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Through the generous support of its donors, the Center of Jewish Studies of The University of Chicago co-sponsors with the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program the following internships for undergraduates at Jewish institutions in America and at an archeological site in Israel. The internships are competitive and not limited to students involved in Jewish studies or the programs of the Center.  Interested students should follow the procedures of the Jeff Metcalf internship program.   Please log in to Chicago Career Connection (CCC) with your CNetID and note the application deadlines listed below.

Oriental Institute

2013 Jeff Metcalf Archaeological Research Intern | Job ID: 30319

Application Deadline: March 18th at 6:00pm

Open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate students

The internship will be conducted from July 14 – September 6, 2013.  Most of the internship will be spent at the excavation of Marj Rabba, a Chalcolithic (c. 4500-3600 BCE) site in the Lower Galilee of Israel and continues in the north on the campus of ORT Braude College for one week after the excavation. The final two weeks of the internship will include finds processing, curatorial duties, database management and other post-excavation work conducted in Jerusalem, based at the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research.

Sunday – Thursday: 5:00am – 1:00pm (field) and 4:00 – 6:00pm (laboratory work)

Friday: 5:00am – 1:00pm

August 19-Sept. 3: 8:30am – 4:30pm (post-excavation work in Jerusalem)

The total number of internship hours: 415 hours


As an internship, emphasis will be placed on active participation in the ongoing research of the Chalcolithic period (4500-3600 BCE) in the lower Galilee, a period in this area for which we know very little. The intern will receive extensive training in excavation methods, recording procedures, use of the total station and the preliminary processing of artifacts. As part of the excavation project I will supervise and mentor the intern on a daily basis. Our daily excavation schedule will begin at 5:00am, when begin work in the field excavating, surveying, planning and recording the process of unearthing a village and its associated artifacts. One-on-one training with the intern will leave the student with a skill set which includes: excavating, section drawing, planning, field walking and surveying. After lunch and a siesta each day we will process the artifacts and finds from the day’s activities. This includes washing, labeling and drawing the finds and then entering the data into databases. Map making and digitization (using programs like ARCGIS and Adobe Illustrator) will also be part of the daily program. Exposure to the artifacts and their associated archaeological contexts will allow for a deeper understanding of the material culture and life ways of the Chalcolithic. Additionally lectures by project staff and visiting experts will explore the archaeology of the region and supplement the primary focus on the hands on internship experience. The breadth and scope of the lectures and the impressive array of speakers will provide an excellent introduction to the Chalcolithic of the Southern Levant. As part of the internship field trips to other archaeological sites in the region, will provide comparative models for the practice of archaeology in the Levant.


•           excavating and recording architectural and nonarchitectural contexts

•           database entry of field notes, locus sheets, and artifact counts

•           basic training in identification and processing of animal bones, paleobotanical remains, ceramics, lithics, ground stone and other elements of the material culture of the  Chalcolithic of the Galilee

•           maintaining provenience control for excavated contexts and cultural materials

•           writing narrative notes and completing provenience forms

•           drawing measured plan maps and cross sections

•           drawing and describing stratigraphic profiles

•           using a total station

•           photographing archaeological contexts

•           processing archaeological specimens and samples

•           analyzing a variety of artifacts, including pottery, stone tools, and stone debitage

•           managing archaeological collections using a relational database

This internship is made possible by the generous donation from the Center of Jewish Studies, The University of Chicago.


Spertus Institute

2013 Jeff Metcalf Curatorial Internship | Job ID: 29704

Application Deadline: March 18th at 6:00pm

Open to 3rd year undergraduate students

Location: Chicago, IL


Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus today offers an innovative, non-denominational array of specialized and public programming, grounded in Jewish thought, inspired by Jewish values, and resolutely relevant to people’s lives. Spertus offers accredited graduate-level degree programs in areas that are critical to the Jewish and wider communities — including Jewish studies, leadership training, and nonprofit management. Recognizing that learning is sparked by many points of entry, programming at Spertus also includes cultural and continuing education offerings, such as lectures, seminars, exhibits, concerts, and films. Partnerships and collaborative relationships in the Jewish, academic, philanthropic, and cultural arenas further allow Spertus to serve as a portal for diverse learning opportunities. The Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their experiences at Spertus are inspiring and  even transformative. That is by design, because the Institute pursues cutting-edge best practice in everything it does. This results in meaningful, important opportunities for personal and professional growth for constituents and communities.

Internship Title and Job Description: Curatorial Intern

The Curatorial Intern will be involved with the preparation of materials, production of guide materials and label content, and research into items selected for display in Spertus’ Art around the Building project (potentially including works by Marc Chagall, Yaacov Agam, Jacob Steinhardt, Yosl Bergner, and several others). The Curatorial Intern will also research and inventory unidentified or insufficiently identified works in the museum, rare map, rare book, archival, and music collections and develop information files to be loaded into the collection databases. In some cases, the Curatorial Intern will digitize materials for upload to institutional databases and website for the benefit of graduate students, faculty, researchers, and the public. The position would include preparation of materials for display in the visible storage Depot, as well as the photographing, digitizing of materials, assistance with concepts and designs for possible virtual exhibitions, and response to public inquiries.

This internship is made possible by the generous donation from the Center of Jewish Studies, The University of Chicago.


The Forward

2013 Jeff Metcalf Journalism Intern | Job ID: 30442

Application Deadline: April 9th at 6:00pm

Open to 3rd year undergraduate students

Location: New York City, NY

The Forward, a national Jewish news organization, is offering three paid fellowships this summer that will offer journalism students a chance to hone their reporting, writing and research skills by working alongside seasoned reporters and editors. Fellows will publish stories in our print and online editions and learn firsthand how to produce a vital daily website and a 30,000-circulation print weekly.

The Forward is a legendary name in American journalism and a revered institution in American Jewish life. We are committed to independent reporting on contemporary news, politics, arts and culture in the Jewish world.

We are seeking students and recent graduates who are self-starters and show initiative in spotting and pursuing stories, have good critical-thinking skills, can synthesize information quickly and accurately, and don’t mind working long hours as part of a team to produce excellent stories. The fellows are paid $10 an hour.

Knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and affairs, health and education are a plus. The ideal candidate will have had at least one journalism internship. He or she will receive mentoring by an experienced editor and will take part in the same professional opportunities afforded the staff. The goal of the program is to provide young journalists with an opportunity to learn more about reporting, writing and multimedia via a hands-on experience and with close supervision by seasoned editors.

During the 10-week program, the fellows will:

·         Write regularly for the news, arts or features sections.

·         Contribute to special sections on education and the science of Jewish genetic diseases.

·         Post blogs and stories on the Web.

·         Help with proofing of the paper.

The fellows will be encouraged to pitch stories for the paper and the blogs. They will also be encouraged to blog daily. They must commit to working at least three days a week in the newsroom and will receive weekly feedback from editors who will serve as mentors throughout the summer. The program begins June 3 and will run through September 6. Though these dates are flexible, fellows must commit to a 10-week program.

The fellowships are:

News: The ideal candidate has good writing and reporting skills and also has familiarity with computer-assisted investigative reporting. Experience compiling and manipulating databases on programs such as Excel is a plus. The fellowship will be a combination of assisting other reporters with research as well as developing stories on your own. The reporter should be able to spot stories of Jewish interest not covered in the mainstream media, or look for uncovered angles in those that do make the MSM.

Arts and Features: The ideal candidate has good writing and reporting skills and has a background in arts and features reporting as well as writing. The fellowship will be a combination of assisting the arts and culture team with administration and research as well as developing stories on your own. The reporter should be able to spot stories of Jewish interest not covered in the mainstream media, or look for uncovered angles in those that do make the MSM.

Online: The fellow will write and edit online features and blog posts, conduct Q & As, and produce audio and video segments. He or she also will help manage social media, moderate comments and learn how to use our content management system. Ideal candidates will have strong news judgment and some experience writing for the Web. The intern will have access to our recording studio and state of the art equipment. While video and audio editing experience is preferred, we can teach editing programs such as Flash, Final Cut Pro and Logic, to the right candidate.

This internship is made possible by the Center of Jewish Studies, The University of Chicago.