High School Internship

Rabbi Gerald J. Klein High School Internship


History of 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.

 About the Internship

Students are matched with a Dallas-area nonprofit organization to complete a 180-hour internship during the summer of 2021. Throughout the internship experience, students can expect to:

  • Learn about job and college readiness from professional coaches
  • Develop an understanding of the different positions within nonprofit organizations 
  • Share experiences and learn from one another while developing their personal communication skills
  • Widen their understanding of the needs of the clients served by each Host Agency
  • Receive invaluable, hands-on training and experiences that help to grow their workplace skills

For more information about the Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Internship, contact Kristen Jackson, Director of Volunteer Engagement at Jewish Family Service at kjackson@jfsdallas.org.


  • Teens who are currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year at a Dallas-area high school 
  • Must be 16 years old by June 1, 2021 to apply for the internship
  • Students are selected based on merit—without regard to religion, race, or ethnicity

How to Apply

  • Click here to apply: 2021 Klein Internship Application
  • The application includes four sections: contact information, internship preferences, extended response questions, and references. 
  • All applications must be submitted by Sunday, March 21, 2021.

What to Expect

  • In the days after your application is submitted, you will receive an email with a 30-minute interview timeslot. All interviews will take place on April 11, 2021 via Zoom. 
  • Beginning the first week in March, all applicants will receive a Host Agency information packet to review and learn about the internships available this summer. The packet will include information about the agency, the internship location (some will be remote and others in-person), Covid precautions being taken by the agency, and the job description for the internship. You will use this information to select your top internship choices. 
  • Those who are selected to move forward after the interview process will attend a virtual agency placement fair on Tuesday, April 27. During this time, you will meet with the Internship Coordinators for your top internship selections. You will, then, reselect the internships you’d most like. Agencies will select their top intern candidates and JFS will match you with an internship that has been mutually selected. 
  • Not all applicants will be selected for an internship. You will know if you’ve been selected on Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • All selected Interns will be required to attend an orientation session on Monday, June 7. TBD if this event will be in-person or remote but all interns should expect to spend the full day at Orientation. 
  • At the end of the summer, each intern will receive a certificate reflecting their participation and service to the Dallas community and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Past Internship Host Agencies

Catholic Charities, Dallas
Color Me Empowered
Community Homes for Adults (CHAI)
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas Jewish Historical Society
Jubilee Park and Community Center
Network of Community Ministries
PLAN of North Texas
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
The Legacy Willow Bend
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Vogel Alcove
The Warren Center
Wesley-Rankin Community Center