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Summer College Internship Program at DOROT

DOROT offers an eight–week summer internship program for college students interested in careers in non–profit management, community organizing, social work and working with the elderly. Through a competitive process, we choose ten interns each summer.

The Internship provides students with an educational understanding of social isolation amongst the elderly and how DOROT addresses this issue and operates. We give each intern substantive work and project management experience. So 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 contribute to their department in a real way.

Summer College Interns gather for a weekly lunch for issue based workshops and group reflection. There are opportunities for interns to customize projects to match interests, meet professional goals, and/or fulfill requirements for class credits. Interns also partner to run intergenerational programs.

DOROT’s 8–week internship program begins on Wednesday, June 11th and concludes on Thursday, August 7th*. Many Interns choose to stay for ten weeks. The internship is four days a week, Monday—Thursday.
*The Teen coordinator internship will end Thursday, August 14th.

Read the 2013 Summer Blog

What expenses are associated with the program?
DOROT’s Summer College Internship Program is not a paid internship with the exception of a $1,000 stipend for only one placement, the assistant to the Summer Teen Internship program. DOROT will provide a monthly metro card. We do not provide housing.

Application Process
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 1 or program is filled. Acceptance letters will be sent beginning in March 2014.
All applicants must create and share a link for a 1 minute video about why you want to intern at DOROT this summer. Any questions please email

Taking DOROT Home
After the summer, DOROT Interns are expected to take advantage of DOROT’s College Initiative Grant for Intergenerational Programs (up to $500) to bring DOROT like programs to seniors 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.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Zinger at


On the Internship application, applicants are asked to rank preference for placement.

Internship Placement:
Community Services Department

Interns visit seniors weekly in a Friendly Visiting capacity, assist in the Shop & Escort Program by escorting seniors to the grocery or to Dr. 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 senior choir.
Internship Parameters:
Three placements available.

Internship Placement:
Kosher Meals Department

Interns will be paired with a senior for weekly friendly visiting. Intern may be involved in delivering meals to homebound seniors, helping with the weekly Senior Café, (a discussion group for seniors), Memory Tree (an Alzheimer’s group) and may run basic errands for seniors or take them on walks. Interns will assist with office projects such as a survey for seniors (phone & in–home) and filing projects, among others.
Internship Parameters:
One Placement Available.

Internship Placement:
Summer Teen Internship Program

Assist with the Summer Teen Internship Program. DOROT welcomes as many as 18 high school students a day to participate in a summer volunteering program. The College intern helps to facilitate volunteer opportunities by coordinating daily scheduling for the high school students and helps to plan and organize workshops and intergenerational outings. The College Intern will also learn how to train and supervise the high school students.
Internship Parameters:
Dates: June 11th — August 14th
This is a five day a week internship.
One placement available.
Due to the demands of this placement, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded after the completion of a successful internship.

Internship Placement:
Volunteer Services Department

Summer interns visit with a specific senior every week in their home for Friendly Visiting. Intern may also assist with Corporate volunteer events, staff reception, conduct phone surveys to seniors and assist with DOROT’s Rosh Hashanah and 9/11 National Day of Service program. Interns may also be matched with seniors for computer tutoring, cultural outings to museums, movies, concerts and Cook & Dine; buy groceries and visit the home of a senior to cook and eat a meal together. Intern may help at DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program serving meals. Each Intern in Volunteer Services is assigned at least one of these projects:
    button  DOROT’s Cemetery Visits program, assist staff to prepare and run program.
    button  Adult Volunteer program, conduct outreach calls to seniors and match volunteers for birthday visits, computer tutoring and cultural outings.
    button  Oversee and work with Teen Interns on their Blog and Living Histories, a photo–essay project.
    button  Oversee an intergenerational theater and playwriting workshop run by Mind the Gap at New York Theatre Workshop
    button  Facilitate University Without Walls Intergenerational Discussion Group. Lead a small group of teens and seniors in a weekly discussion on current affairs over the phone.
    button  Assist DOROT’s partnership with to help Teen Interns make documentary short films based on the lives of the DOROT seniors they visit.
Internship Parameters:
Four placements available.

Internship Placement:
Educational Services Department

The intern will contribute to the University Without Walls program by working on a variety of projects such as developing course offerings, establishing community partnerships, attending community events, recruiting new students, as well assisting with administrative tasks. The intern also will have the opportunity to visit seniors weekly in a Friendly Visiting capacity, assist in the Shop & Escort Program by escorting seniors to the grocery or to Dr. appointments.
Internship Parameters:
One placement available.

Additional Internship Project
Do you have an interesting area of ‘expertise?’ Music, fashion, the arts?
Prospective interns may submit a request to coordinate and run an intergenerational program with seniors and teens.
Interns can apply to do one of the following or we would love for you to submit your own ideas. If accepted, we guide and work with you to develop and facilitate your project.
    button  Intergenerational Digital Photography Workshop
    button  Intergenerational Chess Program
    button  Intergenerational yoga, dance or other wellness class
    button  Your own intergenerational workshop idea

DOROT’s Summer College Internship Program is funded in part by the Dorot Foundation.

For more information contact Rebecca Zinger, Coordinator of Adult Volunteer Services at

DOROT College Summer Interns 2013
DOROT College Summer Interns 2014

DOROT College Summer Interns 2013
DOROT College Summer Interns 2013

Interns Steven and Katie going on a birthday visit
Interns Steven and Katie going on a birthday visit

Yael, Saye and Lauren: Community Service Volunteers
Yael, Saye and Lauren: Community Service Interns

Interns and seniors enjoying a museum outing
Interns and seniors enjoying a museum outing
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