Summer 2020 Washington, D.C. Internship

The Jewish Federations of North America Washington DC

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)’s Washington Office, the policy arm of JFNA, is seeking a summer intern who wants to pursue their interests in Jewish communal work, national policy and advocacy, and/or program management.


JFNA is among the top 10 charities in the world. JFNA’s Washington Office brings the voice of 146 Jewish community Federations and over 300 independent Jewish communities throughout North America to Capitol Hill and the Administration as a prominent force in policy decision-making. Interns will have the unique opportunity to work on a diverse range of issues, including promoting health policies that help older adults age with dignity; protecting programs for vulnerable populations, such as domestic violence victims, LGBTQ+ persons, people with disabilities, refugees, and low-income families; supporting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship; safeguarding the Jewish community from terrorism; and more. Interns will learn innovative approaches to community engagement by organizing and informing local grassroots networks of Jewish federations and affiliated social service agencies. The day-to-day responsibilities of a JFNA internship may include, but are not limited to, attending congressional hearings and meetings with congressional staff, taking part in advocacy/leadership training days, drafting action alerts and other advocacy materials, compiling and analyzing surveys, assisting with conference or meeting planning, and researching and writing on a variety of public policy topics.


Interns will work with the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care (Center), which promotes the national expansion of innovative, person-centered, trauma-informed programs and services for Holocaust Survivors and other older adult victims of trauma. Interns will assist the Center’s efforts in providing support to dozens of community-based social service agencies across the country by completing a task such as assisting with the development and production of training webinars and workshops, processing reports, drafting, and editing policy memoranda and tracking and analyzing data.



  • Proficient in using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Professional behavior and ability to work with diverse personalities and work styles
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Detail-oriented
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student preferred


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, two brief writing samples (up to four pages in length each), and two references.



  • Interns can earn a stipend.
  • Gain the experience of what it means to be a full-time employee by attending meetings, determining priorities, and managing expectations.
  • Work in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., in a friendly and collaborative office environment.
  • Gain knowledge about how the Jewish community organizes to improve public policies for Jews and Americans.
  • Learn what is entailed with managing a federally-funded, nation-wide grant program.


JFNA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Please indicate on your application if you need any accommodations for your interview.

Qualifications: 0-2 years of experience.