Graduate Internship

Similar in structure to the undergraduate program, the graduate student interns also facilitate the research of HBI affiliated scholars while carrying out their own research projects. Graduate student interns interact closely with their supervisors, who act as their academic advisers. While not a requirement, the ideal candidates are working towards a degree in an area of study related to the supervisors’ expertise. All field trips and extracurricular activities are optional for the graduate student interns.

Graduate Interns:

  • Participate in a 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, internship program
  • Produce under staff supervision, an original piece of scholarly research, a chapter from a dissertation, or a creative and/or artistic project that focuses on Jewish gender issues 
  • Assist HBI affiliated scholars and Brandeis Offices with research and administrative tasks. 
  • Learn about the daily operations of an academic research institute 
  • Receive a weekly stipend

Optional Activities:

  • Visit local institutions and organizations of Jewish interest
  • Meet local community activists
  • Live on the Brandeis campus in subsidized housing

How to Apply

Graduate students interested in applying to the HBI Internship Program will need to provide the following materials:

  1. Two paragraphs identifying which ONE of the Supervised Projects listed below are of interest and a description of your qualifications.
  2. A one page essay explaining your interest in Jewish gender studies.
  3. One or two project ideas for an independent project
  4. Two academic references (References can be emailed directly to
  5. C.V. / Resumé
  6. Send both an electronic and hard copy to Debby Olins.

Debby Olins
Program Manager
The Hadassah-Brandeis InstituteMS 079
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Download the 2014 Graduate Summer Internship Application

Supervised Graduate Projects (Summer 2014)

  • Orthodox Women, Rabbinical Courts, and the Media (pdf)
    Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Director, Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law
    Assess how women’s experiences and expectations in American rabbinical courts are described in popular publications, on-line journals and social media, particularly in their discussion of prenuptial contracts and divorce.
  • Radical Feminism and Jewish Identity: A History (pdf)
    Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture
    Provide research for a new book on the lives and careers of Jewish women who participated in the women’s liberation and Jewish feminist movements beginning in the late 1960s.
  • Outreach for Women’s Films (pdf)
    Lisa Rivo, Associate Director of the National Center for Jewish Film
    Assist with outreach and publicity initiatives on behalf of documentaries and fiction feature films exploring the life and work of Jewish women from around the world.