Undergraduate Internship

Undergraduate Interns: 

  • Participate in a 35 hour per week, Monday-Friday, internship program
  • Produce, under staff supervision, an original piece of scholarly research 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 by occasionally assisting with administrative tasks
  • Visit local institutions and organizations of Jewish interest
  • Meet local community activists
  • Live on the Brandeis campus in subsidized housing
  • Receive a weekly stipend

How to Apply

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

  1. Two paragraphs identifying which TWO 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 references; one academic and one work related (extra curricular activity; work study; etc.) Can be emailed directly to dolins@brandeis.edu
  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 Undergraduate Summer Internship Application

Supervised Undergraduate Projects (Summer 2014)

For complete project description, click on link to download the .pdf version

  • Social Media Intern (pdf)
    Amy Powell, HBI Director of Communications, and Michelle Cove, editor of 614: the HBI eZine
    Assist with expanding the reach of the HBI and 614 by assisting in the development of the social media strategy.
  • Orthodox Women, Rabbinical Courts, and the Media (pdf)
    Lisa Fishbayn Joffee, 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.
  • 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.
  • Karen Frostig, Artist & Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University
    Assist in the preparation of a series of post-art project initiatives including publication of a book, and the formulation of a traveling exhibit.
  • Rabbi Debra Reed Blank, Independent Researcher
    Carry out research on contemporary wedding rituals and discover what has been written about them
  • Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Hebrew College
    Assist with research on a classical Jewish text.
  • The Role of Medieval Jewish Women in the Production and Reception of Art in the Medieval Mediterranean World (pdf)
    Eva Hoffman, Assistant Professor, Tufts University
    Develop a bibliography on the role of women in artistic and cultural exchange between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the medieval Mediterranean world, 950-1250 CE.
  • getyourget.com (pdf)
    Layah Kranz Lipsker, HBI Research Associate
    Assist in the development of a new website designed to provide education and advocacy on the Agunah Problem.