Summer College Internship Program at DOROT

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DOROT offers an eight–week summer internship program for college students interested in careers in non–profit management, community organizing, social work and working with the elderly. Through a competitive process, we choose ten interns each summer.

The Internship provides students with an educational understanding of social isolation amongst the elderly and how DOROT addresses this issue and operates. We give each intern substantive work and project management experience. So while the work done by interns varies by department we are committed to entrusting interns with significant responsibility and providing them with an opportunity to contribute to their department in a real way.

Internship Parameters:

Time commitment: Four days a week for nine weeks, depending on internship placement. There will not be internship on Fridays.
All interns will be at DOROT from Monday, June 5th through Thursday, August 3rd.
An internship day can begin as early as 9:30 a.m. and must be completed by 5:30 p.m.
If physically able, interns must be willing to walk 15-25 blocks.



On the Internship application, applicants are asked to rank preference for placement.

Internship Placement:
Community Services Department
Interns visit seniors weekly in a Friendly Visiting capacity, assist in the Shop & Escort Program by escorting seniors to the grocery or to doctor appointments. The interns will also assist with office projects such as a survey for seniors (over the phone and in-home), filing projects, updating excel data bases, and assisting with KOL DOROT, our senior choir.
Internship Parameters:
Three placements available.

Internship Placement:
Kosher Meals Department
Interns will be paired with a senior for weekly friendly visiting. Intern may be involved in delivering meals to homebound seniors, helping with the weekly Senior Café, (a discussion group for seniors), Memory Tree (an Alzheimer’s group) and may run basic errands for seniors or take them on walks. Interns will assist with office projects such as a survey for seniors (phone & in-home) and filing projects, among others.
Internship Parameters:
One Placement Available.

Internship Placement:
Summer Teen Internship Program
Assist with the Summer Teen Internship Program. DOROT welcomes as many as 18 high school students a day to participate in a summer volunteering program. The College intern helps to facilitate volunteer opportunities by coordinating daily scheduling for the high school students and helps to plan and organize workshops and intergenerational outings. The College Intern will also learn how to train and supervise the high school students.
Internship Parameters:
Dates: June 8th - August 18th
This is a four day a week internship.
One placement available.

Internship Placement:
Volunteer Services Department
Summer interns visit with a specific senior every week in their home for Friendly Visiting. Intern may also assist with Corporate volunteer events, staff reception, conduct phone surveys to seniors and assist with DOROT’s Rosh Hashanah and 9/11 National Day of Service program. Interns may also be matched with seniors for computer tutoring, cultural outings to museums, movies, concerts and Cook & Dine; buy groceries and visit the home of a senior to cook and eat a meal together. Intern may help at DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program serving meals. Each Intern in Volunteer Services is assigned at least one of these projects:
button DOROT’s Cemetery Visits program, assist staff to prepare and run program.
button Adult Volunteer program, conduct outreach calls to seniors and match volunteers for birthday visits, computer tutoring and cultural outings.
button Oversee and work with Teen Interns on their Blog and Living Histories, a photo-essay project.
button Oversee an intergenerational theater and playwriting workshop run by Mind the Gap at New York Theatre Workshop
button Facilitate University Without Walls Intergenerational Discussion Group. Lead a small group of teens and sen


Application Process:

Complete and submit the online application form.
Email Rebecca at to schedule a Skype interview.
Within the application we will request a 1 minute video about your reasons for choosing DOROT this summer.
We request that three references fill out the DOROT reference form. DOROT performs a criminal background check for all candidates.
Applications are on a rolling basis with a April 9th, 2017 deadline if we haven’t yet filled all our placements. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DOROT at 212-769-2850.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Zinger at

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