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:

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 agreen6@buffalo.edu

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.