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 twice a week for educational seminars. Interns are encouraged to take an active role in leading and facilitating a number of these sessions throughout the summer.
1) Wednesday Seminars: These educational seminars run during the day and cover topics such as identity and community building, leadership training, and, professional development.
2) Monday Evening Elective Series: Interns are required to choose at least four out of eight evening sessions. These elective programs are intended as additional learning opportunities and social events. Past topics include a resume workshop, a career networking night at UJA-Federation of New York, and a Tisha B’Av learning program.
Individualized Curriculum and Mentorship
As a program that emphasizes each student’s unique professional and Jewish path, CLIP staff takes elements from the weekly seminars and raises them in one-on-one meetings with students throughout the summer. These conversations allow students to check in on their goals – be they related to their Jewish path, their professionalism, or their social experience – without creating unrealistic and irrelevant standards that may be part of a one-size-fits-all curriculum. By clearly planning their professional experience in advance and addressing their personal goals throughout the summer, interns are able to maximize their internship and Jewish experience.
So Much More Than Just an Internship
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.
The Shabbaton is the highlight of the summer. The group spends all day Friday and Saturday together at a retreat center, returning to New York on Sunday afternoon. Student committees meet during CLIP seminars to plan the ritual, social, and educational components of the weekend.
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 and welcomes (and requires!) applicants from all Jewish backgrounds.
We hold several alumni events throughout the year, so interns are able to reconvene with their cohort beyond the summer. We organize alumni reunions, CLIP delegations to LimmudNY, and host one or more alumni tables at the Bronfman Center’s annual Shabbat for 2000. During the summer program we bring current interns together with alumni in career-mixers and an optional intern-alumni Shabbaton.
Heather Kaufman, CLIP: New York, 2010: “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.”
Want to learn more? Contact Jay Herman at email@example.com.