The FJL USA Internship offers the chance to live in Manhattan and work at outstanding placements in the fields of business, finance, law, media, journalism, politics, hi-tech, medicine and NGOs.
The international Forum for Jewish Leadership has partnered with Aish UK to bring you the FJL USA Internship.
Aside from day-time internship placements, our seminar series brings together prominent professionals and communal leaders with the group, thereby facilitating a meaningful level of engagement with Jewry’s largest and most diverse and vibrant community.
Following the four weeks in New York, the group will travel to Washington DC to meet and hear from some of the most influential policy-makers in the corridors of power who will address questions relating to the application of Judaism in contemporary public policy and the modern world.
Our renowned speakers, along with our in-house educational faculty, provide a thought-provoking analysis of Jewish perspectives on leadership and modernity offering a holistic approach to effective leadership both within the community and beyond.
Past FJL Participants
While there are many British Jews in positions of responsibility and prominence in the UK, only a handful are involved seriously at a communal level. FJL is playing an essential role in nurturing the next generation of Jewish leaders needed to strengthen our institutions and address important challenges.
Jamie Black, Pro-Israel activist, Cambridge graduate
I am now back in London and thrilled to have the FJL alumni network offering social, business and Jewish themed events. To have finished university but still have an incredible set of connections and opportunities is immensely valuable on both a personal and professional level.
Max Steinberg, Nottingham graduate, now at Talisman
Deputy National Security Advisor under George W Bush (2005-09)
Professor at the NYU School of International Relations
COO of the ACEEE
Director-General of UNESCO
Writer & educator. Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Global Head of HR at Bloomberg, NY
U.S. Ambassador to Czech Republic (2011-14)
Co-founder & Chairman of the Gerson Lehman Group
Executive Director & Financial Advisor of JP Morgan Securities
Director, The Lawfare Project
Executive Vice-Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations
Chief of Staff to Senator Rob Portman & former President at Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock
Democratic Party fundraiser; Co-founder, No-Labels
Former Democratic Staff Director, House Budget Committee
Founder & Editor of The Weekly Standard & former Chief of Staff to Vice-President Dan Quayle
Former US Senator & Democratic nominee for Vice-President in 2000 election
Founder & Chief Executive of Third Point LLC
Chief Risk Officer of the NSA
Former Special Assistance to President Obama
Partner at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP
Founder of Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co & Chairman of Taglit-Birthright Israel
Co-chairman of The Loews Corporation
CEO of the American Health Policy Institute & former advisor at the White House
President & CEO of the Hudson Institute
Special Advisor, U.S. Department of State & former Jewish Liaison at the White House
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an internship entail?
Each internship varies. In general terms, interns might be tasked with research, fact-checking and editing, as well as administrative tasks and further exposure to the workings of the firm and its dealings with clients. Ultimately, the internship gives one a sense of 'how New York works' and constitutes a great networking opportunity; and by adapting fast, participants can learn more and secure influential contacts for the future.
Where do participants intern?
Internships are available in a variety of sectors including business, finance, law, media, journalism, politics, hi-tech, medicine and NGOs (please see Past Intern Hosts above). All of these will be based in New York City and are an ideal opportunity to build your CV and create a prestigious experience to aid future job applications.
What else does the FJL USA Internship offer aside from work placements?
In addition to the valuable internship placement, the programme includes a seminar series, bringing participants face-to-face with high-profile figures from the banking and finance world, politicians, policy-makers, Jewish educators and communal leaders. Furthermore, when in Washington, the trip is regularly able to tour the White House and Capitol Hill. See sample itinerary above.
What is the Jewish content of the FJL Summer Internship?
The Jewish educational component involves seminars, presentations and interactive group-based discussions which will address key issues associated with Jewish philosophy and topics of contemporary significance, including the interaction of Jewish ethics, public policy, business and finance. The Jewish education is led by our in-house teachers, as well as renowned Jewish educators from the New York and Washington Area.
Are there expectations in terms of religious observance during FJL Summer Internship?
Is there any free time during the programme?
What do participants do in the evenings?
Where do participants stay?
Participants stay at The Brownstone, a Jewish community centre in the heart of Manhattan.
Is it possible to participate on the FJL USA Internship if I will need to miss any part of the programme?
Unfortunately, we can only offer places on the FJL USA Internship subject to full participation on both the internship itself and the accompanying evening and weekend seminar series. The internship placements are relatively short as it is and, as a result, it is simply not possible for us to secure placements in the event of someone needing to miss any part of the programme due to other commitments during the dates of the programmes.