UpStart's Rolling Fellowship Application

Introduction

Welcome to the application for the UpStart's fellowship. We look forward to learning about you and your interest in exploring the Jewish communal landscape.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the summer, fall, and spring. Interviews will be scheduled based on availability of placement positions.

 

Application deadlines are as follows:


May 23rd, 2021

Last Day to Submit Form for Summer 2021 Fellowship

August 20th, 2021

Last Day to Submit Form for Fall 2021 Fellowship

November 22d, 2021

Last Day to Submit Form for Spring 2022 Fellowship

May 23rd, 2022

Last Day to Submit Form for Summer 2022 Fellowship


Please note that while most questions in the application are required, some questions are optional, and all short answer answers questions have word limits. Some questions also request materials to be uploaded; file type restrictions are noted on the application for each file upload field.


UpStart is committed to deepening an investment in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) as lived values, both internally and externally. In an effort to ensure an equitable and inclusive application process, this application includes a section of demographic and accessibility questions to get a more holistic picture of applicants and to best design an experience that meets the needs of its fellows. Demographic questions are voluntary to answer.


For technical or content support with the application platform, please contact Jackson Block, jacksonb@upstartlab.org. Support requests are typically addressed between 9:00am - 5:00pm EST within 72 hours at the very latest. 


If you need any accommodations for filling out this form or for the fellowship, please reach out to Gavi James, gavij@upstartlab.org


Please note that you are able to save drafts of your application and return to it later.

Overview
We partner with the Jewish community’s boldest leaders to expand the picture of how Jews find meaning and how we come together. As part of this work, we seek to build the careers of rising leaders through its fellowship programs. UpStart has offered internship and fellowship opportunities to individuals in partnership with community-based organizations. If you are not filling out a form via a community partner, this rolling application is for you!

FELLOWSHIP STRUCTURE:

Fellowships range from 8-12 weeks in structure. This has been typically a good length for a project to align with the seasonality of UpStart and placements. Fellows typically worked 2-3 days a week for up to 20-30 hours per week.


FELLOWSHIP PROJECT EXAMPLES:

Venture Accelerator Outreach Project

For this project, our intern researched about game-changing Jewish organizations across North America and systemized our pipeline for recruitment. 

JVS Change Accelerator Tech Platform

In this project, our fellow developed and helped build a technology platform for intrapreneurs in the Jewish community. They were responsible for creating web pages, reports, and forms to support program operations.

DEIJ Research Project

As a part of this project, the intern developed working definitions for UpStart’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work, learning from the best practices in the field. The intern composed a research paper, which was shared with the entire team.


Eligibility
UpStart is open to different types of fellows based on a variety of backgrounds. We are open to the best individuals, regardless of age and educational background. We have had high school students, college age students, and those returning to the workforce. More about our culture can be found on our website here: https://www.slideshare.net/EmilyLezin/upstart-culture-code 
Background Information

We want to call you by the name you choose to use. This name does not need to match any legal records.

We want to call you by the name you choose to use. This name does not need to match any legal records.

If selected, we'll need your date of birth in order to process payment.




While some people who identify as transgender also identify as non-binary, many identify as either male or female. In order to model visibility and best understand the demographics of our applicants, we are asking this question in addition to the one about gender above.

Pronouns are used to refer to an individual without using their name. Since gender is a spectrum, the pronouns one uses to express their gender are important. Gender pronouns allow people to be seen in the fullness of their identity and promotes a culture of inclusion.





Being enrolled in a university is NOT a requirement for this program. This information will help us better understand the demographics of applicants.


Logistics

In order to effectively set you up with a placement and schedule cohort program components, we want to be able to account for geography as needed.

Please indicate which city will you be primarily residing in during the fellowship.



Interests/Placement




Questions

Please note that there is is no minimum word count requirement in adequately responding to the prompt.

Please note that there is no minimum word count requirement in adequately responding to the prompt.

Please note that there is no minimum word count requirement in adequately responding to the prompt.


Additional Information

We want to be sure you can be successful across all program components in this virtual environment, regardless of current access. The more we know about what you might need, the better we can accommodate.


This information helps us better identify placements and ensure you have support as needed.

We want to be sure you can be successful across all components in this virtual environment, taking into account any accessibility needs and requirements you have. The more we know about what you might need, the better we can accommodate.


To be clear, this is merely for tracking purposes, referrals will not increase or decrease your chance of selection.