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DOROT Westchester


Summer Teen Internship Program 2018

DOROT’s Summer Teen Internship Program offers two four-week sessions for high school students. Through a competitive process, we choose up to 18 interns for each session. Summer interns are expected to volunteer with DOROT during the academic high school year.

Who is Eligible?
Rising sophomores through rising seniors.

Session 1: June 25 - July 19 (exceptions made for Regents exams)
Session 2: July 23 - August 16

The internship is 4 days a week, Mondays-Thursdays,
10:30am - 5:00pm.*
*On the last day of the internship, the day ends at 6:30pm.

What expenses are associated with the program?
There is no charge to intern with DOROT.

Interns are expected to cover their own travel expenses and should plan to use their metro cards 2-4 times a day. Stipends are available toward travel costs.

Application Process:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in December 2016 and ending on May 10, 2017. For Summer 2016 we received over 350 applications for 38 spaces. We encourage applicants to apply early, as spots will likely fill up prior to May 10th. Interns can only participate in one session and applicants need to select their preference on the application.

What happens during the summer internship program?
Each morning interns gather together at DOROT for their daily assignments. The first day of each session will include an orientation and training. On Thursdays the interns gather for lunch, group reflection and occasional guest speakers.

Teen Interns may:
  • Visit seniors in their home for companionship
  • Teach seniors how to use a computer, iPad, iShuffle, and other types of technology
  • Celebrate seniors’ birthdays
  • Deliver meals to seniors
  • Send birthday cards out to seniors
  • Read to visually impaired seniors
  • Shop and deliver groceries to seniors
  • Play chess, cards, scrabble, and other games with seniors
  • Assist with office work at DOROT
  • Have the opportunity to plan, run and implement an intergenerational game day or museum trip
  • Visit DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program and take part in cooking a meal for the seniors who live in our transitional housing facility
  • Session 1 Highlights
    June 25 - July 19

    Please note that Session 1 is for teens who identify as Jewish, or who have a parent or grandparent who identifies as Jewish.

  • Explore social justice and Jewish communal connections within the context of volunteering
  • Documentary filmmaking through a partnership with Old School Films. Experienced film makers will teach fundamentals of film production and train interns to interview older adults on camera, and then make a short documentary based on the interview. No experience necessary.
  • Lead a weekly discussion group with homebound seniors: “Same and Different - Jewish Traditions and Experiences” via teleconference.
  • Participate in a weekly intergenerational class: “Jewish Perspectives on Important Issues in the News”.
  • Session 2 Highlights
    July 23 - August 16

  • Intergenerational Theater Program with New York Theater Workshop, where interns will work with seniors to share stories of life experiences through performance art
  • Lead a weekly discussion group with homebound seniors on contemporary issues, such as current events or technology, via teleconference.
  • Intergenerational arts and crafts class.

  • Thank you to the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, and to the Jewish Education Project, which serves as lead operator of the Initiative. We are also grateful to the Posner-Wallace Foundation’s support towards the Summer Teen Internship Program.


    The 2017 application process is now closed.

    If you have any questions please contact Shai Rosenfeld at or 917-441-5051.

    Check-Out Quotes from 2014 Participants

    See a Sample of the Internship Summer Schedule

    Summer 2017 Documentaries

    Summer 2016 Documentaries

    Summer 2015 Documentaries

    Day in the Life - Session 1

    Day in the Life - Session 2

    Mal and teen interns share a meal that the teens prepared and cooked.

    Teen interns participate in a team building activity.

    Barbara and teen interns enjoy a game of Apples to Apples at an Intergenerational Game Day.

    Teen interns cook a meal for DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program

    Teen interns visit Erica in her home for a friendly visit.
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