There’s no greater way to satisfy your curiosity than by jumping in and getting your feet wet. The Department of Judaic Studies has relationships with reputable and exciting companies looking for inquisitive and ambitious students to fulfill internship roles and participate in summer programs.
Internships and Summer Programs
Summer graduate Research Assistant Program, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC - The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies administers a summer program designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s (MA) degree program or in their first year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered. Students in all relevant disciplines are eligible, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. Assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research.
Fred Grubel Fellowship, Leo Baeck Institute
New York City- Paid summer internship program for a graduate student who will participate in work on a specific research topic (jointly determined by the candidate and the LBI) related to LBI collections, which can include archives, library, photo collection, and art collection. The research project should pertain to the lives of refugees of the 1930s and 1940s in New York. The fellow will be supervised by the director of research and will work on a day-to-day basis with archives and library staff. Ph.D. candidates from history, sociology, literature, or Jewish studies programs are eligible.
Seminar on archival and historical research, Center for Jewish History
New York City- The Center for Jewish History Seminar on Archival and Historical Research is a three-day program for rising college seniors, recent university and college graduates, M.A. students, and first- and second-year doctoral students to learn the skills and methods of conducting archival research within one of the premier research libraries in the United States. The seminar’s focus will be geared towards learning a variety of tools to access information and incorporate archival and library research into specific projects. In addition, participants will be introduced to the vast holdings of the Center’s partner organizations, and the ways those collections are created, stored, and preserved. Students from various disciplines are eligible, including history, Jewish studies, literature, religion, politics, sociology, anthropology, as well as area and regional studies. Each participant will have the opportunity to conduct their own research in the Center’s Reading Room, utilizing the full complement of the available research tools.
Summer school for graduate students in Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania / Hebrew University
Philadelphia, New York, Jerusalem - Summer school for students pursuing doctorates in all fields of Judaic studies. Open to all graduate students in the first three years of study. The objective of the school is to expand the academic horizons of the participants by exposing them to new approaches and areas of study. In small seminar settings focused on specific textual readings with senior faculty and some of the best and brightest students from North America, Europe, and Israel, the program creates a sense of social and intellectual connection among all participants, and exposes students to fields beyond their specific areas of specialization. Includes full or partial fellowships to successful candidates for travel and living expenses, depending on need.
Harris Center Graduate Research and Travel Grants
The Harris Center offers grants for M.A. and Ph.D. students in any discipline at UNL who are conducting research connected with Jewish Studies, broadly conceived. Selection is competitive, and applicants must be able to demonstrate that Jews, Judaism, Jewish texts, Jewish history, or Jewish culture are a key component of the project. The grant may be used for travel and/or material. Budget and budget justification required. Awards range up to $1500, depending upon the scope and nature of the proposed research and the number of recipients selected. The deadline is generally March 15. Awards are made for the following summer or next academic year.
Learn more about Graduate Funding, Visiting Research Fellowships & Grants and Fellowships for Dissertation Research & Writing here.
There are many summer programs offered by well-established, accredited American universities. Most grant transferable university credits, and many offer financial aid. Programs include general Jewish Studies, intensive Hebrew, and Yiddish language, literature, and culture.