JCUA Internships


JCUA is Now hiring!

Teen Programs Coordinator
Job Posting, April 15, 2016

JCUA is a small and dynamic organization, where the staff is supportive and collaborative in pursuit of each other’s work and goals. We work closely together, with an understanding that we will only maximize our impact when we are aligned and working in concert. This position will report to JCUA’s Manager of Community Building.

The Teen Programs Coordinator serves as the facilitator and educator for the Or Tzedek Program of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs The Teen Programs Coordinator is responsible for all summer and year-round, teen-related program development and implementation, marketing, recruitment, fiscal tracking, general operations and staffing in conjunction with other JCUA staff, and particularly the Manager of Community Building.

The Coordinator will recruit participants and continue to develop and implement JCUA’s existing social justice curricula for both the summer and year-round programs. The Or Tzedek curriculum seeks to introduce teens to identity & privilege, systems of oppression, root cause analysis of social justice issues, community organizing skills, and allyship through a Jewish lens. The coordinator is responsible for implementing the curriculum and connecting teens (and their families and communities) to JCUA’s issue campaigns.

Additionally, the Coordinator is responsible for hiring and training summer program staff. S/he will supervise Or Tzedek summer staff and interns. The person in this position will also play a role in JCUA’s issue-based campaigns and initiatives, incorporating the teen programs into the larger work of JCUA.

For a full job description, a list of qualifications, and how to apply, please CLICK HERE.



Thanks for your interest in interning with JCUA this summer. At this time, we are NO LONGEr accepting 2016 summer internship applications. If you are interested in working with us beginning in the fall, please be in touch with Sarah at sarah@jcua.org.

Over the past fifty years, JCUA has flourished as the Jewish voice for social justice in Chicago. Our longstanding mission, to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities, has been a consistent unifying message and guiding light for our work. 

JCUA aims to provide its interns with meaningful engagement in social justice issues through a Jewish lens. At JCUA interns gain professional experience, as well as tools and skills to excel in an effective and focused non-profit environment. Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Advocacy and Community Organizing
  • Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Program
  • Outreach and Education
  • Community Development
  • Communications (including video production, graphic design, photography, social media, journalism)
  • Fundraising and Event Planning
  • Jewish-Muslim Relations

JCUA accepts interns year-round and will accept undergraduate, graduate students and non-students. JCUA encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious background, sexual orientations and genders.

APPLICATION DEADLINES   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until openings are filled. 
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and desire to work at JCUA, to Sarah Gold at sarah@jcua.org. Please specify any program area in which you have a particular interest. JCUA cannot, however, guarantee an internship in only one program area. Interns will be assigned to specific staff members and the staff is committed to providing substantive, positive learning experiences that emphasize mentoring, skill building, and education.

Need more information?

Please contact Sarah Gold, JCUA's Manager of Community Building, by phone (312-663-0960 x126) or sarah@jcua.org.

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