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Jewish Work, Volunteer, and Travel Opportunities for College Students

There are dozens of opportunities for college-aged students to stay connected to, explore, and experience Reform Jewish life both on and off campus. Find a program that’s right for you.

Staff & Internships

Staff a youth group event: NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement is looking for college students to work and volunteer at regional youth group events as cabin staff, program assistants, transportation staff, pre-event administrative staff, and more. Apply for NFTY event staff positions.

Work at a Reform Jewish summer camp or program: Union for Reform Judaism Youth Programs are looking for college students to serve as summer staff = in a variety of roles and locations. As staff at a Reform Jewish summer camp, Mitzvah Corps, or Israel program, you’ll support kids and teens as they build skills and confidence, learn about their Jewish identity, and foster lifelong connections to the Jewish community. Apply for URJ summer program staff positions.

Staff a social justice seminar: The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is looking for college students to serve as staff assistants for its L’Taken Social Justice Seminars in January, February, and March. As a staff assistant, you’ll help engage high school students in a meaningful Jewish social justice weekend experience in Washington, D.C. Apply for RAC internships.

Intern in Washington, D.C. during the school year: The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is looking for college students to intern in its Washington, D.C., office during the school year. As an intern, you will assist with communications, research, database management, program preparation, and more. Apply for RAC L’Taken staff assistant internships.

Intern in New York City during the summer: Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP), based at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, is a paid summer internship experience in New York City. Students will be matched with an engaging internship at a variety of organizations, including the Union for Reform Judaism. Apply for a summer internship in NYC.

Jewish Learning & Leadership

Participate in Machon Kaplan this summer in Washington, D.C.: During the summer, join the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for a series of events about Jewish social justice, open to all Jewish college students who are working and interning in the capital. Sign up for Machon Kaplan.

Become an HUC-JIR Founders Fellow: Each year, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion empowers a cohort of college students to create new Jewish ideas and implement them on their campuses. This leadership incubator includes a retreat in New York City, followed by guided mentorship and support, as well as a project stipend. Apply to be an HUC-JIR Founders Fellow.

Attend an HUC-JIR retreat: Throughout the year, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion hosts several weekend retreats for college students to explore and engage in discussions and workshops, celebrate Shabbat, and meet students from around North America. Sign up to attend an HUC-JIR retreat.

Program Grants

Apply for a Reform On Campus Grant: Throughout the year, Men of Reform Judaism provides grants up to $500 for a one-time event or $750 for a series of events that build and strengthen Reform Judaism on campus. Apply for a Reform On Campus Grant.

Apply for a URJ On Campus Grant: Throughout the year, the Union for Reform Judaism provides grants up to $100 for students to create events on campus that build Reform Jewish community. Apply for a URJ On Campus Grant.

URJ Events

Delve into social justice issues at the Consultation on Conscience: Every two years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism convenes the Consultation on Conscience, a gathering of hundreds of Jewish social justice leaders to build meaningful connections and skills to change their communities. Sign up to attend the Consultation on Conscience.

Be a part of the biggest Reform gathering in North America at the URJ Biennial: Every two years, the Union for Reform Judaism convenes its Biennial convention, a gathering of thousands of Jewish leaders to learn and network to strengthen their Reform communities. College students can both attend and volunteer to staff the event. Sign up to attend URJ Biennial.

Travel

Visit Israel – for free: Throughout the year, Birthright Israel provides free, 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18-26 who seek a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Israel. Check out the Reform Movement's list of trusted Birthright Israel trip providers to find the trip that's right for you.

Volunteer and learn in Tel Aviv-Jaffa: Each semester, Masa Israel holds a volunteer program that engages participants in pluralism, coexistence, and social justice work in Jewish and Arab-Israel communities in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area. Apply to volunteer in Israel.   

Live on an ecological kibbutz: Throughout the year, Kibbutz Lotan offers an intensive four-week course in Permaculture design with hands-on, practical work in organic agriculture, natural building with earth and straw, and sustainable technologies in Israel. Apply to attend this course at Kibbutz Lotan.

For more resources, visit ReformJudaism.org’s College Life page

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