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


intern info

learn about the internship experience and application process

learn about the internship experience and application process

employer info

learn about the employer experience and hosting process

learn about the employer experience and hosting process

the program
summer excelerator is a pilot, five-week long, paid internship program for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. summer excelerator matches high school students 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 training 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
summer excelerator is open to current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 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

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 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 get out of their offices and travel throughout nyc, building cohort dynamics 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. complete the online application and submit the non-refundable $20 application processing fee.* in the application, you will answer a few short questions about yourself and submit a transcript (unofficial or official), resume, and the name of a 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 the program fee is submitted.

*fee waivers and scholarships are available upon request.

applications for summer 2019 are now closed. If you are interested in joining the waitlist or would like to be notified when applications open for summer 2020, please be in touch with Beckie Hamroff at


what are important dates to know?

priority application deadline: march 1, 2019
application deadline: april 15, 2019

program dates: june 27, 2019 - august 2, 2019
orientation: june 27, 2019 - june 28, 2019
first day of work: july 1, 2019
shabbaton: july 26 - july 28, 2019
closing ceremony: august 2, 2019

interns will not attend their internships on july 4, 2019.

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?

summer excelerator is more than just an internship. the $1500 registration fee supports summer excelerator seminars, field trips, and social activities to make the summer more than just a professional experience. scholarships are available upon request.

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. summer excelerator recommends employers have clerical work make up no more than 30% of an intern’s work. what makes summer excelerator 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 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 summer excelerator, we believe conversations are the most robust—and learning the deepest—when multiple perspectives and experiences are gathered around the table. 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 beckie hamroff 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.

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