Program Structure


A note on COVID-19 program adjustments:

LSIP 2020 went entirely virtual with interns working remotely and participating in seminars virtually. LSIP continues to plan for Summer 2021 and will keep safety and health as our first priority. While we hope to be able to hold at least some program components in person, LSIP will reassess the current guidelines as Summer 2021 approaches and will remain virtual, if necessary.

Orientation: June 14-15, 2021

The orientation is an in-depth introduction to the structure and goals of The Harriet and Maurice Lewis Family Summer Intern Program and to the Chicago Jewish community at large. It includes meetings with professional and lay leaders of the Jewish Federation, team-building activities and a mini-mission to member agencies. Orientation provides the interns with a wonderful opportunity to meet the other interns and The Harriet and Maurice Lewis Family Summer Intern Program staff.

We understand that certain universities and colleges may have finals during this time, and that will not impact an intern's eligibility for the program.

Field Work Placements: June 16-August 6, 2021

Interns work full time in supervised placements in agencies and departments of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Interns must be available to fulfill all work requirements during this time period and need to schedule their summer vacations accordingly. Opportunities are available in the fields of:

•    Public Policy
•    Social Work
•    Psychology
•    Education
•    Health Care/ Public Health
•    Communications
•    Grant writing
•    Accounting
•    Development
•    Marketing
•    Business
•    Non-profit management

For-Profit/Business Placements:

  • Real Estate                           
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Sales
  • Healthcare Administration

Assignment is made on the basis of agency need and the individual student's interests or qualifications as discussed in the interview.

Interns will work at their placements four days during the week, and will spend Wednesdays or Fridays in seminars.

Portfolio Capstone Project


Interns are expected to create a portfolio showcasing their work which will be reviewed by a professional and their fellow peers at the end of the summer. This portfolio will provide students with all the tools necessary to walk into their next interview armed with a polished resume, work samples, and with confidence in their ability to speak about themselves, their skills, and what their summer in the Lewis Summer Intern Program has provided for them. The portfolio may also include work done for the group presentations. Sample of the portfolio assignment can be found here.

Weekly Seminars in Professional Development and Jewish Community

LSIP Program Structure

"Going through the Lewis Summer Internship Program this summer I was given the opportunity to develop my professional and leadership skills to help build my future career. The resources within the LSIP program, Jewish United Fund, and the Jewish Community as a whole, have set me up on a path for success moving forward as a professional."  
Jason Wilson, LSIP '15

Seminars will be held on either Wednesdays or Fridays of selected professional development concepts along with issues currently facing the organized Jewish community from multiple perspectives. Format may include discussions, simulations, guest speakers, and briefings from agency staff. Informal social activities are often a by-product of these group interactions.

Seminar topics from previous years included but were not limited to:

•    Building your Professional Brand  
•    Social Media and Business Branding
•    Tradition and Leadership
•    Planning & Allocations of our Chicago Jewish Community
•    Jewish Values in the Workplace Presentations
•    LinkedIn Workshop
•    Guest Speakers from Leaders in our Community
•    Current Trends in Successful Resumes and Cover Letters
•    Israel Current Events and Education
•    Recognizing Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, and Anti-Israel Sentiment
•    Public Speaking & Networking Skills
•    Mock Interviews

JUF/JFNA Student Campaign

Through firsthand experience, interns will learn how the Jewish United Fund supports Jewish communities in Chicago, Israel and worldwide. The focus will be on the concept of Tzedakah and the processes of fundraising and allocations, as well as the personal decision- making process. 
Through creative educational and social venues, the Campaign intern will implement his/her own JUF/JFNA campaign within the intern community. Interns will be asked to make a voluntary gift to the JUF campaign as a reflection of their commitment to the Jewish community.

LSIP Internship

Lewis Summer Intern Program

The 2021 Application is available now!