Winter Internship

The FJL USA Internship, run in partnership with The Brownstone and Moriah College in Australia, 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.

December 2018

Open to students from top universities across Australia



Past FJL Participants

The opportunity to live and work in New York was invaluable. The vibrancy of the city means there is no better place to build both friendships and a professional network. I have remained in contact with my intern host and it is great to know, two years on, that he is just a phone call away. The advice I've received has provided a lot of clarity to my chosen career path and the friendships I formed have provided copious amounts of fun!

Harry Lewis, Cambridge graduate, now at Eastdil Secured

Spending a month in Manhattan making incredible new friends in the fantastic Brownstone accommodation was non-stop fun, we wished the trip would never end.

Stephanie Posner, Cambridge graduate, now at Harvard


Past Speakers


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 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. See sample itinerary above.

What is the Jewish content of the FJL USA 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 Area.

Are there expectations in terms of religious observance during the FJL USA Internship?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Where do participants stay?

Participants stay in dormitories at The Brownstone, a Jewish community centre in the heart of Manhattan.

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 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.

Who is eligible for this programme?

This year, the FJL USA Internship (Winter 2017) 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. Beyond that we look to identify who will gain most from FJL programming and who will be inclined to stay involved with us in the future, as well as who identifies with what we stand for. Despite not being able to offer trips for everyone, our alumni programming, which is highly regarded, is open to all and several of our most involved alumni did not attend these internship programmes previously.