Tuesday, April 12, 2011

JS 1900 Internship Possibility for Fall 2011

JS 1900
Fall 2011 & Spring 2012

Congregation Beth Shalom Seeking Fall and Spring Intern for Youth Department
Gain an Understanding of Informal Jewish Education

Network in the Pittsburgh Jewish community and gain experience working with youth of all ages by applying for an internship with Congregation Beth Shalom’s Youth Department for both the fall and spring semesters.
Beth Shalom, a Conservative synagogue located in Squirrel Hill, is seeking an intern for the Youth Department for the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming school year. The intern will assist with informal, educational programming for Beth Shalom’s four youth groups: Chaverim (K-2nd), Atid (3rd-5th), Kadima (6th-8th) and USY (9th-12th).
The internship is offered for 4 credits (6 hours a week) completed over 2 semesters, fall and spring – 2 credits per semester. The position will consist of both weekly office and program hours, as well as a formal academic paper related to informal Jewish education. Individual interns should coordinate the paper topic and requirements with the Jewish Studies Program prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
The position will ideally be filled by the same candidate both semesters, contingent on intern’s pre-determined availability as well as on an evaluation by both the synagogue’s Youth Department and The University of Pittsburgh’s Program of Jewish Studies at the end of the first semester.
Intern responsibilities include assisting the Youth Director with the planning of youth programs for Kindergarten to 12th grade students at Beth Shalom; marketing and promoting upcoming events in the synagogue and community; and assisting with Youth Department fundraisers and other programs throughout the year.
The intern should expect to attend Chaverim and Atid events, typically each held one Sunday afternoon a month (for a total of two per month), as well as one Shabbat morning youth service at Congregation Beth Shalom per month. Additional weekly hours will be completed in the Youth Department office at Beth Shalom.
Interns will need to obtain a Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Fingerprinting at the beginning of the internship. These background checks are easy to obtain and paid for by the synagogue.
Applicants should be flexible, creative, organized and reliable. Previous experience with youth groups or summer camps is preferred. This position offers substantial networking opportunities in the Pittsburgh Jewish community.
If interested, please email a resume and brief cover letter to Carolyn Gerecht, Youth Director at youthdirector@bethshalompgh.org or contact 412-421-2411 for more information.

To register for this for credit (JS 1900), you will need to contact me after being hired by Ms. Gerecht.

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