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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.

Jan. 18 Application
Opens
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Mar. 1 Application
Closed
02
Feb. - Mar. (Rolling) Interviews With
Springboard Team
03
Mar. 21 - Apr. 8 Interviews
With Campuses
04
May 6 Fellow Placements
& Offers Made
05
July Fellowship
Program Begins
06
End of July Professional
Onboarding
07
*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, experiential Jewish education, entrepreneurship, 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?

Students can fill out this interest form to be the first to know when Springboard Fellowship applications launch in January 2023.

When Does The Springboard Fellowship Start?

Springboard Fellows begin in early July 2022 and participate in professional training as part of Hillel’s New Professionals Onboarding, which will take place in the summer of 2022.

How Long Is The Commitment?

Each Fellowship placement is for two years. Those starting in Summer 2022 will complete their fellowship at the end of June of 2024.

What Are The Compensation And Benefits Like?

Fellows receive an annual base salary of $42,000 in year 1 of their fellowship and $44,500 in year 2 of their fellowship. Additionally, Fellows receive a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health insurance as well as generous vacation and sick time. Fellows also participate in a number of intensive and immersive professional development opportunities, including New Professionals Institute, Hillel International Global Assembly, and an individualized course of study that may include travel or immersive learning.

*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. We also offer career coaching to our alumni and recent graduates to support them in their next steps. 

Is it possible to be a Springboard Fellow and work at a camp over the summer?

A select group of Hillel campuses have promised to work with their Fellow to afford them the opportunity to both work at camp and complete their fellowship. The campuses with camp-friendly options:

  • Hillel Albany
  • Hillel San Diego
  • Hillels of Westchester
  • Mizzou Hillel
  • Muhlenberg College Hillel
  • Oregon Hillel
  • Philly Hillel
  • Purdue Hillel
  • Stanford Hillel
  • USC Hillel

What are the implications of COVID-19 for the program?

While we don’t know what the future holds, Fellows have been a crucial part of creating meaningful Jewish experiences for Hillel students throughout the pandemic. Drawing on skills they develop during the Springboard Fellowship, fellows bolster Hillel’s capacity to meet students where they are, particularly in a moment of need, isolation, and unpredictability, using innovative approaches and utilizing virtual platforms. Through Jewish education, ritual, and community building, Fellows have adapted to changing circumstances to give students new leadership opportunities and a newfound sense of community both on campus and remotely.

 

 

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 A Creator?

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 and fail forward. 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.

What Will Intrapreneurship Specialists Do?

Additional information about the brand-new Springboard Fellowship Intrapreneurship Specialist position is coming soon.

If you have any questions while filling out the application or need special accommodations, please reach out to Alli Rubinstein for the Innovation, Intrapreneurship, or Social Justice tracks, or David Korenthal for the Ezra Jewish Education track.

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 in the spring.