The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute accepts six undergraduate and two graduate students with a demonstrated interest in women’s studies, Jewish women’s studies or topics related to Jewish women/Jewish gender issues around the world to participate in our paid residential internship program. Applications are accepted from students attending universities in the U.S. and abroad.
The HBI Internship Program provides undergraduate students with a variety of opportunities to learn about the work of Jewish women's studies scholars and centers, and try their hand at research in the field. Interns assist HBI-affiliated scholars and offices, and develop their own individual projects. Weekly outings to research archives and places of Jewish interest, and discussions with Jewish studies and women's studies scholars, expose interns to various methodologies and academic frameworks. Interns live on the Brandeis University campus in housing provided by the HBI and receive a weekly stipend.
Individual projects are an opportunity for interns to explore an area of Jewish women's studies of personal interest. Each intern is expected to produce a work — an academic paper, a short story, a website, an art work — that is original and personally meaningful, and draws on creative and intellectual energies. Past projects have included a Jewish women's health bibliography, a short film about the spiritual meaning of challah making, and a study of female protagonists of children's Holocaust literature, the narratives of transgender-identified Jews, and the impact of second-wave feminism on Judaism’s views on reproductive rights.