Rosenberg Internship Program
The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation (the “Foundation”) is providing grants of up to $3,000 each to college or graduate students who accept unpaid or low-paying internships with organizations in the following fields of interest:
- Antisemitism on campuses
- Anti-Israel activity on campuses
- Antisemitic hate crimes (in U.S. and in Europe)
- Holocaust denial
- Antisemitic discourse
- State-sponsored antisemitism
- Connecting Jewish youth to Jewish heritage
Students who are interested in exploring the impact of these issues on high school and college students (impact may be direct or indirect) are especially encouraged to apply. (The 2016 application deadline has passed — check back in late winter 2017 for details about 2017 summer grants.)
Students accepted to the program (the “Rosenberg Interns”) will be required to submit (1) a report that describes the work undertaken through the internship and how this work contributes to the field, or (2) a work prepared by the individual during the internship that itself makes a meaningful contribution to the literature in the field (such as an analysis with policy recommendations). (Scroll to bottom of page to see last year’s winners and their reports.)
The Executive Director of the Foundation will provide close guidance to the Rosenberg Interns regarding the writing/scholarship component of the program. The reports must be completed within three months of the conclusion of the internship, and will be posted by the Foundation on its website. Additional details are here.
Students may apply for the stipends to support either full- or part-time internships during the summer of 2016. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Foundation before securing an internship, as we may be able to help guide the student to appropriate organizations and refine the student’s ideas for areas of focus.
The selection of the recipients of the stipends will be made by the Board of the Foundation and its Executive Director.
For additional information, please contact us.
The 2016 recipients are:
Alice Albl is a third year student at The Ohio State University, interning with Open Hillel. Alice’s report is here.
Lauren Bernstein is a graduate student at New York University interning with the Anti-Defamation League in its Washington, DC office. Lauren’s report is here.
Shlomo Roiter Jesner is a third year student at the University of Cambridge, interning with the New York office of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Shlomo’s report is here.
Noam Safier is a senior at Yeshiva University interning with the Presidents Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations. Noam’s report is here.
Rebekah Sabo is a junior at Stockton University interning with the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center in Philadelphia. Rekehah’s report is here.
Rebecca Wertman is a graduate student at Columbia University interning with NGO Monitor in Jerusalem. Rebecca’s report is here.
See below for details (announced in 2015) of the Inaugural Rosenberg Internship winners.
In June 2015 the Foundation selected its first Rosenberg Interns, and worked with them over the summer, providing mentoring (which is still ongoing), feedback, and financial support for three exceptional students dedicating their summer to non-paying or low-paying internships.
Philip Blass is a senior at Yeshiva University studying History. He worked this summer with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, helping the leadership in its work (including on issues of antisemitism and Jewish security). Philip’s report on his summer with the Conference of Presidents is here.
Elena Hoffenberg is a senior at Harvard University studying History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Jewish Studies). She assisted the director of the American Jewish Peace Archive, collecting and organizing oral histories from Jewish peace activists from the 1967 War onward. One goal of this project is to help Jewish students active in promoting peace today be aware of the history (including successes and failures) of those who went before them. Elena’s report on her summer internship is here.
Rivka Baker Keusch is a junior studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her internship was with the Third Narrative Project at Ameinu, helping the group promote initiatives that increase empathy in debates about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and that help faculty and students oppose Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions against Israel (BDS) in general, and academic boycotts in particular. Her report is here.