summer excelerator


the summer excelerator is a selective, internship and leadership development program for current high school sophomore, juniors, and seniors at the bronfman center for jewish student life at new york university.

the program
the summer excelerator is a pilot, five-week long, paid internship program for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. summer excelerator matches high school juniors and seniors with internships at a variety of public and private sector employers throughout new york city. summer excelerator blends this real world professional experience with leadership development trainings and jewish identity building. summer excelerator uses new york city as its canvas for participants to explore their identities while gaining valuable professional and leadership skills.

who can apply
the summer excelerator is open to rising juniors and seniors in high school. if you’re driven, interested in gaining real-world experience, and self-identify as jewish, we encourage you to apply!

applicants must commit to living within a commutable distance from nyc for the summer. we do not provide housing to participate in the program at this time.

why you should apply

the summer excelerator is a real-world, professional experience that’s more than just a job. you’ll gain:

  • confidence as you apply for college knowing you have a university-based program on your resume.

  • entrepreneurial skills that will put you a step ahead of your peers.

  • a new network of friends and colleagues that will contribute to a life-changing summer.

by participating in the summer excelerator, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be a student at nyu by receiving access to nyu’s campus and facilities.  and the best part? after the summer you’ll receive a $500 stipend and an nyu certificate of completion demonstrating your participation in the program.

program details:

interns will attend their internships from tuesdays through thursdays. interns will determine their hours with their employers, but most interns will work from 9am - 5pm or 10am - 6pm. interns will receive a 30 day metrocard to commute to work and program activities to use for the duration of the program.

each week, interns will participate in two intensives:

monday (exploration days): interns will explore museums and cultural sites and will volunteer locally. interns will get out of their offices and throughout nyc in order to build cohort and leadership skills.

friday (leadership days): interns will explore leadership development, jewish identity, and professionalism through interactive seminars. topics of seminars include: social innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and personality, and jewish community in new york city.

application process:

  1. apply to the summer excelerator and submit the non-refundable $20 application processing fee.* in the application, you’ll be asked to answer a few short questions about yourself and submit a transcript (unofficial or official), resume, and reference.

  2. we’ll review your application and invite you to participate in a first round interview.

  3. we then forward our top applicants to a second interview with internship placements. matches are based on the applicant’s interests and needs of the placement organizations.

  4. placement supervisor and applicant confirm the match. if the match is not confirmed, we we will put you on a waitlist for another placement.

  5. intern signs contract and pays program fee* within 7 days of offer and receives information about the best summer of their lives. your placement is not guaranteed until you have submitted the program fee.

*fee waivers and scholarships are available upon request.


what are important dates to know?

program dates: june 27 - august 2
orientation: june 27 - june 28
first day of work: july 1
shabbaton: july 12 - july 13
closing ceremony: august 2

interns will not attend their internships on july 4.

so you said interns get paid?

interns receive a $500 stipend upon completion of their internship. missed internship, exploration, or leadership days may result in a deduction of stipend.

why is there a participation fee?

the summer excelerator is more than just an internship. the registration fee of $1500 helps us provide seminars, field trips, and fun to make your summer more than just professional experience. scholarships are available.

what are interns doing tuesday-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 careers. the summer excelerator recommends to employers that clerical work should make up 30% or less of an intern’s work over the summer. what makes the summer excelerator so much more than just an internship?as a part of the five-week program, interns participate in volunteer work, site visits throughout new york city, and a peer-designed shabbaton (weekend retreat).
the shabbaton is the highlight of the summer. the cohort spends all day friday and saturday together at a retreat center, returning to new york on sunday afternoon. participants will use design thinking to learn about one another and plan the ritual, social, and educational components of the weekend.

what's the deal with pluralism?

at the summer excelerator, we believe that conversations are the most robust—and learning the deepest—when there are multiple perspectives and experiences gathered around the table. the summer excelerator 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.

questions? email alyssa tischler at

Summer Excelerator is a recipient of support from the New York Teen Initiative. The New York Teen Initiative is jointly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Jewish Education Project serves as lead operator of the initiative.