The Brownstone 2020
at outstanding placements in a variety of sectors
by living in New York and enjoying all it has to offer
the latest developments in top industries
in a thought-provoking FJL seminar series
with world leading professionals and entrepreneurs
Open to students from top universities across Australia
A new exciting program that offers the chance for Australian students to live in Manhattan and work at outstanding placements in the fields of business, finance, law, media, journalism, politics, hi-tech, medicine, and NGOs.
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.
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.
— CHARLES BRAUNSTEIN
Charles studied for his undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Leeds. He attended the Washington Internship in 2011 where he worked at the Foreign Policy Institute. After university, Charles worked at the Israeli Embassy and is now a Project Manager at Network Rail. He is currently on the management board at his local synagogue and is an avid football player. He recently led an Israel Birthright trip.
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 programme 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. See sample itinerary above.
What is the Jewish content of the programme?
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 Area.
Are there expectations in terms of religious observance during the programme?
This programme is designed for all Jewish students regardless of religious beliefs or levels of observance. We will spend Shabbat together as a group which will include a Friday night service and group meals, but there are no expectations of anyone in terms of their own observance beyond that.
Is there any free time during the programme?
There will be one free weekend and Sundays are generally free. In addition, most evenings are free from 8pm.
What do participants do in the evenings?
On most days after work, there is some group activity or seminar accompanied by dinner. Thereafter, participants are free to make the most of the rest of the evening. Over the course of a week, including weekends, there are an average of 4-5 such seminars.
Where do participants stay?
Participants stay in dormitories at The Brownstone, a Jewish community centre in the heart of Manhattan.
Is it possible to participate on the programme if I will need to miss any part of the programme?
Unfortunately, we can only offer places on the programme 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.
Who is eligible for this programme?
This year, the programme is in partnership with the Moriah college and is open to Jewish students from Australia. All applications must be submitted through Moriah college.
What should my CV include?
A CV should be no more than one page and include a broad overview of all educational achievements and relevant work experience to date, with a brief description of the nature of such work and the skills it developed. Please note that we will be forwarding your CV to our internship hosts, and that, by applying, you agree to your CV being shared with relevant third parties. We will not share your CV or application details with anyone not directly involved in the application process.
What is the selection process to be accepted on to the programme?
Our trips are highly oversubscribed and therefore unfortunately there will be candidates who would have been accepted, but are not purely due to lack of space. All applications are processed through Moriah College.