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Jewish Work, Volunteer, and Travel Opportunities for College Students

There are dozens of opportunities in the Reform Movement for college students to live, learn, work, volunteer, and experience Jewish life and community-building throughout the world. Find a program that's right for you:

Summer/Seasonal/Short-Term Employment/Internships

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Youth Programs offer a wide range of staffing opportunities in North America and around the world. These programs create identity-building experiences for Reform Jewish youth, help foster lifelong connections to the Jewish community, build skills and confidence in our youth, and provide immersive, transformative experiences for all involved.

NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, is looking for college students and recent grads to work and volunteer at regional events to be cabin staff, program assistants, transportation staff, pre-event administrative staff, and more. Fill out this form to learn more or  contact the Regional Director in your area.

Machon Kaplan is a six week, summer internship program for undergraduate sophomores and older interested in the intersection of Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C., it provides students with a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in academic study related to their internships, and a community of like-minded students with whom to share their experience.

Travel/Service Travel Opportunities

URJ Kesher is the only Birthright Israel trip provider run by the Reform Movement. Each trip is 10-days and absolutely free. Eligible participants are Jewish, ages 18-26 and seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Israel.. Apply to be a participant or a trip leader.

Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv is an opportunity for young adults 21-30 to live, study, and volunteer in Tel Aviv-Jaffa for 5 or 10 months. Select your experience and apply.

Mechina is a year-long, Hebrew immersive, gap program that pair participants with 55 young Israelis in Jaffa. Participants study with leading Israeli figures in Jewish thought, community development, economics and more. They also live communally in the Mechina house, volunteer in the community, and develop a sense of leadership. Learn more.

Shnat Netzer is an intensive 10-month program for young adults in Israel that develops the skills and knowledge necessary for them to become madrichim (leaders) in the movement. The program includes communal living, Jewish, Hebrew and Reform Zionist education, and free time to explore. Learn more.

The Kibbutz Lotan Green Apprenticeship (GA) is a sustainable development and permaculture design course culminating in a Permaculture Design Certification. The GA trains apprentices to understand, identify, and create sustainable solutions for social, economic and ecological issues facing critical industries such as agriculture, water, nergy, waste management, construction, and more. Learn more.

Create Programs on Your College Campus

The Reform on Campus (ROC) grant, offered by the Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), supports and encourages building Reform Jewish community on college and university campuses across the United States, Canada and worldwide. Get your program idea funded.

Smashing Idols Fellowship: Collaborative Leadership to Strengthen Progressive Jewish Life on Campus is a year-long fellowship that provides training, stipends and networking to help you develop or enhance Jewish programming on your college campus. Learn more.

Educational Weekend Retreats (Shabbatonim)

Explore, engage, and debate the most pressing questions facing the Jewish people with like-minded students from across the country. Participate in incredible weekends of celebration, learning, skill building, and leadership development at the campuses of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Join world-renowned faculty and students in discussions, workshops, and study, and celebrate Shabbat. Generous travel scholarships available. Learn more and register.

Opportunities for NFTY Alumni on College Campuses

Sign-up to receive monthly communications specifically for alumni on campus.

Sign-up to become an Alumni Campus Connector. Serve as a friendly face and campus resource for NFTY and other URJ youth alumni on your campus. Serve as a resource for current NFTYites who are interested in attending your campus. You’ll get access to funding to deepen engagement with alumni on campus, training in partnership with Hillel, and a contact at a Reform congregation close to your campus.

Participate in virtual hangouts on issues of importance to students on campus including: Israel, social justice on campus, and more.

Reignite the Spark with other alumni on campus or in your community. This Hanukkah, Reignite the Sparks that inspired you as teens by hosting and attending Hanukkah celebrations with other alumni. Host a celebration at your house, in partnership with your congregation, or other organization. Invite a small group of friends you know or open it up to all alumni in your area. Then, register your event so we can help you publicize and we’ll send you some Hanukkah treats to share