High School Internship

Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Internship

Navigating the World of Nonprofits

About the Program

Since 2009, Jewish Family Service has provided teens from the Dallas Metroplex the opportunity to intern at one of the area’s many nonprofit organizations. This program was designed as a lasting tribute to Rabbi Gerald J. Klein of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, in celebration of his passion and commitment to issues of social justice for over 50 years. The program has helped to educate teens about nonprofit agencies and their missions through hands-on learning and invaluable training and experiences.

We are expanding the internship program to develop a more in-depth and enriching experience regarding the provision of non-profit services. Our program seeks to help teens actualize the concept of social justice and will allow participants to share experiences and learn from one another while developing their personal communication skills as they widen their understanding of the needs of the clients served by each organization. This will serve as the basis for participants to work together on projects that may involve direct service, philanthropy, advocacy, and community organization as they build their own communication and workplace skills. The end of the program will culminate with each intern receiving a certificate reflecting their participation and service to the Dallas community.

For more information about the Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Internship, contact Jamie Denison, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 972.994.0502.

If you are an agency interested in applying, please email Jamie Denison at jdenison@jfsdallas.org.

The selection process for Summer 2017 has passed.  Please check back for information about Summer 2018.

The Selection Process

Interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and in-person interview. Students from all Dallas Metroplex high schools are invited to apply. Students are selected based on merit—without regard to religion, race, or ethnicity.

General Requirements

Only teens who are currently in their sophomore or junior year at a local high school and who will be 16 years old by June 1 may apply for the internship.

Participants are required to:

  • Submit their application and attend an interview with committee members. Late applications will not be accepted. Please download the PDF, save it to your desktop, then e-mail this application to jdenison@jfsdallas.org or print and mail to Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas Attn: Jamie Denison, 5402 Arapaho, Dallas Texas 75248.
  • Attend an agency placement fair to be matched with their prospective community agency. It is recommended that prospective interns bring copies of their resume to the event.
  • Attend a spring orientation session to learn about the expectations of the internship.
  • Commit to several planning meetings in the fall and the final presentation of the non-profit improvement project.