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Rhea S. Schwartz Scholarship Program

Rhea S. Schwartz Scholarship Program

The Jewish Studies program is currently offering two stipends to support students pursuing unpaid internships in a Jewish or Israel related field for the Summer of 2021.

We understand many students would like to pursue internships but are unable to do so because of funding difficulties. Our program wishes to empower and enable students to benefit from these unique opportunities.

Who is eligible to receive the funding?

Any full-time student pursuing an unpaid internship in a Jewish or Israel related field for the summer of 2021 is eligible to apply.

The internships must be sponsored by a Jewish institution or focused on Jewish or Israeli issues. Examples might include working for a Jewish museum, a Jewish newspaper or journal, an advocacy organization or philanthropy. If you have questions about whether or not your internship fits our eligibility requirements, please contact Professor Eliyana Adler.

Can I apply for funding even if I have not been offered the position?

You can apply for the Summer Funding Grant even if you have not yet been offered the position. Stipends will only be disbursed with confirmation of internship acceptance.

Note: Jewish Studies is not offering either internships or credit. We seek to help students to be able to take advantage of existing opportunities.

How do I apply?

To apply, you must submit:

  • A brief (1-2 page) essay about the internship and your goals.
  • A budget explaining your funding needs.
  • An acceptance letter for the internship. If you have not received an acceptance letter yet, please note the date you expect to be notified.

Email your essay, budget, and acceptance letter (if applicable) to jstd@psu.edu. In the subject line of your email, please include your first and last name along with the name of the scholarship (example: JSP Summer Internship Stipend – FirstName LastName).

The maximum award of $2,000 will be available only for those who cannot live at home for the internship period.  

Note: If you receive the summer funding, you will be required to write a blog post about your experience that will be published on the Jewish Studies social media platforms and website.

Applications Due: April 1st, 2021

2021 Award Winner

“Resurgent Antisemitism: The Threat of Viktor Orban and His Political Arsenal” by Jacob Green

Additional Questions

The Jewish Studies Program Summer funding may be used to help you to cover costs of travel, rent, and food for the summer. The money can be used for any costs associated with the internship.

Yes, you are still allowed to apply for the Summer Grant if you are also applying for other sources of funding. We require that applicants disclose where else they are applying for funding and if applicants receive alternate sources of funding before the decision.

There are a number of other sources of funding for summer experiences available through Penn State. Please check the list of resources provided by the College of the Liberal Arts or contact the Penn State University Fellowship Office.

Recipients will find out at the Jewish Studies Awards Ceremony at 7pm on Wednesday 21 April. All applicants will be notified by the first week of May.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Interim Director of Jewish Studies Professor Eliyana Adler.