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Rhea S. Schwartz Scholarship Program - Summer Internship Stipend

PSU 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.

The Penn State Jewish Studies Program understands many students would like to pursue internships but are unable to do so because of funding difficulties. Our department wants to empower and enable students to benefit from these unique opportunities.


Who is eligible to receive the funding?

Any full-time motivated student pursuing an unpaid internship in a Jewish or Israel related field for the summer of 2021 is eligible to apply. We realize that many students would like to pursue internships in areas relevant to their interests and professional pursuits but sometimes cannot afford to do so.  

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

You can apply for the JSP 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.

What internships are eligible?

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 at .

How do I apply?

To apply, you must submit a brief (1-2 page) essay about the internship and your goals, as well as a budget explaining your needs, to . The maximum award of $2,000 will be available only for those who cannot live at home for the internship period.   

Please submit your essay as a Word or PDF attachment. Be sure to note whether you are pursuing a Jewish Studies minor, major, or certificate. 

If you have received an acceptance letter for the internship, please include this in the email as well. If you have not received an acceptance letter yet, please note the date you are expected 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).

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 are due April 1st, 2021.

How can I use the funding?

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.

I am applying for other funding. Can I still apply?

Yes, you are still allowed to apply for the JSP 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.

Are there other summer funding resources at Penn State?

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

When will I be notified if I have received the funding?

We plan to hold an awards ceremony at the end of April and will notify all applicants of our decisions by the first week of May.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

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

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