Research and Internship Opportunities

Students on a CLIP internship.

JDS 496: Jewish Studies Internship Program

Earn 3 academic credits by combining internship experience with educational knowledge of the Jewish tradition.

  • Develop and use the skills involved in researching and acquiring an internship/job.
  • Gain real world work experience including:
    • Hands-on work experience.
    • Building your professional network.
    • Learning and developing professional skills.
    • Becoming accustomed to a professional working environment.
    • Relate community leadership to Jewish tradition, history, thought and culture.

Students must complete a minimum of 135 hours of service to the employer in order to be evaluated and to earn 3 credit hours.  In most instances, internship hours are earned on-site. However, outside activities connected with the internship may count toward the total number of hours. Each student will be responsible for tracking hours

The following Buffalo community organizations are looking for UB student interns for Spring 2020:

Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council

Organization: The Jewish Community Relations Council, inspired by Jewish values, seeks to sustain a more civil and caring community in Western New York and around the world. Representing the Buffalo Jewish community, we will:
- Build meaningful and collaborative relationships with other faith, ethnic, and cultural communities toward the goal of building a more civil society.
- Be visible and vocal in the greater community during times of crisis and on vital social issues.
- Be actively involved in key issues impacting the Jewish community
- Educate and advocate on all those issues, seeking consensus based on core Jewish values.

Since its inception in April 2018, with part-time staff, Buffalo JCRC has created over 10 major event/initiatives with 10+ new partners. These are the lifeblood of a JCRC; creating and sustaining relationships and coalitions in a collective effort to build a civil and caring society.

Job Description: JCRC is seeking a student who is civically engaged, passionate about social justice and willing to help build relationships with a people from a range of religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The JCRC engagement intern reports to the JCRC director.
Assist with 2 major initiatives:

  • Complete Census 2020 Count – JCRC is supporting this important civic engagement activity. Many populations are undercounted in Erie County – costing at least $2000 in lost Federal support for health, social service and infrastructure funding per person not counted. Make a difference that will last 10+ years for WNY.
  • 2forSeder – Passover 2020 - This will be Buffalo’s 2nd year participating in matching members of the Jewish community who host people of other faiths and ethnicities with the goal of increasing relationships understanding and combatting hate. Last year, 84 people were matched at Seders - this is part of North American initiative. Can you help increase Buffalo’s numbers to 200 people?

Social Marketing/Communications:

  • JCRC Connections – Help identify and write copy for monthly e-newsletter and many FB and Constant Contact posts.


  • passionate about civic engagement and social justice
  • understand or have familiarity with the Jewish community, customs and traditions
  • committed to a vibrant Jewish community that includes love of Israel including dedication to a 2-state solution and continued dialogue between Israel and Palestinians with a goal of peaceful co-existence.
  • extremely organized, self-starter, responsive and have ability to meet deadlines
  • willing to work from home, attend meetings, write summary notes.
  • an excellent writer


Hillel of Buffalo

Organization: Hillel of Buffalo is an exciting, accessible, multi-faceted hub of UB life that enhances UB students’ success with opportunities to gain professional life skills, to learn, grow, and make a difference in ways they find meaningful- all within a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that celebrates the cultural and social aspects of Judaism.

Job Description: This internship can be tailored based on your interests. Options include: designing and implementing creative and diverse programming to engage different segments of the student population, marketing and public relations for students and the external community, and working in organizational development to gain first-hand experience in the non-profit sector

Jewish Community Center

Organization: The mission of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc. (“JCC”) is to build and strengthen the Jewish and Western New York communities by providing recreational, educational, cultural and social programs and services that are consistent with Jewish values.

Job Description: Develop and write stories for internal and external publications about JCC programs and initiatives that demonstrate the value of early childhood, camp, health and wellness, adult programs and more.

Jewish Journal of Western New York

Organization: The Jewish Journal of Western New York is the local newspaper for the Jewish community’s monthly look at what’s happening in Buffalo, Israel and the Jewish World.

Job Description: Write and edit articles, conduct interviews, recruit authors and help with the organization and structure of the newspaper. This internship requires students with strong writing skills.

Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western NY

Organization: The Jewish Repertory Theatre is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Founded in 2002, the JRT is a professional theatre whose mission is to present high quality plays grounded in Jewish life, themes, and values. Through our productions, audiences of diverse beliefs and backgrounds explore both the uniqueness of Jewish heritage and cultural experiences, as well as those that are shared with others.

Job Description: Developing and implementing strategic social marketing and community outreach for promotion of plays and staged readings

- This would require reading the plays and readings, attending performances, doing research, developing appealing text and promoting on social media
- If possible, our JRT intern could participate in set building and strike, and welcoming audience members to performances.

Application Process:

To apply for one or more of these internships, send your CV and a letter of application explaining your interest and qualifications for the internship to the Director of Undergraduate Studies at

Candidates for the positions will be interviewed by the organization at the end of November or early December.

Summer Internships

Summer internships are an excellent way to build professional skills and gain valuable experience. Check out some of the exciting summer internships our students have participated in:

The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP)

CLIP is a paid summer internship and Jewish leadership training program at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University. The program seeks to foster and develop professional and lay leadership in the Jewish community. CLIP matches undergraduate students who have an interest in pluralistic Jewish life and culture with engaging, substantive internships at a variety of for-profit, non-profit and Jewish communal organizations, where they are provided with mentorship and guided development.

CLIP is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants must commit to residing in the New York metropolitan area for the summer.

Machon Kaplan Summer Internship

Machon Kaplan is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C., it provides students with a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in study related to their internships and and making change more broadly, as well as an open reflective community with whom to share their experience. Students learn, through study and action, the interrelationship of Judaism and American ideals, as well as how change happens. 

Machon Kaplan is open to students currently enrolled in and attending college. Prior to the start of the program, students must have completed one year of college. 

Assist in Faculty Research

Through an Independent Study course (JDS 499), students may gain research experience and strengthen their resumes by assisting the Department of Jewish Thought faculty in their current research, or engage in directed research projects under a faculty member's supervision. 

Before registering, students should contact the faculty member they wish to work with to discuss their plans.