Internships With Jewish Employment And Vocational Services

What is your high school or college student doing this summer?  Have they considered a paid internship?  Opportunities are opening up on a rolling basis for internships with  the Lasko College Prep Program for Jewish high school juniors as well as the Franklin C. Ash Internship for Jewish college rising juniors and seniors. For the Ash Internship there is no financial requirement but this is highly competitive and students are chosen on a rolling basis.  They are phenomenal programs and both come with nice stipends.  Feel free to contact Rhonda Cohen (contact information after the jump) for any clarifications.  
Rhonda Cohen, MSW
Coordinator of Community Relations
JEVS Career Strategies Youth Services
1845 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
[email protected]
215-854-1787 phone

JEVS Lasko College Prep Program

The Lasko College Prep Program is a program of the Jewish Employment and Vocational Service (JEVS) for Jewish high school juniors preparing to enter college.

As Penny Kardon, Director of Career Strategies for JEVS, explains,

The program is for  current juniors whose families meet a certain income eligibility requirement. This is funded by the Lasko Family Foundation, and it’s in its seventh year. It gives students an opportunity to work three days a week in the Jewish community, at a Jewish organization, and two days a week they come to JEVS Human Services’ Career Strategies Department, in the Youth Services.

More after the jump.

High School juniors, adds Kardon, “get SAT tutoring, college advising, and they have an opportunity to visit two college campuses, and they start writing their essays for the college application. We work with the family on financial aid, we help them get scholarships, and they are matched with a mentor from the Franklin C. Ash program for Jewish college students. These are kids who are already gone through the whole college application procedure, and they help them negotiate the whole college application process.”

This mentoring, says Kardon, entails the “nitty-gritty” issues of “What if you don’t like your room-mate? Or how did they pick their college? Sometimes the mentees visit their mentors in college during the year, and it gives the students a great opportunity to see (how) very successful students negotiate their college application process.”

The Lasko College Prep Program, adds Kardon, is also great for the community because “It places these kids in a Jewish organization three days a week, and they actually do the things that sometimes we don’t have the time to do, (like) data entry, answering phones, filing, working with kids, doing art projects, creating a brochure if the student has some particular graphics talents. So it’s a great opportunity for the community as well.”

“It’s a one-year program,” adds Rhonda Cohen, Coordinator of Community Relations at JEVS, “they start off in the summer, before they enter their senior year. That’s when they spend their three days a week at the Jewish placement, and that’s when they get their SAT tutoring, that’s when they get their mentor from the Franklin C. Ash college program. Once the summer ends the program continues, and they are required to work with our educational counselors until they have successfully get into college, and we work with the parents.

The Lasko program, adds Cohen, “has made the difference for families that don’t have that luxury of spending money on a college consultant or an SAT tutor. This is for low-income families in the Jewish community, and we are very proud to say we have a ninety-nine percent success rate, in seven years, of getting students into college.”

Application is available online.

JEVS Helping Hands Program

Penny Kardon, Director of Career Strategies for the Jewish Employment and Vocational Service (JEVS) in Philadelphia, explains the Helping Hands program as “a program for underemployed or unemployed Jewish individuals up to the age of 65. They are given intense vocational assessment, ongoing career counseling, and opportunities for us to pay for training programs. There’s a free computer program, workshops, lots and lots of support with job placement, (and) it’s a one-year program, it’s of no cost to the participants, and it’s completely funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.”

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The whole goal of Helping Hands, says Kardon, “is to make you more self-sufficient and it’s been working, it’s a wonderful opportunity if you qualify.”

Helping Hands, adds Kardon, helps fifty clients each year, and, she adds, “In general, we’ve (All of JEVS) been very busy.” The poor state of the economy, she adds, “has added clients to us, with Unemployment running out and a tight job market.”

Rhonda Cohen, Coordinator of Community Relations for JEVS Career Strategies, adds, “Our services are not just specifically for Jewish clients, we also take those who are not Jewish into our department, and that’s on a sliding fee scale.”

Helping Hands, says Kardon, is “primarily a career counseling service, we help you do your resume,  and counsel you, but if you want job placement, we have a full-time job developer, and out of those people who wanted job development, we have placed close to seventy percent of those individuals last year, and the year before. So we are placing people, even with the tough market.”  

JEVS Offers SAT Tutoring and Paid Work to Juniors

The Jewish Employment and Vocational Service offers paid summer work, college counseling, and SAT tutoring to Jewish high school seniors.

The Lasko College Prep Program offers college-bound students the opportunity to earn money while obtaining free expert college counseling and ACT/SAT test prep. Current high school juniors in the Greater Philadelphia area are encouraged to apply for this special program offered by JEVS Human Services. Sessions begin the summer before the participants’ senior year, and experienced educational counselors continue to work with them through their last year of high school, helping them reach their college admissions goals.

The program includes:

  • Summer work resulting in a $1000 stipend
  • SAT and ACT preparation
  • College guidance
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Visits to local colleges
  • Fun group activities with other Jewish students, including a Mitzvah Project
  • Mentoring by college students participating in our Franklin C. Ash Summer Internship Program
  • A second award of $1000 once participant is successfully enrolled in college

For more information and eligibility requirements, call 215-854-1834 or email [email protected] This program is supported by grants from the Lasko Family Foundation.

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