How To Join

The Process

Our application procedure is a matching process that includes both an online application and two rounds of interviews, with the Springboard Team and host campuses. We consider your individual strengths and skill sets related to your specialty area, diversity of experience, and campus fit and needs. Finalists will be selected and matched with a campus and offered a placement in the Fellowship program. Please note: Not all finalists will be placed. Those who do not find a great campus fit will be referred to Hillel International’s early career talent manager, who may be able to find another campus position outside of the fellowship.

January 13th Application
February 7th Application
February Interviews With
Springboard Team
March 3rd-23rd Interviews
With Campuses
March Fellow Placements
& Offers Made
July Fellowship
Program Begins
July 19th-23rd In-person
*Dates Subject to Change

Faqs About The Fellowship

What Is The Springboard Fellowship?

The Springboard Fellowship is a paid, two-year fellowship that brings recent college grads with passion for building Jewish life and skills in innovation, social justice or Jewish education to college campuses across North America. Through this fellowship, participants will further develop their talents and use them to engage students in Jewish life.

Who Should Apply?

Graduating seniors or recent grads who have experience and a demonstrated interest in innovation, social justice or experiential Jewish education or related fields and are excited to positively impact the lives of hundreds of Jewish college students are encouraged to apply.

When Will Applications Open?

The 2020 application is now closed. Fill out our interest form to receive information when the Springboard Fellowship application opens in Spring 2021.

When Does The Springboard Fellowship Start?

Springboard Fellows begin in early July and participate in professional and Jewish development as part of Hillel’s New Professionals Institute in mid July 2020. 

How Long Is The Commitment?

Each Fellowship placement is for two years. Those starting in Summer 2020 will complete their fellowship during the summer of 2022.

What Are The Compensation And Benefits Like?

Fellows receive an annual salary of $40,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health insurance as well as generous vacation and sick time, to name a few. Fellows also participate in a number of intense and immersive professional development opportunities, including New Professionals Institute, Hillel’s Global Assembly, and a 1-4 week summer learning experience of Fellows’ choosing that combines deep Jewish learning with intensive specialist learning between year one and two of the program.

*Fellows placed in Canada are offered a competitive salary per local compensation bands and standard salaries for entry level employees at Hillels in Canada.

What Will I Do After The Fellowship Ends?

It depends on your experience and what you want to do next. The Springboard Fellowship is designed to give you tools and experiences that will prepare you for a variety of next steps. Part of the Fellowship is designed to help you answer this very question. Past fellows have continued working with Hillel, stayed in the Jewish nonprofit world, attended grad school, and have gone to work in other places in the nonprofit or corporate world. Whatever you decide, we’re confident that the Springboard Fellowship will be a great start to your professional journey, and we’re committed to helping you get where you want to go next.

Faqs About Specialties

What Will Innovation Specialists Do?

Innovation Specialists will work with students to reimagine and redesign Jewish life on their terms. Trained in Design Thinking methodology, Fellows will work with students to design or redesign two to three areas of Jewish student life to be better suited for the 21st century student. At the same time, their influence will help their Hillel become more creative in all of their work.

By Innovation Do You Mean That I Need To Be An Entrepreneur?

Not necessarily. Innovation comes in many forms. We’re looking for people who have big ideas, a keen understanding of people, and a willingness to take risks. Your innovation experience might have happened when you created a new program or a new approach to an academic project. Bonus points if you have experience in Design Thinking!

What Will Social Justice Specialists Do?

As a Social Justice Specialist, you will empower students to work together to make change on a local and domestic level, guided by Jewish values, texts, and history. You’ll work with students to identify and act on a variety of issue areas important to their campus, by building connections across your campus community, creating space for students to learn about issues that matter to them, and helping them organize big projects such as alternative breaks.

I don’t have a ton of experience in Social Justice work, but I am passionate about community action. Should I still apply?

Yes! Social Justice Specialists come with a diverse set of skills, which might include professional or volunteer experience, or coursework in community organizing or social justice. Our Fellows understand that students connect with Jewish life, social justice, and community action in a number of ways, and we hope you’ll draw on your own experience and passions as you seek to understand where you can affect successful change on campus.

What Will Ezra Jewish Education Specialists Do?

Ezra Jewish Education Specialists will work to infuse Jewish learning and conversation into their everyday work on campus. Trained in pluralistic Jewish experiential education, Fellows will be equipped to organize learning opportunities, devise innovative programming that expose students to Jewish life and culture in new ways, and lead immersive experiences such as alternative spring break and Birthright trips.

I Love Jewish Life And Learning, But I Don’t Consider Myself An Educator. Should I Still Apply?

Absolutely. You will draw on your own rich Jewish experiences to bring Judaism to life on campus and receive training in Jewish education. Your participation in gap year programs in Israel, Jewish camp, day school, college level Jewish Studies, youth group and more are all great prior experience for the Ezra Jewish Education track.

If you have additional questions about the Innovation or Social Justice track, please contact Nikki Goldrod at ngoldrod@hillel.org.

If you have additional questions about the Ezra Jewish Education track, please contact David Korenthal at dkorenthal@hillel.org

If you’re interested in learning more about other positions that Hillel has available, check out our main website. Additionally, the majority of early career positions will be posted on that site towards the end of February. Please contact Nikki Goldrod at ngoldrod@hillel.org to learn more about those opportunities.