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“If you will it, it is no dream.” -Theodor Herzl

When is the last time you jumped in with both feet for something you believed in? Have you ever wished to see something new or improved in the WashU Jewish community but didn’t know how to make it happen? The Nachshon Internship will help you create Jewish programs on campus, help you connect to your roots in ways most meaningful to you.

In the Exodus story, Moses led the Jewish people out of slavery chased by the Egyptian Army until their path was blocked by the Red Sea. With Moses at the shoreline, and the Jewish people angry, afraid, and confused, Nachshon ben Aminadav jumped right into the sea. As tradition holds, the moment the water reached his head the sea split, allowing the Jewish people to cross safely to dry land. It took this first leap of faith to create a massive change for his community. Nachshon recognized a need and took it upon himself to create the opportunity he saw was needed.

WashU Hillel is looking for students who embody Nachshon’s spirit, who wish to dive into creating their vision of Jewish life on campus. You have three options - Nachshon Katan, Nachshon Gadol, and Nachshon Va'ad. As a Nachshon Katan Intern, you will apply with a vision of a community or initiative you wish to advance (for example: building a tight-knit Jewish community within your sorority, building community among a specific Jewish denomination, creating a Kabbalah-inspired meditation group, starting a feminist Rosh Chodesh discussion space, or creating a Jewish sustainability collective), have 1on1 conversations with a few of your event participants, and receive support from Hillel and your fellow Interns to turn that vision into a reality. If you don't have an idea but are interested in being an intern, apply anyway and we can help you out! If you are a Nachshon Gadol Intern, the requirements are a bit higher, and you get paid more, and get a stipend to take more students out to coffee and connect them to your programs.

A select group of Nachshon Interns, with past experience as Hillel leaders, serve on the Nachshon Va'ad, to support first-time Interns and manage Hillel's Jew-It-Yourself grants, in which any student can apply for up to $300 to fund a Jewish program around campus (learn more about JIY grants here).

The Nachshon Internship is a paid year-long internship - you can participate for one year, or for four! Stay on as long as you’d like, or take a break and join us again in the future.

Past Intern Projects:

  • Meditation Discussion Group pairing Jewish & secular mindfulness texts and techniques
  • Feminist Jewish Rosh Chodesh group, a monthly discussion incorporating interesting TED talks, coloring, and feminist theory along with Jewish values
  • Discussion group for women involved in sorority life around important topics through a Jewish lens such as body image, consent, fraternity/sorority power dynamics
  • Engaging Jewish youth group alumni in youth-group style programs
  • Creating programs for Jewish students in a capella groups, like Shabbat dinners, Hanukkah parties, and Jewish-inspired singing arrangements!
  • Fun, relevant Jewish events for a fraternity or sorority
  • Programs on Judaism & creative self expression, for Jewish students in the Sam Fox school
  • "No Small Talk" meals around various political and social issues through a Jewish lens

Application Timeline

The application is open! 
Interviews and acceptances will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Nachshon Katan Intern Responsibilities for the Fall 2019 Semester:

  • Learn: Pick a 10-week Jewish learning class (our Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), taught by Hillel staff to further your Jewish knowledge. Class times will be based on your schedule and availability!
    • Time commitment: About 1 hour a week for 10 weeks, and a JLF Shabbat dinner
  • Collaborate: Meet once a month with your Nachshon Internship advisor (Hillel's Assistant Director) to check in and receive program support, and meet with the full Nachshon Internship cohort over a delicious dinner once or twice a semester. 
    • Time commitment: About 1 hour every month
  • Program: Plan three meaningful programs, and one signature program (Shabbat Around WashU in the fall, and Do Your Own Seder in the spring) to connect your community to each other and their Judaism, whatever that means to you! *Note: This is a flexible requirement that can be reconfigured based on Interns' focus.
    • Time commitment: Assuming you use 4 hours to plan each event, that breaks down to about 0-1 hour a week event planning
  • Connect: Take 5 students participating in your programs to coffee (on Hillel) to learn more about their experiences.
  • Total Time Commitment: 1-3 hours a week, plus time for 5 coffee conversations through the semester. 
  • Stipend: $400 per semester, as well as a budget for all events

Nachshon Gadol Intern Responsibilities for the Fall 2019 Semester:

  • All of the above responsibilities of the Nachshon Katan Internship, plus the below additions/changes:
  • Collaborate: Meet once every two to three weeks with your Nachshon Internship advisor (Hillel's Assistant Director) to check in and receive program and engagement support, and meet with the full Nachshon Internship cohort over a delicious dinner once or twice a semester. 
    • Time commitment: About 1 hour every other week / every three weeks
  • Program: Plan four meaningful programs, and one signature program (Shabbat Around WashU in the fall or Do Your Own Seder in the spring) to connect your community to each other and their Judaism, whatever that means to them! *Note: This is a flexible requirement that can be reconfigured based on Interns' focus.
    • Time commitment: Assuming you use 4 hours to plan each event, that breaks down to about 1 hour a week event planning
  • Connect: Take 15 students participating in your programs to coffee (on Hillel) to learn more about their experiences. *Note: This is a flexible requirement that can be reconfigured based on Interns' focus.
    • Time commitment: ~1 hour a week 
  • Total Time Commitment: 3-4 hours a week
  • Stipend: $500 per semester, as well as a budget for events and coffee conversations

Nachshon Va'ad (Committee) Responsibilities for the Fall 2019 Semester:

  • All regular Nachshon Intern responsibilities above, plus the below:
  • Inspire: Manage Hillel's Jew-It-Yourself grant application process, gaining experience in grant management & evaluation. Hillel's Jew-It-Yourself grants allow any student the opportunity to apply for up to $300 to create Jewish programs. 
    • Run grant publicity, application, review, & implementation with the Va'ad
  • Mentor: Meet first-time Nachshon Interns for mentorship as needed
  • Total time commitment: Depending on the week, spend 3-6 hours a week for all Nachshon Internship responsibilities
  • Stipend: $600 per semester

Ready to jump in?? Click here to start your application!