The JCRC Internship Program

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) works with under-graduate and graduate college students interested in servings as Interns for a semester, an academic year, or a summer.

Interns support work within the JCRC’s four main pillars of government relations, Israel advocacy, intergroup relations, and social justice.  Our interns participate in exciting and meaningful projects and are given a unique insider’s view of our dynamic organization in action. As a JCRC intern you may be involved in legislative advocacy, program management, research, student education, event planning, and policy development.

Interns will be mentored by a staff member at the JCRC and will have significant opportunities to interact with the entire staff. 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

Government Relations:

  • Research/monitor upcoming legislation pertinent to our legislative priorities and policy resolutions.
  • Observe legislative sessions and other hearings on the State, County, and Local levels and monitor key discussions and legislation 
  • Assist in planning and staffing Advocacy Days 
  • Planning special community briefings and meetings with elected officials  
  • Programming assistance on local, state, federal government and/or Israel-related projects     

Israel Advocacy:

  • Work on Israel Advocacy Trainings 
  • Liaise with local synagogues and institutions about their Israel programming
  • Work with Israel Action Center on IEF

Intergroup Relations:

  • Work with interfaith organizations regarding government relations and advocacy
  • Liaise with local synagogues and institutions about their inter-group programming

Social Justice:

  • Research and preparation of periodic social justice newsletter, including possible interviewing of community agencies and institutions
  • Liaise with local synagogues and institutions about their social justice programming

In addition, the JCRC intern will have significant responsibility for implementing a peer education program called Student-to-Student, which prepares Jewish high schoolers for interaction with non-Jewish teens in the area with the goal of putting a “human face” to Judaism, thereby combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and intolerance.  This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Facilitate Student-to-Student presentations
  • Training and education of students for Student-to-Student program
  • Implementation of interfaith dialogues as part of Student-to-Student

Successful candidates for JCRC internships must demonstrate the following: 

  • Dedication to the values of the Jewish community and Israel advocacy
  • Awareness and consideration of the concerns and sensitivities of diverse religious and ethnic communities
  • Superb written and oral communication skills  
  • Strong computer capabilities including MS Office Suite and One Drive 
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task 
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail 
  • Self-motivation to take on projects and complete tasks 
  • Very responsible and trust-worthy
  • Good sense of humor
  • preference will be given to students in Master’s degree programs and undergraduate seniors/juniors

Compensation
Interns will either be paid or receive school credit.
Paid interns:

  • will receive Montgomery County, Maryland minimum wage 
  • will work 15-18 hours a week; days and hours are flexible

To apply, please email a resume and a letter of interest to:
Lisa Silverman, Operations Manager
lsilverman@jcouncil.org

Updated August 2021

 

Testimonials

"I found the site visits really beneficial – they showed me just how important each agency is to the Washington Jewish community, and vice versa. It was great to learn about the different services each agency provides for a different group in the community, and how all the agencies work in partnership to improve the Washington Jewish community."

—Monica

Intern, Israel Advocacy Center

“I loved that I had the opportunity to meet with leaders from various organizations including Operation Understanding and the Roots Project. Together, we formed lasting connections and developed strategies to improve our community. During those meetings, I was able to share my opinions and ideas. It was a great experience.”

—Sydney

Intern, Intergroup Relations

"It is rare to wake up feeling excited to go to work, but JCRC’s staff made me feel welcome from day one. I felt as if I were truly part of the team and loved seeing my research transform into resource guides,one-pagers, etc. We were also offered something very unique to the JCRC internship experiences: site visits. I enjoyed getting a nice “break” from my typical daily activities while still learning the direct impact JCRC has on the surrounding community." 

—Carly

Intern, Maryland Government and Community Relations

"Going on these site visits was very interesting, because it gave me the opportunity to see the other amazing work being done in the Jewish community and allowed me to see how intertwined all of the organizations really are. The different organizations have unique goals and objectives, but come together to benefit the community as a whole." 

—Robin

Intern, Virginia Government and Community Relations