DOROT offers a 10 or 11-week summer internship program for college students interested in careers in non-profit management, community organizing, social work and working with older adults. Through a competitive process, we choose ten to twelve interns each summer. Only current Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors will be considered for our summer college internship positions.
The internship program provides students with an understanding of the issue and impact of social isolation as well as DOROT’s response. We give each intern substantive work and project management experience. While the work done by interns varies by department, we are committed to entrusting interns with significant responsibility and providing them with an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.
In addition to a departmental placement, summer interns also have a group experience. There is a comprehensive orientation to DOROT and our work with older adults, weekly group sessions with other interns and DOROT staff for learning and reflection and several group outings each summer.
DOROT’s Summer College Internship begins on Monday, June 3rd. The program has two tracks:
• 10-week placement concludes Thursday, August 8th. This is four days a week Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm.
• 11-week placement concludes Friday, August 16th. This is five days a week Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4pm.
The 10-week placements are unpaid; the 11-week placements have a $1,700 to $2,500 stipend. DOROT will provide a monthly metro card to all interns for travel within the NYC metro system. We do not provide housing or travel expenses for outside of NYC ex: NJ Path or LIRR.
DOROT is able to offer college credit with approval from an intern’s academic institution. We also understand that many schools provide stipends for students to participate in summer internships with nonprofit organizations. Deadlines and availability vary by institution and are awarded solely at the discretion of each individual school. DOROT is happy to provide information about our internship program to help internship candidates apply for such opportunities.
We have completed review of the current round of applications for the Summer 2019 College Internship Program.
Taking DOROT Home
After the summer, interns are strongly encouraged to take advantage of DOROT’s College Initiative Grant for Intergenerational Programs (up to $500) to bring intergenerational programs to older adults who live near their college communities, and to receive technical assistance to ensure the success of their projects. This grant enables summer interns to build on the skills and expertise they gained at DOROT, receive further support from DOROT’s accomplished professionals and share what they learned with their campus communities.
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Individual Internship Descriptions
On the Internship application, applicants are asked to rank preference for placement. There are currently openings in the following departments:
Community Services Department (10-week placement)
Interns visit older adults weekly in a Friendly Visiting capacity, assist in the Shop & Escort Program by escorting elders to the grocery or to doctor appointments. The interns will also assist with office projects such as a survey for seniors (over the phone and in-home), filing projects, updating excel data bases, and assisting with KOL DOROT, our choir group for older adults.
Connect Through Tech (10-week placement)
Interns in Connect Through Tech will be learning how technology is used to create programs that support older adults in expanding and enriching their social connections as well as increase their access to resources that support their independence. This is especially important for those who find traveling from home to be challenging. The intern will assist with vital outreach efforts like conducting research, representing the department on phone and in person, assisting with marketing and maintaining our contact database.
Evaluation Department (11-week placement, stipend position)
The evaluation intern will have an interest in program assessment and will support the agency’s Director of Evaluation in conducting phone surveys of older adults who are participating in DOROT’s programs as well as reviewing and analyzing online survey results. This intern will also visit seniors on a weekly basis.
Kosher Meals Department (11-week placement)
DOROT offers weekly meal deliveries for hundreds of homebound older adults. The intern will support this program including assisting with regular phone outreach to schedule these deliveries and check in on the older adult’s condition. The intern will also assist with program data entry and administration. In addition, the intern will be paired with an older adult for weekly friendly visiting.
Lasting Impressions: DOROT’s Legacy Project (10-week placement)
DOROT’s Lasting Impressions Legacy Project provides an opportunity for older adults to convey a legacy story so that his/her beliefs and values, life lessons, important memories and hopes for the future are recorded for loved ones and generations to come. These projects may be in writing, use photos or artwork or via audio or video. Interns participate in creating these products and support the administration of the program.
Summer Teen Internship Program & Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program (11-week placement, stipend position)
DOROT offers 4-week summer internships for 20 high school students per session at our main facility and at the Riverdale Y in the Bronx. Two college interns help to facilitate volunteer opportunities for the teens by coordinating daily scheduling and helping to plan and organize workshops and intergenerational programming and outings. In the past, these intergenerational programs have included technology tutoring, arts and crafts, videography, theater workshops, teleconference discussion groups and field trips to local museums. One intern is based at DOROT for the entire summer. The other intern works at DOROT for the first seven weeks of the summer and is based in Riverdale during the last four weeks.
Volunteer Services Department (10-week position)
DOROT utilizes thousands of volunteers each year to support services provided to seniors. Interns in Volunteer Services assist with a variety of activities including organizing corporate volunteer events such as tech cafes and game days; placing outreach calls to seniors to match volunteers for birthday visits, and organize cultural excursions; supporting the meal a month program at our homelessness prevention program, and helping with DOROT’s cemetery visit program. Interns will also accompany seniors on outings and visit seniors in their homes.
Wellness Program (10-week position)
DOROT offers a variety of onsite discussion groups, wellness classes and special programs such as concerts and author talks for seniors who are able to travel to our facility. The intern will provide administrative and logistical support for these programs and have the opportunity to attend a number of these groups and get to know the seniors. This intern will be paired with a senior for weekly friendly visiting.
DOROT's Summer College Internship Program is funded by the Dorot Foundation and the Posner-Wallace Foundation among other donors.