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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 | CCC Job ID #39647 

Deadline: March 3, 2014
Open to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students

Location: Israel
2014 Jeff Metcalf Archeological Dig Intern

SUPERVISOR: Yorke M. Rowan, Research Associate, The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago


The internship will be conducted from July 28 – September 10, 2014. Approximately half 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. The final three 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 20-Sept. 10: 8:30am – 4:30pm (post-excavation work in Jerusalem)

The total number of internship hours: 320 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 we 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 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 period. 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 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, palaeobotanical 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

Oriental Institute | CCC Job ID #38512
Deadline: February 24, 2014
Open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students
Chicago, Illinois

2014 Jeff Metcalf Research Intern

Organization Description:

The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute serves as one of the premiere libraries for the study of the ancient Near East in the western hemisphere and supports the mission of the Oriental Institute to further knowledge about the languages and culture of the ancient Middle East. Within the context of the Integrated Database Project at the Oriental Institute, the Research Archives is striving to gather information about scholars, institutions, repositories, museums, and collections for the purposes of institutional history, data curation and preservation, and ultimately for distribution to scholars and the interested public via an open access database. The project will open avenues of research currently unavailable by taking advantage of new technology that allows information from disparate disciplines to be linked together including Oriental Institute Museum Registration, Archives, Photographic Archives, and Research Archives. Data from these sources will serve as a foundation from which to build narrative histories of people, objects, publications, and institutions, with links out to resources such as the Virtual International Authority File. The project aims to connect records containing data for scholars and institutions with related publication records, digitized publication files, image files, and object records within a nested set of hierarchical subject narratives. Combining all of this information into a single online platform will allow research to be conducted on multiple levels from several perspectives simultaneously, thereby providing a uniquely powerful resource tool for ancient Near East studies.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The Metcalf intern will be responsible for researching, collecting, collating, editing, and organizing a variety of digital assets across the diverse disciplines of ancient Near Eastern studies for the Research Archives of the Oriental Institute. The Metcalf intern will work within the Institutional History of Ancient Near Eastern Studies project, through which the disparate information about the institutions and scholars of these fields of study are being assembled for preservation, research, and public distribution through the Oriental Institute’s Integrated Database project.


Attention to detail and the ability to conduct independent library research are necessary. The ideal candidate will also have a general understanding of data management through experience working with multiple database software platforms.


Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, and Windows Operating Systems.


Spertus Institute | CCC Job ID #37578
Deadline: February 24, 2014
Open to 3rd year students
Chicago, Illinois

2014 Jeff Metcalf Curatorial Intern


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: Research and Implementation of Core Collection Virtual Exhibition Project—Curatorial Assistant

The Curatorial Assistant will be involved with the preparation of materials, production of guide materials and label content, and research into items selected for display in Spertus’ Core Collection Virtual Exhibition that is being developed to make Spertus collections accessible and to expand the focus of current resources. In support of other collections and exhibitions, the Curatorial Assistant 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 Assistant will digitize materials for upload to institutional databases and website for the benefit of graduate students, faculty, researchers, and the public. The Curatorial Assistant may also be assigned other research projects, including research related to Spertus’ annual One Book One Community project.


Illinois Holocaust Museum | CCC Job ID #37403
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Open undergraduates graduating between December 2013 and June 2015
Skokie, Illinois

2014 Jeff Metcalf Education Intern

The Education Intern assists within the Education Department with organization, scheduling, and public outreach as the Museum continues to grow and educate the Midwest region about the Holocaust and genocide. The Education Department works with school groups to expand knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and hosts continued training for teachers who wish to enrich their classroom curriculum. The Department also works closely with survivors who educate students and adult by sharing their personal stories. We utilize the summer to revise frameworks and to update our literature based teaching trunks, as well as to create our workshops for educators throughout the school year.

Duties may include the following:

– Actively participating as a member of the Education Department wherever need arises

– Assisting with Group Tours and field trips, special events and working with our volunteer docents

– Assisting visitors in Museum exhibitions

– Producing presentations for outside organizations to learn about the work done at IHMEC

– Preparing and organizing materials for training of docents and teachers to assist senior staff

– Editing written materials

– Sharing ideas for Department programming, curriculum

– Effectively communicating Museum policy by phone and email


The Forward | CCC Job ID #40029

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates

Location: New York, New York

The Forward, a national Jewish news organization, is offering a paid fellowship 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. 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, for a 32 hour week, for 10 weeks. Knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and affairs, health and education are not necessary but they are a plus. The ideal candidate will have had at least one journalism internship or significant student journalism experience.


Institute of Molecular Engineering | CCC Job ID #40027

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduates

Location: Beer Sheeba, Israel

2014 Jeff Metcalf Intern

Internships in Israel on Topics concerning Water through the Institute for Molecular Engineering and Ben Gurion University:

These internships, co-sponsored by the IME and the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, will be held with and at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, Israel. The Jeff Metcalf internship will provide students the opportunity to spend 10 weeks in Israel at Ben Gurion University conducting research under the mentorship and guidance of a professor.  Research projects can range over any topic connected to water, from science and engineering to the social sciences and humanities: from laboratory work on purification methods, membrane technology, and agricultural use of water to the contemporary politics over water, policy and economic questions about the allocation of water resources, and the place of water in the history of the Middle East. The students selected will be given a $5000 stipend to engage in a research-related project on a topic of their choice. The students will be allowed the opportunity to create and structure the project around their academic passions and career experiences under the direction of a faculty mentor.