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bronfman center engagement internship (bcei)

what: organizing internship

The Bronfman Center is hiring a diverse team of Engagement Interns who will take on significant responsibility both to expand our reach into new communities and social networks and to build sustainable communal infrastructure. Engagement Interns will gain experience in relationship-based engagement, community organizing, and project management.

where: bronfman center

The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU is the hub for Jewish student life in lower Manhattan. We are a pluralistic organization, meaning that we simultaneously celebrate the vibrancy in diversity and place a strong value on unique communal identities and experiences.

why: build community

New York City can offer so much - an internship, a job, networking opportunities, a wide variety of classes, and endless bars and clubs. However, the hardest commodity to come by is community. With an estimated 5,000 Jewish-identified students attending the schools we serve, there is significant community building to be done. We measure our success not in the number of folks who pass through our doors, but rather in the number of lives transformed over four years.

how: responsibilities

  • Build meaningful relationships with 60+ Jewish students throughout the year.

  • Support the Student Life Team in engaging with a broad cross-section of students in our community, developing deep relationships with a significant proportion of them.

  • Recruit for significant seasonal learning and Shabbat experiences.

  • Host Welcome Week (Friday, August 23rd through Sunday, September 1) with assistance and guidance from staff and other interns.

  • Engage with community members at ca. 7 Shabbatot each semester.

  • Commit 5-8 hours per week to this endeavor.

  • Participate in a cohort engagement training on Thursday, August 22nd

  • Meet bi-monthly with a 1:1 mentor and

  • Meet monthly with the entire student leadership cohort (BCEIs, JLF interns, Birthright interns, and social media interns).

Who: candidate qualifications

  • Investment in the mission and vision of the Bronfman Center

  • Passion for shaping the community’s future and for engaging with diverse individuals

  • Commitment to expanding personal social networks, developing new leadership skills, and dedicating time and effort to community building

  • Ability to commit to internship responsibilities, including being in NYC for the duration of the academic year (including Welcome Week 2019)

Specifically, we will give you:

  • Purposeful work: Creating community and making people feel welcomed and part of something greater is seriously holy work. You are becoming a part of people’s stories.

  • Skills for your life and your resume: Think community organizing, project management, fundraising, strategy, volunteer management, and high levels of learning.

  • A meaningful Jewish experience: By helping others figure out their place in the greater Jewish narrative, you will have the opportunity to explore your own and ask some deep questions with a group of thoughtful peers.

  • A powerful network: Each year dozens of alumni share how their job, roommate, or spouse came from the Bronfman Center network. This role positions you at the center of that ecosystem.

  • Fun: We work hard and play hard. And eat a lot of snacks.

  • Money: $750 stipend per academic year upon successful completion of their benchmarks.


Egalitarian Community Cohort

Students in this cohort will self-identify across the egalitarian or unaffiliated spectrum of Jewish life and will focus their energies on engaging non-affiliated, Conservative, Renewal, Reform, Reconstructionist, and “Just Jewish” students in tailored meaningful experiences in the Bronfman Center community.

This cohort will be supervised by Talia Gnessin.

JLIC Community Cohort

Students in this cohort will self-identify on the Orthodox spectrum and will focus their energies on engaging Orthodox students in tailored meaningful experiences in the Bronfman Center community.


This cohort will be supervised by Rabbi Joe Wolfson.

Ruderman Disability Inclusion Ambassador(s)

Students in this cohort will gain skills to bring an inclusion-informed lens to the work of campus engagement. These interns will receive additional, specialized training, including a required two-day trip to Washington DC (August 12-13). Interns will spend part or all of the first semester identifying the needs of our campus through outreach and relationship building with students, staff, and campus departments. Interns will then identify one area of focus, with the goal of building with students, staff, and campus departments. Interns will then identify one area of focus, with the goal of making the Bronfman Center community more accessible to and inclusive of folks with disabilities (broadly defined).
This cohort will be supervised by our Social Justice Fellow.


All applicants should submit an application here. With questions, contact Talia Gnessin at talia.gnessin@nyu.edu.

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