23 Mar 2016 Second Annual Student Internship Program Announced
Contact: Kenneth Stern, Executive Director
March 23, 2016 ….. Brooklyn, New York. The Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation today announced it second annual Internship Support Program.
The program provides grants to college and graduate students who accept unpaid or low-paying internships with an organization (NGOs and not-for-profits) whose work aligns with the Foundation’s mission. The grants shall be used to support the recipient’s reasonable living expenses during the course of the internship.
“We are eager to support students who want to work with, and learn firsthand from, organizations that combat hatred and antisemitism,” said Justus Rosenberg, president of the Foundation. “As an integral part of the program,” Dr. Rosenberg added, “students will be mentored by our executive director, Kenneth Stern, a recognized international expert in hatred and antisemitism.”
The Foundation’s mission is “to support efforts to combat antisemitism and anti-Israel activity on campus, antisemitic hate crimes, Holocaust denial, antisemitic discourse, state-sponsored antisemitism, and other issues that have a direct impact on the growth of hatred and antisemitism.”
In its inaugural year (2015) three students received Rosenberg Internships. Elena Hoffenberg (Harvard) spent the summer working with the American Jewish Peace Archives organizing oral histories of Jews active in the peace process from 1967 onward; Rivka Baker Keusch (University of Chicago) worked with Ameinu on two projects: an initiative to increase empathy in debates about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and support for faculty and students opposing Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) again Israel; and Philip Blass (Yeshiva University) interned with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, working on issues of antisemitism and Jewish security.
Justus Rosenberg is the last surviving member of the Varian Fry group, which rescued hundreds of artists and intellectuals from the Nazis in Vichy France in 1940-41.
The maximum individual grant is $3,000. Applications for 2016 Rosenberg Internships can be submitted between April 1, 2016 and April 29, 2016. Information about the program and application materials are available at JKRFOUNDATION.ORG.
Kenneth S. Stern
JUSTUS & KARIN ROSENBERG FOUNDATION