The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh wants to hire a team of interns to support its community-driven missions and build stronger teen connections through local programming.
There are four paid positions in the Peer Engagement Internship, or PEI, program at the JCC in Squirrel Hill. All of them report to The Second Floor, the JCC’s teen engagement division. Teens must be 16 or older — and in grades 10 through 12 — to apply for the positions, said Fara Marcus, JCC’s chief development and marketing officer.
Applications are being accepted now and will be accepted until all four posts are filled.
“It trains and empowers teens to help and create a more inclusive teen community,” Marcus said. “These are teens serving as connections here in Jewish Pittsburgh.”
The teen interns will take part in monthly skill-building workshops, as well as team-led workshops, Marcus said. The four positions will assist JCC staff during open hours, help with Israel engagement and steering committees, plan monthly challah bake sales, address food insecurity and social justice, and guide wellness programming at the JCC.
All positions are based at the JCC in Squirrel Hill.
Marcus said the ideal candidates are “teens who would want to connect their peers to things that match their interests.” She called the PEI program “a very open, inclusive internship.”
Josh Cohen is the Jewish teen life director at the JCC; he oversees the PEI program as part of his role with the organization.
“I’m really excited about getting to work with our Peer Engagement Intern team to help them gain new leadership skills and excited to then see them put those skills into action,” Cohen said.
“Our ideal intern is any teen, 16 years or older, who has a desire to build relationships with their peers,” he added. “We also look for teens that will help foster the welcoming and inclusive culture that we strive for with our teen programming and on The Second Floor.”
There are two sessions during which the interns can serve – fall (or September through December), and spring (or January through June). The interns also can choose to serve during both sessions, Marcus said.
Marcus said the internship would be a great addition to college applications — for the right set of teens.
“I think so many of our JCC teen programs … provide such lifelong skills and leadership training,” she said. “They prepare you for college and for life after college.”
Interested teens can apply at jccpgh.org/children-teens-family/teens/peer-engagement-internship. PJC
Justin Vellucci is a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh.