Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies Internship Program

A note from Dr. Suzanne Seriff,  Director of the Arts and Social Justice Internship Program, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies:

Dear Students,

I am reaching out to you today to tell you about an exciting new program that the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies is starting this spring that I hope you will be interested in.

It is an Internship Program in Jewish Studies, open to all COLA majors on campus, of all backgrounds, with an emphasis on museums, arts and culture, social justice, public health, education and social service . This is an incredible opportunity for UT Liberal Arts Majors to boost their resumes, check out potential career areas of interest,  build professional networks, and gain course credit!

I am writing to encourage you to check out this option for this coming spring, or perhaps next year, and see if it fits in with your broader academic plan for UT.

Some of the organizations we have connected with include the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas Folklife, Meals on Wheels, the Workers Defense Project, Texas After Violence Project, Migrant Clinican’s Network, Shalom Austin…and more! Students are also free to find their own internship sites, and the COLA Career Office has dozens of internship organizations that have already been approved by them to choose from.

Students will get 3 hours of class credit for the internship course, and the class will just meet for 1 1/2 hours, once a week. The class, which I will facilitate, is designed to create a community of intern learners, give interns a chance to talk about professional and personal issues that arise in their internship position, and discuss together some of our hopes and fears and questions about joining the workforce for the first time upon graduation! In addition, I have a line up of incredible Jewish professionals from our community who will join us each month to speak about the Jewish values of community, giving back, justice, and repairing the world that they feel guide their work as Jewish professionals–whether or not their actual organization or business is Jewish related.

You can learn more about the internship program on the Schusterman Center website under the Internship tab on the left. I would love to visit with you about it in person at your convenience.

Students will sign up for the course part of the internship during spring registration which is coming up later this month. After that, we will work together to land a position in the community. Please drop me a line if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you will consider this option for Spring semester!

One other important factor: The Schusterman has a number of scholarships available for internship students, to help defray tuition costs for the semester, so that’s definitely a plus in addition to an easy 3 course credit.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!


Suzy Seriff

Suzanne Seriff, Ph.D
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology;
Director, Arts and Social Justice Internship Program,
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
University of Texas at Austin

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