Israel Internship 2017-2018 Application

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DESCRIPTION

The Israel Internship is designed to offer a meaningful work experience, which provides concrete support for the Hillel, and offers students opportunities for both learning and professional growth. This role requires strong interpersonal skills, and inner drive. The requirements are both relational and research based which calls for a student who is flexible and motivated. At the end of the academic year each Israel Intern will compile their Year in Review project. The Year in Review will serve as the student’s portfolio and as a new resource for the Hillel. Each year the Israel Intern will build on the information gathered and created by previous interns. This internship is being offered in partnership with Hineinu and the Israel Action Network.

REQUIREMENTS

Strategic Networking

                Influential Groups

Create profiles of all of the influential student groups on campus. This should include groups of any interest area. For each group, you will complete an Influential Group Profile. These will serve to help you and Hillel in forming partnerships, co-sponsoring events, and for networking. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

                Influential Individuals

Create profiles of all of the influential individuals on campus. For each individual, you will complete an Influential Individual Profile. Leaders can shape a campus community and understanding the leaders on campus will help you understand the campus community, trends, and give you the opportunity to engage across differences. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

                Trending Issues on Campus

Track and document the trending issues on campus. University campuses tend to have topics or causes that trend each year. You will create a Campus Trend page for each trending topic on your campus. These will give you and Hillel knowledge to stay on the cutting edge of campus interest, and to help inform what kinds of programs might appeal to your campus community. You will be provided with a template for how these should be formatted.

                Student Government Whip Sheet

Create a whip sheet of student government, including their stance on BDS.  Understanding the profile of student government is crucial to successfully addressing campus concerns or advocating for issues affecting the student body. This becomes particularly helpful should an anti-Israel resolution be introduced into student government. Understanding the elected officials who represent the student body makes addressing such challenges much easier. You will be provided with a Google Sheet to complete for this assignment.

Strategic Communication

                Teaching About Israel

Research which faculty are teaching about Israel and in which classes, including those who are anti-Israel. This will include classes that are not specifically about Israel, but where the teacher uses Israel as an example or as a topic anyway. Additionally, you will research the messages that they are delivering. This will help provide a clearer picture of climate surrounding Israel on campus and where students are getting their information. You will be provided with a template for how these should be formatted.

                University Partnerships

Research the existing University partnerships with Israel. Through scholarships, research funding, academic exchanges, etc. Universities often partner with foreign nations to increase the capacity of the school. Additionally, you will research and create a report about the top ten corporate partners and the investments, jobs, funding, and scholarships come from that partnership. Also, look into the university’s relationship with businesses that are commonly named in BDS resolutions and referenda. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

                University Stance on Israel

Keep a record of any statements or positions that the university has issued about Israel or anti-Israel, or anti-Semitic activity. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

 

Strategic Institutional Engagement

                Bias Incidents Management

Investigate how the university records and documents anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activity. This report will also include figuring out how frequently these issues are reported. You will be provided with a template for how this will be formatted.               

                Anti-Semitism in Diversity Training

All incoming students and staff are usually presented with diversity training. Investigate whether the training includes anti-Semitism or mentions Jewish challenges specifically. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

Israel Round Table

Organize and coordinate regular meetings with the leadership of other Israel related groups on campus. The goal of these meetings is to keep the groups in constant communication with one another to foster relationships and stronger programming overall.

 

Strategic Communication

                Teaching About Israel

Research which faculty are teaching about Israel and in which classes, including those who are anti-Israel. This will include classes that are not specifically about Israel, but where the teacher uses Israel as an example or as a topic anyway. Additionally, you will research the messages that they are delivering. This will help provide a clearer picture of climate surrounding Israel on campus and where students are getting their information. You will be provided with a template for how these should be formatted.

                University Partnerships

Research the existing University partnerships with Israel. Through scholarships, research funding, academic exchanges, etc. Universities often partner with foreign nations to increase the capacity of the school. Additionally, you will research and create a report about the top ten corporate partners and the investments, jobs, funding, and scholarships come from that partnership. Also, look into the university’s relationship with businesses that are commonly named in BDS resolutions and referenda. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

                University Stance on Israel

Keep a record of any statements or positions that the university has issued about Israel or anti-Israel, or anti-Semitic activity. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

 

Strategic Institutional Engagement

                Bias Incidents Management

Investigate how the university records and documents anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activity. This report will also include figuring out how frequently these issues are reported. You will be provided with a template for how this will be formatted.               

                Anti-Semitism in Diversity Training

All incoming students and staff are usually presented with diversity training. Investigate whether the training includes anti-Semitism or mentions Jewish challenges specifically. You will be provided with a template for how these will be formatted.

 

Addressing Anti-Israel Activity

                Anti-Israel or anti-Jewish Activity of Any Kind

Any anti-Israel or anti-Jewish activity should be reported to IEC and your campus supervisor as soon as you hear of it. This includes screenshots from social media, fliers, posters, speakers, quotations, classroom misinformation, etc. It is your responsibility to share this information immediately.  Most anti- activity does not need a response, but all together it can create a pattern that does require some kind of response or action. Any response will be decided in coordination with supervision and Hillel staff.  

Anti-Israel Referenda or Resolutions

In the event of an anti-Israel resolution or referendum, you will work closely with the Hillel leadership to bring your expertise from your internship work, to help coordinate and lead on a response.


Additional Responsibilities

                1 large Israel related program per term

                         Minimum of 3 non-Jewish/Israel related co-sponsors

These programs should follow your areas of interest, but include an Israel related thread throughout. For example, you could do a program about water conservation and feature a speaker who is an expert on Israeli desalinization technology, and you could partner with the environmental club, the engineering school, and a club for hydrologists.

                1 Israel related article per term

Submitted to the campus newspaper.

This article should be a full op-ed about some topic related to Israel and of interest to your campus community. The article must be submitted to IEC and your campus supervisor before you submit it for publication. It is your responsibility to complete, submit for review, and submit for publication before your school closes for winter break.

                Post weekly about Israel on social media

Post something related to Israel on social media every week. This should be a news article, update, something informative, etc.  

                Support recruitment for Birthright and other Israel travel programs

Assist Hillel in recruitment for Israel travel programs when asked.

                Support Hillel Israel programming however you’re asked

As the Hillel provides Israel programming or Israel related events, you will be asked to help support that programming.

 

YEAR IN REVIEW

At the end of the year you will be asked to submit a Year in Review to IEC and your campus supervisor. This document will contain all of the work you have done above. Though there are not specific counts for how many of each category you must complete, the document should be thorough. There are two important deadlines for the year in review. First, you will submit a draft of your first term work. This will be due half way through the school year. For all work that is not yet complete, you will include your plan for completion. At the end of the school year, you will also include a page of recommendations for the university. After all of your research you will have a great idea of what the school could do to improve and your Year in Review will include a detailed recommendations list.


The Year in Review will serve as not only your portfolio for the year, but it will also be a living document for your Hillel. This is a resource that will last beyond your time in the position and will be updated and edited every year to keep your Hillel up to date. The work you do now will help your Hillel grow and increase the reach and scope of their Israel related education and campus engagement opportunities. It will also help with both current and future efforts to address anti-Jewish and anti-Israel challenges.


Half-way through each term you will have a video meeting with IEC and your supervisor to review your work so far. This meeting is required and will go over your work in detail. Prior to your meeting IEC and your campus supervisor will review the work you’ve done to help guide your work moving forward.


Please see the chart below for due dates for your university (please note, these are based on your academic calendars) for the first draft and final draft of the Year in Review:

 

INTERN TRAINING

There will be two mandatory intern trainings each year. They will be held in Chicago and IEC will coordinate your travel and accommodations to and from Chicago. The dates for the trainings during the 2018-19 school year below:


§  September 22-23, 2018 (Sept 23rd is Erev Sukkot. Training ends at 3:00pm allowing for travel time back home before the holiday begins. If you will require additional travel time for your holiday observance we are more than happy to assist, just let us know.)

§  January 26-27, 2019 









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