The Builders of Jewish Education-Lainer Internship Program is a one-and-a-half year sequence of experiences aimed at recruiting new professionals into the field of Jewish education.
The internship experience begins during a spring semester studying abroad at Haifa University, Hebrew University, or Tel Aviv University in Israel. In this first semester, interns take a specially designed three-credit course in Jewish education, participate in three co-curricular activities, and also complete a for-credit internship in the field of Jewish education. Upon return to their North American universities, interns are paired with Jewish education mentors, connected with Jewish education-related internships, and brought together for a nearly completely subsidized weekend seminar in the fall. The program also provides professional development, networking, and job search support in this final year.
The program is open to current juniors in North American colleges and universities who have been actively involved during their high school and college years in both formal and informal Jewish experiences, who are exploring ways to enhance their personal involvement in the Jewish community, and who are interested in the field of Jewish education. After graduation, fellows usually pursue graduate degrees in Jewish education or Jewish community service, accept teaching or administrative positions in Jewish educational and community organizations, study advanced Judaica at institutions in Israel, or make Jewish education part of their lives while pursuing other work or study plans.
Note: The program accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, but candidates must apply in time to take part in a study abroad program in Israel during the spring of their junior year.