CLIP: New York

The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) is a paid summer internship experience in New York City that seeks to foster and develop professional and lay leadership in the Jewish community. Housed at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, CLIP matches undergraduate students who have an interest in Jewish life and culture with engaging, substantive internships at a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and Jewish communal organizations, where they are provided with mentorship and guided development of new skills. Upon completion of the summer, interns receive a $2,300 stipend. Click here to see a list of past internship sites.

In addition to spending four days a week engaged in a professional work environment, interns gather together once a week for meaningful, peer-driven educational seminars, networking with some of the city’s best and brightest leaders.  Seminars cover topics such as identity and community building, leadership training, and professional development.

As a part of the 10-week program, CLIP interns participate in a peer-organized Shabbaton (weekend retreat), an afternoon of volunteer work, and a site visit to an agency in a professional field of interest. Interns also organize weekly social activities, where they can engage with one another in a casual environment outside of work.

At CLIP, we believe that conversations are the most robust—and learning the deepest—when there are multiple perspectives and experiences gathered around the table.  In that vein, CLIP strives to cultivate a cohort of talented individuals representative of the diversity of the Jewish community.

“I am forever changed because of my CLIP experience. I walk away from this program with a newly discovered confidence and a belief that I can take charge of any situation… I understand now better than ever before that that is how we grow and become leaders. We have to seek out new experiences. We have to push ourselves if we are to evolve personally and professionally. As for the future, I am more committed than ever before to work on behalf of others… I also realize that I enjoy being around people who want to give of themselves. There is something special about being in the company of others who see the big picture in life that makes me want to be that much more selfless. I found my niche because of CLIP, and it’s a good feeling.”
- Heather Kaufman, CLIP 2010 participant

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