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Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Programs and Education Intern | Communications Intern |  Development Intern | Encyclopedia Intern

A day in the life of the Jewish Women’s Archive finds smart people working together creatively and strategically to promote Jewish women’s stories and voices to a wide audience; to make connections between the past and present in order to inform the future; and to provide young women with strong, accessible role models. We seek creative thinkers who care about history, feminism, Jewish identity, and activism, and are committed to putting their ideas and passions to work for a vibrant organization with a strong mission.

Browse through this site to explore the largest online repository of information on Jewish women in the world. In addition to compiling and making this rich collection of material accessible, JWA also convenes lively conversation and engages people of all backgrounds through its Book Club, widely-read blog, strong social media presence, public programs, and more.

JWA has a small and diverse staff and is headquartered in a pleasant Brookline neighborhood with easy access to public transportation and affordable parking. Our office atmosphere is lively, friendly, and collegial. Join us!

The Jewish Women’s Archive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internship Opportunities

Programs and Education Intern

Position: Programs and Education Intern

The Programs and Education Intern will work closely with JWA’s Director of Programs and Education and Program Manager to support current projects, conduct educator outreach, and enhance programmatic impact. The ideal candidate will be passionate and driven, be interested in history and women’s rights, and have experience with project coordination. For academic year internships, a minimum of at least 8 hours per week is required. This internship may be done remotely. This is an unpaid position, but academic credit may be arranged.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide logistical support for educational programming, such as the Rising Voices Fellowship, the Natalia Twersky Educator Award, the JWA book club, and educator workshops
  • Write copy for and format the monthly Education e-newsletter
  • Promote JWA’s programs and education work on social media
  • Support oral history projects

Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to meet established deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Keen interest in the history of Jewish women and feminism
  • Background in education, gender studies, and/or history preferred
  • Experience with Constant Contact or other e-communication services a plus
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro or other video editing software a plus

Opportunities

  • Gain unique insight into the inner workings of a nationally recognized non-profit
  • Gain increased understanding of program management
  • Connect to an influential network of professional women and community partners
  • Receive professional advice and guidance from JWA’s talented staff
  • Build marketable professional skills

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please include the following on JWA’s job application page at http://jwa.org/aboutjwa/jobs/apply:

  • Current résumé
  • Cover letter with at least one professional reference

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Communications Intern

JWA is looking for a creative, motivated intern to support several aspects of the communications program, including: helping the Social Media Manager with social media content; developing content for the JWA blog, Jewish Women, Amplified; researching and acquiring permissions for photo usage; and helping edit and promote other website content. The ideal candidate will be flexible, take initiative, and be willing to do a variety of communications and marketing tasks. A commitment of at least 20 hours per week for six weeks during the summer of 2017 is required. Start date is flexible. This is an unpaid position.

Key Responsibilities:

Web Content

  • Help edit new content for JWA’s website
  • Research and identify photos to accompany existing and new online content; request and attain usage permission
  • Support JWA’s book club

Blog

  • Send inquiries/outreach about cross-posting with other blogs
  • Write and/or edit blog posts as assigned

Social Media

  • Help update JWA’s social media platforms
  • Compile weekly social-media analytics

General Communications

  • Help send out organizational e-communications, as needed
  • Research media contacts for JWA press list and communication partners for sharing JWA content

Experience and Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Familiarity with blogs and with blogging conventions; prior blogging experience a plus
  • Knowledge of/interest in issues relevant to Jewish women and feminism
  • Interest in writing, journalism, digital content, or marketing and communications
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to answer to different staff members and juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Close attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines

Opportunities

  • Gain unique insight into the inner workings of a nationally recognized non-profit
  • Gain increased understanding of and experience with nonprofit communications, social media, and blogging
  • Connect to an influential network of professional women and community partners
  • Receive professional guidance and mentoring from JWA’s staff
  • Build marketable professional skills

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please include the following on JWA’s job application page, and make sure to specify which internship you are applying for:

  • Current résumé
  • Cover letter with at least one professional (non-academic) reference
  • 2 samples of (or links to) your writing. No more than one piece should be academic writing.

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Development Intern

The Development Intern will work closely with JWA’s Director of Development and Development Assistant to strengthen communication with supporters, research new opportunities for funding, and monitor and improve gift processing systems.

The ideal candidate will be interested in gaining exposure to diverse aspects of development, including individual donor stewardship, grant preparation, and data-based analysis, and to general operations of nonprofit organizations.

For summer internships, a commitment of at least 10 hours per week for eight weeks is required. For academic year internships, a minimum of at least 5 hours per week for twelve weeks is required. Remote work can be considered during the interview process. This is an unpaid position, but academic credit may be arranged.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support donor stewardship initiatives
  • Conduct prospect and foundation research to identify potential future funders
  • Maintain accurate data in donor database

Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to meet established deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills

Opportunities

  • Gain unique insight into the inner workings of a nationally recognized non-profit
  • Gain increased understanding and experience in the field of development
  • Connect to an influential network of professional women and community partners
  • Receive professional advice and guidance from JWA’s talented staff
  • Build marketable professional skills

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please include the following on JWA’s job application page:

  • Current résumé
  • Cover letter with at least one professional reference

Encyclopedia Intern

The Encyclopedia intern will work closely with the Editor on revisions and updates to JWA’s Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. The Encyclopedia, which currently includes approximately 2000 biographical and topical entries about Jewish women across time and place, is a rich resource for students, teachers, clergy, and anyone who wants to know more about the experiences of Jewish women past and present.  The Encyclopedia Intern will assist with a wide variety of research, editorial, and organizational tasks involved in updating a major online publication.

The ideal candidate will be motivated and enthusiastic and have a strong interest in Jewish Studies, feminism, and/or public history.  For academic-year internships, a commitment of at least 5 hours per week for twelve weeks is required.  For summer internships, a commitment of at least 10 hours per week for eight weeks is required.  This is an unpaid position, but academic credit may be arranged. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting initial research on potential women to be included in the revised Encyclopedia
  • Reviewing existing Encyclopedia entries for important updates, such as additional accomplishments, death dates, etc
  • Locating and securing permissions for media (images, audio, video, documentary sources) to be used in Encyclopedia entries
  • Maintaining organized records of correspondence, permissions, and submission status

Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong writing skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  •  Ability to meet established deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Keen interest in the history of Jewish women and feminism
  • Background in history, gender studies, or Jewish Studies preferred. Interest in public history a plus.

Opportunities

  • Gain unique insight into the inner workings of a nationally recognized non-profit
  • Gain increased understanding of the editorial process
  • Learn about the rich history of Jewish women 
  • Connect to an influential network of professional women and community partners
  •  Receive professional advice and guidance from JWA’s talented staff
  • Build marketable professional skills

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please include the following on JWA’s job application page:

  • Current résumé
  • Cover letter with at least one professional reference
  • 2 writing samples 

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How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Career and Volunteer Opportunities." (Viewed on October 18, 2017) <https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/jobs>.

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