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Summer Teen Internship Program - Riverdale 2019

DOROT’s Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program at the Riverdale Y is four days a week, Monday - Thursday for four weeks. Volunteer with a group of socially-engaged high school students to facilitate intergenerational programs at the Riverdale Y Senior Center.

Through a competitive process, we will choose 16 interns for the program. Summer interns are expected to volunteer with DOROT and/or the Riverdale Y during the academic year. Interns will receive a free one-year membership to the Y’s Fitness Center and pool.

Who is Eligible?
Rising sophomores through rising seniors who identify as Jewish, or who have a parent or grandparent who identifies as Jewish.

July 22 - August 15
Monday - Thursday
10:00am - 5:00pm
*On the last day of the internship, the day ends at 8:30pm.

What happens during the summer internship program?
The orientation and training is all day on Monday, July 22nd.

Each weekday morning interns gather together at the Riverdale Y Senior Center for their daily assignments. Each day interns join the Senior Center participants for lunch and social hour. Interns gather weekly for service-learning and group reflection meetings. Interns volunteer in small groups and receive training, supervision and coaching in all their volunteer tasks.

Teen Interns will:
  • Explore social justice and Jewish communal connections within the context of volunteering.
  • Facilitate classes on current events, short-fiction, arts & crafts, movement, and dance.
  • Play interactive group games such as chess, cards, and Scrabble.
  • Teach seniors how to use a computer, iPad, iShuffle, and/or other types of technology
  • Lead a weekly tele-conference discussion group on the same topic
  • Participate in a weekly on-site intergenerational class on "Jewish Perspectives On Important Issues In The News"
  • Have the opportunity to plan, run and implement an intergenerational program
  • Assist with office work
What expenses are associated with the program?
There is no charge to intern with DOROT.

Interns are expected to cover their own travel expenses. Stipends are available toward travel costs. The Internship program covers the following:
•     Student screening and interview
•     Orientation and training
•     Internship oversight, coaching and supervision
•     Daily lunch, snacks and program supplies
•     Letter of completion and college recommendation

Application Process:

Click here to apply.

This program is jointly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Jewish Education Project serves as lead operator of the Initiative.


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

A Glimpse of Summer 17

Teens work with seniors during a technology tutoring hour.

Teen and seniors discuss current events in the Jewish Perspectives class.

The Intergenerational Art Class explored topics related to aging.

Teen interns outside of the Riverdale Y.

Summer 2017 Documentaries
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