UW Hillel

Internship Location: Madison WI

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Policy Areas: Foreign policy, Social justice

My internship experience as the Campus Partnerships intern at UW Hillel gave me many opportunities to facilitate and learn about social justice, interfaith projects, and the Middle East conflict. My role shifted in some ways in response to these current events and some of my most valuable experiences in this position was learning to have difficult conversations balancing the policy/political aspects with the emotional and humanitarian aspects of current events. This semester, I moderated a conversation with a former White House speechwriter from the Obama Administration, Sarah Hurwitz, who shared her experience both finding her place in the Jewish community and in politics. I learned a lot preparing for this event from engaging and prepping with Sarah Hurwitz herself to practicing public speaking and outreach before and after. I would recommend this internship to future students because I think it is a great learning experience, a way to develop leadership and other skills and a well-rounded experience of what it is like to work in a non-profit that runs a large variety of programming to engage with a students of different experiences and interests.