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. CLIP matches undergraduate students who have an interest in pluralistic 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. Click here to apply!
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
CLIP is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applicants must commit to residing in the New York metropolitan area for the summer.
Application Process (for New York):
- Students apply to CLIP: New York and submit the non-refundable $20 application processing fee.
- CLIP screens applications and conducts first-round interview to assess cohort fit and placement considerations.
- CLIP forwards top applicants to a second interview with internship placements and builds a wait-list. Matches are based on the candidate’s interests and needs of the partner organizations.
- Placement supervisor and proposed candidate meet and mutually confirm match.
Important program dates
Priority deadline to apply: January 15
Final Deadline to apply: February 1
CLIP runs from May 31 to August 8
CLIP orientation and Shabbaton retreat: June 2 - June 4
First day on site: June 5
Closing ceremony: August 9
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.
- Friday Seminars: These educational seminars run during the day and cover topics such as identity and community building, leadership training, and, professional development.
- 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 movie night in Bryant Park.
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.