International Education and Jewish Engagement Advocacy Intern

Preference for Washington, D.C., with possibility of San Francisco, CA or New York, NY

Internship Summary

The intern for International Education and Jewish Engagement will have an opportunity to support the content creation and constituent management functions related to rabbinic engagement and advocacy at AJWS. They will be responsible for research into Judaic and Human Rights materials, curriculum production, and constituent database maintenance. They will also be responsible for supporting our Jewish advocacy and engagement by tracking legislation and our actions to further our legislative agenda.

The Intern will gain the following skills:

  • The working culture of a large Jewish/social justice organization; decision-making and accountability structures in a large, sophisticated non-profit
  • Detailed knowledge of contemporary human rights approaches
  • The complexity of translating an ancient textural tradition to speak to contemporary issues
  • How a publication or curriculum moves from ideas to finished product
  • Key techniques for managing time and projects
  • The use and importance of a constituent management database, like Salesforce
  • The nuts-and-bolts of how to do advocacy and engagement through a major Jewish organization

Key Responsibilities:

  • Track progress on our legislative agenda – namely the Rohingya crisis, foreign policy infrastructure, international sexual health and rights, and anti-corruption in Latin America. Tracking can be done by staying on top of media and congressional actions, and – if stationed in Washington, DC – can entail attending Congressional hearings and briefings and sending written reports to AJWS team members
  • Strategize and implement a resource organization system for educational resources on Jewish social justice and all AJWS grantmaking issues. Implement an internal site to host curricular documents for our education work.
  • Draft action alert templates within our software around AJWS advocacy priorities
  • Update and administer constituent management database
  • Implement congressional connections tracking tool for use in our advocacy. This includes tracking actions taken by AJWS constituents towards our advocacy goals (phone calls, e-actions, etc.)
  • Review and update articles and readings on social justice and human rights
  • Assist in organizing Jewish Rohingya Justice Network meetings and actions
  • If in Washington, DC, attend coalition meetings and briefings or hearings on Capitol Hill with AJWS staff members
  • Work with supervisor to design and implement constituent advocacy tracking processes in Salesforce


  • A commitment to global human rights
  • Background in informal or participatory education
  • Experience working with Excel or Salesforce, or broad technological literacy and a willingness to learn and explore
  • Familiarity with contemporary social justice and human rights discourse
  • Problem solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible work style and an interest in being a part of a dynamic and evolving team
  • Familiarity with U.S. Government structures and law-making processes a plus

How to Apply:

This is a paid 8-week program, beginning June 22nd and concluding August 14th. It is designed for students who have completed at least one year at a college or university. Students interested in pursuing a summer internship at AJWS should submit a resume and application via email to with the name(s) of the internship(s) in the subject line.

Driven by Jewish and human rights values, AJWS prioritizes and celebrates diversity. People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Application submission deadline is March 6, 2020.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.