AJC Goldman Fellowship Program


AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program is designed to develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to work in offices domestically and throughout the world - from New York City to Melbourne, Australia.

Fellows work closely with supervisors in a mentor relationship with senior AJC personnel to learn about strategy, advocacy, and the development and implementation of programming. Fellows may also spend part of their time developing an independent project with the AJC office to which they are assigned.

Research and policy work span the range of AJC's interests - from international affairs and diplomacy to interethnic relations and non-profit management. Applicants are asked to select their preferred field(s) of interest as well as any location preferences. AJC seeks to match applicant's preferences with the agency's needs.

AJC Goldman Fellows receive $3,000 for the 9-week program plus major travel expenses. The last two years' mandatory debriefing session, immediately following the Fellowship, was held during a week-long trip to Germany.

AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program is made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.

For more information on HOW TO APPLY, scroll down to the "Applying" section of this page.



INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL PLACEMENTS

AJC Goldman Fellows are hosted by national and international AJC offices and affiliates. Fellows in 2009 and 2010 worked in domestic offices in New York City, Atlanta and Washington DC, and in international field offices in Brussels, Warsaw, and Melbourne. Placement is a two-way matching process in which AJC offices and affiliates apply for a Fellow, and students for a Fellowship. Hence, available offices for 2011 Fellows will not be available until March 2011. Click here for offices that hosted 2010 Goldman Fellows.

For specific information on WHAT EACH FELLOWSHIP PLACEMENT ENTAILS, please click here to read about what Fellows have worked on in past years.

DETAILS AND PLANNING

Dates: AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program has been designed to last nine weeks. In 2011, the Fellowship will begin on Monday, May 30th and last until Friday, July 29th. A mandatory debriefing session will take place at the end of the internship. Debriefing sessions take place in NYC though we hope to be able to offer a debriefing in Germany again in 2011 (taking place in the first or second week of August) -- a major highlight for 2009 and 2010 Fellows.

Stipend: Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend and all major travel expenses will be covered. AJC will try to help Fellows find affordable housing, but costs of living must be taken into consideration by Fellows during the selection process.

Who Should Apply? AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program is open to undergraduates in their junior or senior years, and students in graduate and professional schools. Students can come from a broad range of academic backgrounds. Important is excitement to engage the world through a Jewish lens, passion for making a difference, an interest in exploring American Jewish identity, good ideas, and willingness to work hard.

Note: Foreign applicants must already have US internship/work visas to be eligible to participate.

To apply for a volunteer internship with AJC outside of the Goldman Fellowship Program, please check our general internship listing here.

 

APPLYING

Due Date: Friday, January 28, 2011

AJC Goldman Fellowship Program Application (pdf)

In addition to filling out the
application, please include the following:

* Essay of approximately 500 words describing your background and fields of interest for the Fellowship (see Fellowship fields under section entitled "Areas of Interest" above)
* College and graduate transcripts as applicable (official or student copy)
* Resume
* Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or relevant previous employer (need not be written exclusively for Fellowship)
* Recent short (one to two page) writing sample or excerpt of a larger paper, preferably on a topic of political, social, ethical, or specifically Jewish interest

Please send the completed application IN ONE COMPLETE PACKAGE, if possible, to:

Lena Altman
American Jewish Committee
P.O. Box 705
New York, NY 10150

** If you would like to Fed Ex the materials, please email us at
fellowship@ajc.org or call (212) 751-4000 ext 483 for the exact address. If application cannot be mailed, you can also send it via e-mail (fellowship@ajc.org).

Applications should arrive NO LATER THAN
Friday, January 28, 2011 Upon submission, if you do not receive a confirmation email within two weeks, please contact Torben Jaeckel at fellowship@ajc.org or 212-751-4000, ext 483. We cannot guarantee nominations will be evaluated unless you receive a confirmation.

Applicants should expect to hear final notification in mid-March. For further questions, e-mail:
fellowship@ajc.org

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