High School Internship

Rabbi Gerald J. 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.

We are expanding the internship program to develop a more in-depth and enriching experience regarding the provision of non-profit services. Our 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 skills as they widen their understanding of the needs of the clients served by each organization. This will serve as the basis for participants to work together on projects that may involve direct service, philanthropy, advocacy, and community organization as they build their own communication and workplace skills. The end of the program will culminate with each intern receiving a certificate reflecting their participation and service to the Dallas community.

For more information about the Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Internship, contact Kristen Jackson, Community Engagement Manager, at (469) 445-0624. If you are an agency interested in applying, please email Kristen Jackson at Kjackson@jfsdallas.org



Click Here to fill out the 2020 application

Applications will be due Sunday, March 1, 2020

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.

Student Application Requirements

Only teens who are currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year at a local high school and who will be 16 years old by June 1 may apply for the internship.

  • Submit application between January 1 – March 1. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Attend an interview on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
  • Attend an agency placement fair on Thursday, March 26 to be matched with their prospective community agency. It is recommended that prospective interns bring copies of their resume to the event.
  • Attend an orientation session on Sunday, May 17 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

2020 Internship Host Agencies

We have 27 internships available with the following 16 nonprofits:

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