Klein Internship – Navigating the World of Nonprofits
About the Program
Since 2009, Jewish Family Service has provided teens from the Dallas Metroplex the opportunity to intern at one of the area’s many nonprofit organizations. This program was designed as a lasting tribute to Rabbi Gerald J. Klein of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, in celebration of his passion and commitment to issues of social justice for over 50 years. The program has helped to educate teens about nonprofit agencies and their missions through hands on learning and invaluable training and experiences.
This program seeks to help teens actualize the concept of social justice and will allow participants to share experiences and learn from one another while developing their personal communication and work place skills. Ideally, students will deepin their understanding of the unique needs of the clients served by each organization and learn about the importance of direct service, philanthropy, advocacy, and community organizing as they prepare for future jobs in the nonprofit sector or simply connecting to volunteer opportunties in their future.
At the end of the summer internship, each intern will receive a certificate reflecting their participation and completion of 180 hours of service to the Dallas community. Often, they will also recieve written reccomendations from their supervisor and, if apprporiate, JFS staff.
The Selection Process
Interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and in-person interview. Students from all Dallas Metroplex high schools are invited to apply. Students are selected based on merit—without regard to religion, race, or ethnicity.
Only teens who are currently in their sophomore or junior year at a local high school and who will be 16 years old by June 1, 2017 may apply for the internship.
Participants are required to:
• Attend an Agency/Intern Meet & Greet (placement fair) on Thursday, April 6, 2017 to be matched with their prospective community agency. It is recommended that prospective interns bring copies of their resume to the event.
• Attend a spring orientation session to learn about the expectations of the internship.
• Commit to earning 180 hours at your agency.
From Our Former Participants
“My internship as an athletic director at Jubilee has really opened my eyes to another face of reality. The lower-income neighborhood in which Jubilee Park and Community is located has developed substantially since Jubilee's establishment. The children whom I teach and mentor greatly appreciate all that is offered, and through the Klein Internship Program I am able to help these children live and grow happily in the world around them. Jubilee's emotionally rewarding experience has matured me as a man and human being.”
“The Rabbi Klein Internship Program has been an invaluable experience that has allowed me to gain insight into the workplace. Through the Klein Internship Program offered through Jewish Family Service, I have learned about the inner workings of an agency and how volunteers and staff make an agency effective in fulfilling a need in the community. Most of all, this internship has taught me responsibility. Waking up, getting to work on time, and learning to put all of your effort into your work are examples of things I have learned are important in a good employee.”“My agency has taught me many valuable life lessons that will help me in the future. I have learned to be organized, how to manage my time, and to be open minded. I chose this agency because I wanted to become an accountant when I grew up, but after working with this agency I learned to like other departments of a business as well.”
"I have thoroughly enjoyed being a Klein Intern. Every day, I am reminded of how blessed I am and through my internship, I am able to help a great cause that strives to help some of the most vulnerable citizens of Dallas. It has been an experience I will never forget!"