Fieldwork internships are core to the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management program, providing supervised and structured professional experiences in a variety of Jewish communal agencies throughout the LA metropolitan area. Guided by carefully constructed educational objectives, the fieldwork internships provide invaluable practitioner and leadership training, engaging students in experiential learning which integrates the classroom and the workplace. Students spend 16 hours/week in their first year internships and 20 hours/week in their second year internships.
Home to one of the largest and most ethnically diverse Jewish communities in the world, Southern California has a unique array of Jewish communal institutions, cultural opportunities, and professional resources. With over 40 local social service agencies and Federation departments, as well as educational, cultural, community relations and religious institutions offering fieldwork opportunities, each internship is designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the individual student.
Some of the agencies offering fieldwork internships include: Jewish Family Service; Anti-Defamation League; American Jewish Committee; BJE-LA; National Council of Jewish Women; Jewish Community Centers; Vista del Mar; Jewish Home for the Aging; Cedars-Sinai Hospital; Jewish Vocational Service; Jewish Free Loan; Jewish Federation and Valley Alliance; Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Progressive Jewish Alliance; AIPAC; Beit T'shuvah; Beit Tzedek, and a variety of local synagogues and organizations.