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DOROT Westchester


Summer Teen Internship Program 2019

DOROT’s Summer Teen Internship Program offers two four-week sessions for high school students. Through a competitive process, we choose up to 20 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 24 - July 18 (exceptions made for Regents exams)
Session 2: July 22 - August 15

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.

The Internship program covers the following:
•     Student screening and interview
•     Orientation and training
•     Internship oversight, coaching and supervision
•     Snacks and program supplies
•     Letter of completion and college recommendation

Application Process:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in December 2018 and ending on June 1, 2019. For Summer 2018 we received over 300 applications for 55 spaces. We encourage applicants to apply early, as spots will likely fill up prior to June 1. 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 24 - July 18

    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 24 - August 15

  • Intergenerational Theater Program. 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 2020 application process will open in December 2019.

    If you have any questions please contact Quinn Lockwood at or 917-441-3714.

    Check-Out Quotes from 2017 Participants

    See a Sample of the Internship Summer Schedule

    Summer 2019 Documentaries

    Summer 2018 Documentaries

    Summer 2017 Documentaries

    Summer 2016 Documentaries

    What is a Home Visit?

    Sharon Tries Virtual Reality

    Day in the Life - Session 1

    Day in the Life - Session 2

    Mathilde with two teen interns at the Jewish Museum.

    Teen interns and seniors participating in the Intergenerational Theater Workshop.

    Teen interns visiting with Ted in his home.

    Teen interns work on various office and independent projects.

    Seniors and teen interns posing in the photo booth at the Intergenerational Swing Dance.
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