StandWithUs High School Interns are required to fulfil the following:
Attend the fall StandWithUs High School Internship Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
Attend the StandWithUs Israel in Focus Conference in Los Angeles, CA during 2nd semester.
Work on fostering a group of students dedicated to promoting Israel in their high school or community. (Or work within an existing high school group to do the same.)
Organize and run at least four Israel educational events (see details below).
Participate in monthly mentorship sessions with other interns in the region (see details below).
Optional: take part in a national campaign to further Israel education of their peers (see details below).
StandWithUs High School Interns are required to run at least four events throughout the year:
All programs should strive to be coalition-building events with diverse groups of students.
Program ideas include but are not limited to:
A film screening
A presentation series aimed at educating peers about Israel
A social event highlighting Israeli culture
A community Israel celebration
Bringing a special speaker to fellow students
Interns are required to submit comprehensive reports to their respective StandWithUs coordinator one week after the scheduled event.
At least four photos of participants engaged in the program
A short, written report about the event and the impact the event had
All pre-approved invoices and receipts for the event as appropriate
StandWithUs High School Interns are required to participate in monthly mentorship sessions:
Once every month, interns will meet with their fellow regional interns online to participate in an educational session about Israel.
Sessions will be taught by the interns’ respective StandWithUs coordinator.
Interns will continue to learn about Israel, its history, and its culture as well as learn about the conflict, strategising for the future, and special advocacy techniques.
Sessions will usually be around one hour long.
StandWithUs High School Interns can choose to participate in an Israel-related campaign throughout the year:
Interns will work with other interns around the country to implement a campaign aimed at educating other teens and community members about Israel.
Interns interested in participating will work closely with their respective StandWithUs coordinator for mentorship and guidance throughout the year.
Participating interns will present their successes at the spring conference at the end of the internship.
Evaluations and Recruitment Requirements:
StandWithUs High School Interns will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following criteria:
Impact and quality of the campaign and programs run throughout the year
Handling of anti-Israel situations in their community (when applicable)
Communication and responsiveness with StandWithUs High School Department staff
Fulfilling all event and reporting requirements
Exemplary StandWithUs High School Interns will receive:
Priority access to StandWithUs speakers, grants, and materials
A chance to win a $500 stipend toward their next trip to Israel
StandWithUs High School Interns are to recruit a replacement at the end of the year.
Ideally each intern should find two to three applicants at his or her high school or community for next year’s StandWithUs High School Internship.
Q: Do I need to be Jewish to participate in the StandWithUs High School Internship program?
A: No, you do not. You must have demonstrated your leadership and passion for Israel in your community, but by being nominated, you have been recognized by someone in your community as a leader, so you probably don’t need to worry about this.
Q: Do I need to have been to Israel to participate in the StandWithUs High School Internship program?
A: While a trip to Israel is always a fantastic way to be a primary source of information about Israel and to be able to see the realities on the ground, it is not a requirement of the internship.
Q: Do I need to have my references send letters of recommendation with my application?
A: Let your references know that they may be contacted if we need additional information about you as an applicant, but that they do not need to send letters of recommendation.
Q: What are the chances that I’ll get accepted into the program?
A: It is hard to answer this question, but we can tell you that this program is highly selective. In addition, it depends on where you live, what school you go to, how many students apply for the internship from your school, and the quality of your application. Last year, we received close to 600 nominations for the program and accepted 91 students. So, work hard on your application and it will go a long way!
Q: If I am not accepted into the internship program, can I still be involved?
A: Of course! StandWithUs is here to support ALL students who want to stand up and advocate for Israel. We are happy to help you plan Israel programs for your friends, start an Israel club at your school, provide you with mentorship and materials for your programs, and connect you with other pro-Israel students in your region. We’d be happy to keep you involved in whatever way you would like! We’ll send you more information about our StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council program to start!
Q: What is the cost associated with participation in the internship?
A: The internship is 100% free! We pay for all your flights/conference fees. In addition, we provide you with the materials/support/funding in order to plan and implement successful Israel programs for your friends and peers. You and your parents should not have to spend a dime in order for you to participate in the internship.
Q: Can I get community service hours or volunteer credits for the internship for my school?
A: We are happy to work with your school and with your teachers to make sure that you can count this internship as community service hours or volunteer credits. Please be in touch with your StandWithUs coordinator to work out the details.
Q: Can I include this on my résumé for college?
A: Absolutely! This internship is a perfect way to show colleges that when you have a passion for something (Israel), you act on it and do everything in your power to ensure that your passion has turned into an action. If need be, you may contact your StandWithUs coordinator for a letter of recommendation as well.
Q: How long does the internship last?
A: The internship begins in August at the fall training conference and spans the entire school year until the beginning of June.
Q: On average, how many hours a week will I need to dedicate to the internship?
A: On average, you should probably set aside two hours a week for the internship. There may be a week where you are planning on running a program and you will need to designate more time to prepare for the program (with your StandWithUs coordinator’s help), and there may be a week where you have very little going on and you will spend less time.
Q: Can I balance this internship with a demanding course load at school?
A: This is entirely up to you and how well you can manage your time. If you are incredibly committed to the internship and getting everything out of it that you possibly can, you will have to put in some time (see above question). That being said, you are a student FIRST and an Israel advocate SECOND. You must make sure that you remain a good student and keep your grades up. Should your grades begin to slip due to the internship, it will result in a meeting with you and your parents to discuss if the internship is really a good idea.
Q: What can I expect to learn at the fall conference?
A: At the fall conference, you will receive all the tools you need to go back to your community and educate your peers about Israel. Sessions will include: “Why Are You Here, and What Made You Passionate About Israel?,” “Introduction to Israel on Campus,” “Advocacy Techniques and Skills,” “Israeli Innovations and Gifts to the World,” “Israel Beyond the Conflict,” “How to Plan and Implement a Successful Program,” etc. By the end of the fall conference, you will feel confident in your ability to go home and teach your friends about Israel and how to advocate for Israel.
Q: What can I expect to learn from the second conference?
A: You will learn how to take what you learned throughout the school year and apply it to your future college campus (seniors) or how you can continue to stay involved in the coming school year in high school (juniors). You will hear from world-renowned Israel advocates and experts in invigorating sessions. You will celebrate the completion of a successful year with your fellow StandWithUs High School Interns, and you will be given a chance to share your successes.
Q: Are the conferences kosher/shomer Shabbat-friendly?
A: All StandWithUs conferences are ALWAYS 100% glatt kosher and 100% shomer Shabbat. While students are not expected to keep Shabbat during their free time at the conferences, we ask that everyone respect the public places and keep Shabbat while outside of the bunks/in common areas.
Q: Are the conferences mandatory?
A: Yes, both the fall and the spring conferences are mandatory and must be attended. We do make certain exceptions in extenuating circumstances but recommend that in order to get the most out of the internship program, you attend as much of both of the conferences as possible. If you have specific questions about your conflict, speak to your StandWithUs High School Department coordinator or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I went to a private Jewish day school/Hebrew school, and I already learned a lot about Israel and Israel advocacy, will I learn more and gain more real-life experience from the StandWithUs High School Internship?
A: ABSOLUTELY! We admire that you have taken the time to develop your Israel education at your school or even on your own time, and we look forward to working with you to make sure that you continue to learn throughout the internship. If ever you do not feel challenged, let us know, and we will be sure to work with you to ensure that you get the most out of the internship.
Q: I go to a private Christian school. Will I have the support needed in order to complete all of my internship requirements?
A: ABSOLUTELY! StandWithUs staff will work with you to ensure that you can be successful in the internship program and complete all of the requirements. That being said, it is always helpful if you have a teacher or adviser in your high school who can support you on the ground. Your StandWithUs High School Department coordinator is happy to help you find a teacher or adviser at your high school so that you can set yourself up for success!
Q: What is a campaign?
A: A campaign is a series of programs or actions put together to achieve a common goal. In the framework of the StandWithUs High School Internship Program, a campaign is a project that will span the entire school year to teach others about Israel.
Q: Whom should my events target?
A: Everyone and anyone. You can plan and execute events for your classmates, your youth group, your friends outside of school, a club you are part of, a random group of people that you feel would really benefit from the program, Jews and non-Jews alike. You choose the academic or social setting for the programs, and you work closely with your StandWithUs coordinator to work out the details.
Q: I’m president of my youth group, and I think that I would prefer to implement Israel programming for teens in the youth group than for my classmates. Is this OK?
A: Absolutely, though we would like to work with you to make sure that as many teens are receiving the information we have provided to you. While you choose what social or academic setting you would like to execute programs, we highly recommend that you choose as many settings as possible. This way your passion for Israel and Israel advocacy will go that much further!
Q: I go to a public school. We do not have a Jewish club or an Israel club, and I’m afraid that if I start one, I might not be so successful. What can I do?
A: We work with every intern to make sure that his/her Israel programming fits the school’s climate. There are ways of starting an Israel club at public schools where there are few Jews if you can find a couple of friends who support the cause—Jewish or non-Jewish. If not, we have had interns start Peace in the Middle East clubs, whose underlying agenda is Israel education within the framework of the Middle East. You will work closely with your StandWithUs coordinator to determine what works best.
Q: What if an anti-Israel incident happens in my school or in my community?
A: StandWithUs sometimes acts as an “Israel 911,” and we are able to get students materials/education/support with a fast turnaround rate should something like this occur. Not to worry, we treat each case with caution and determine the best course of action along with students.