We believe there are two essential ingredients to start your dream career: job experience and a vibrant network of peers and professionals. 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 public and private sector employers, where they are provided with mentorship and guided development of new skills.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
clip is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any school in any location. Applicants must commit to living within a commutable distance from NYC for the summer.
- Apply to CLIP: New York and submit the non-refundable $20 application processing fee.
- CLIP reviews your application and reaches out about next steps.
- CLIP forwards top applicants to a second interview with internship placements. Matches are based on the candidate’s interests and needs of the partner organizations.
- Placement supervisor and proposed candidate meet and mutually confirm the match.
- Intern signs contract within 7 days of offer and receives information about the best summer of their lives.
What are important dates to know?
[extended] Deadline to apply: february 15 at 8am
CLIP runs from May 30 to August 8
CLIP orientation: May 30 to June 1
First day at work: June 4
Closing ceremony: August 8
can i learn more from a real human?
You can! Julie Wichler will be facilitating brief webinars to share more about the placement process, paint a picture of the clip experience, and answer questions.
Conference calls will take place at the following times, eastern time:
- Tuesday, February 6th at 9am
- Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30pm
- Monday, February 12th at 6pm
- Wednesday, February 15th at 5pm
- Wednesday, February 22nd at 5pm
so you said interns get paid?
CLIP interns get paid a $2,300 stipend, in two installments, for their work throughout the summer. This stipend is dependent on interns meeting all of the goals set in their signed contract.
What are interns doing monday-thursday?
Each internship placement is different, as interns take on different roles in each organization based on their professional interests and the skills they want to gain for their future career. clip recommends that internship placements clerical work to make up 30% or less of a full portfolio.
What are friday Seminars?
On Fridays the CLIP cohort meets to dive into topics covering holistic leadership, identity development, professional advancement, feedback & active listening, community development, and education & encounters. Interns are encouraged to take an active role in leading and facilitating a number of these sessions throughout the summer.
who runs this show?
Julie Wichler, Senior Associate for Engagement and Education at the Bronfman Center, is coach, cheerleader, and team captain for all your CLIP needs. Throughout the summer, she and Dana Levinson Steiner, Senior Associate of Leadership and Strategic Partnerships, will meet with interns one-on-one and facilitate Friday seminars. Along with the CLIP fellow, Jeremy Nicholson, these three make up the CLIP staff.
What makes clip 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.
what's the deal with Pluralism?
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.
where have interns worked in the past?
This list is good example of past sites.
is there life After CLIP?
We hold several alumni events throughout the year, so interns are able to reconvene with their cohort beyond the summer. In the past we have organized alumni reunions, CLIP delegations to LimmudNY, and hosted 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.