at least one Shabbat dinner for the students in their network each semester.

 What makes you a good candidate?

  • You love to meet new people.
  • You are majoring in Business, Economics, Pre-Med, Nursing, Public Health or a related field.
  • You are passionate about networking and career mentorship.
  • You are excited about the role Judaism or Jewish values play in your career interests.

In addition to professional development, mentorship opportunities, and learning experiences, interns who meet their programmatic and engagement goals will receive a $350 honorarium per semester.

Shabbat Interns:

2 interns

3-5 hours/week (primarily on Fridays)

Position Description:
Shabbat interns play a central role in crafting the weekly Shabbat experience at UNC Hillel. This is the perfect internship for anyone who loves Shabbat and wants to have a hand in programming at UNC Hillel.

Shabbat interns are responsible for coordinating all of the ritual elements of Shabbat (finding service leaders, identifying students to lead blessings and give a D’var Torah, making sure we have supplies like candles, etc.). Each Shabbat intern will need to attend at least two Shabbats each month (although attendance at all Shabbat programming is greatly encouraged!). These interns are also responsible for Shabbat engagement and ensuring that the UNC Hillel community is aware of Shabbat programming through outreach and social media promotion. Shabbat Interns are responsible for managing the Shabbat Task Force and working with Rabbi Melissa on Shabbat experience including menu, space, theme and engagement. Shabbat Interns are also responsible for serving as the liaison between the Shabbat Task Force and the Leadership Team to ensure students are aware of the weekly Shabbat program and are conducting the necessary outreach and engagement.

Apply for this position if:

  • You are passionate about Shabbat.
  • You live and breathe hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests) and want to make sure people feel welcome at Hillel.
  • You are comfortable in an engagement position and reaching out to students with whom you may not already have relationships.
  • You have a strong social media presence and are comfortable promoting Shabbat programming on your personal profiles as well as the Hillel pages.

Responsibilities include:

  • Shabbat ritual set-up and clean-up for at least two Shabbats each month (although attendance at all Shabbat programming is strongly encouraged!);
  • Shabbat engagement and outreach;
  • Assisting Rabbi Melissa in creating Shabbat experience (menu, theme, spatial design, etc.);
  • Working with the Shabbat Task Force to plan weekly Shabbat experience and innovations;
  • Working with service leaders to ensure service spaces are arranged in the correct way; and
  • Creating the weekly Shabbat Facebook event.

Shabbat Interns may be invited to join Rabbi Melissa and Michelle at a Workshop Shabbat Conference retreat in Southern California over Spring Break.


Shabbat Interns who meet the agreed upon expectations are eligible to receive a $250 honorarium, which will be paid after the conclusion of each semester (December 2018 and May 2019).

JLF Interns:

2 Interns

3-4 hours/week (Thursdays 6:00-8:30 pm plus a weekly meeting)


The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) seeks to cultivate students who: (1) love of the study of Torah, (2) live the Jewish calendar in a meaningful way, on their own terms, (3) have a Jewish social group, (4) participate in the broader Jewish community, and (5) have a Jewish mentor to help them address life’s big questions. JLF interns play a key role in achieving these goals.

Position description:

The Fall 2018 Jewish Learning Fellowship Interns will serve from August 2018 through December 2018. The primary internship task is to build community and one-on-one relationships with participants in the JLF group. JLF interns act as role models and maintain ongoing contact with the students with whom they have built relationships. Interns will serve as Hillel staff members in good standing at Shabbat dinners, public events, and major happenings.

Interns are asked to make this internship a priority throughout the semester and will work weekly with the JLF coordinator for ongoing training, mentorship, and supervision. Interns should anticipate spending 3-4 hours per week in the following areas:

Talking to current students outside of class

Interns will engage with at least one student per week outside of class time. This can happen over coffee, dinner, ice cream, etc. We define “talking to” as having a significant conversation beyond the casual banter of normal life. You’ll share the list of JLF students with the other JLF intern.

Showing interest and empathy in unique Jewish stories

Interns help students ‘find their stories’ and articulate them by asking open-ended questions, listening, and sharing, both in class and outside.

Inviting to communal activities

Newcomers do not participate if they are not invited. It is imperative to invite fellows to communal activities including, but not limited to, Birthright Israel, Shabbat and holiday meals, and other Hillel events.

Being a wingman / wingwoman

Interns not only invite students to activities, but go with them, sit by them, and introduce them to other people.  Far more important than inviting JLF students to activities is helping them feel at home and comfortable, and facilitating their presence as part of a community.

Sending out a weekly email to their class

Once a week, interns will send their class an email with important information, upcoming events, a summary of the last class, a teaser about the upcoming session, invitations to join you for Shabbat, etc.

In addition, interns will:

  • Arrive 30 minutes early to help set up;
  • Stay 30 minutes after class to help clean up;
  • Participate in discussions with an eye toward helping the group and facilitating conversation;
  • Be self-aware, kind, and giving;
  • Respond promptly to all forms of communication from any JLF or Hillel staff;
  • Treat members of the JLF and Hillel staff with courtesy and respect; and
  • Meet weekly with the full JLF team.

Internship dates:

JLF sessions are Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm

  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • October 11
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15

JLF Shabbat: Friday, October 5: 6:15pm-8:30pm

JLF Commencement: Sunday, December 2: 11:00am-12:30pm


JLF Interns who meet the agreed upon expectations are eligible to receive a $250 honorarium, which will be paid after the conclusion of JLF (December 2018).

Apply Here 

North Carolina Hillel Foundation
210 West Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 942-4057

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