By: Abby Fisher ’19
From the first day of freshman year, students look forward to their senior internships. Aside from the fact that the beginning of internships means the end of classes, internships provide seniors with the opportunity to explore areas of interest in a hands-on and experiential way.
Before beginning their next phases, which, for most seniors, is college, internships allow students a chance to feel out potential career paths. Additionally, kids get the opportunity to feel what it is like to have a job. After attending school with roughly the same schedule for four years, it’s important that students try out a different type of daily routine before embarking on the next stages of life. This year’s internships range from Jewish institutions, to the Intrepid, to community theaters.
Senior Yael Rayport is working at coordinating a farmer’s market with GrowNYC. In addition to job experience, Rayport is glad to have the chance to work with people of different demographics. While Heschel is a dynamic learning environment, one is rarely exposed to people outside of the Jewish community. Rayport explained, “Because of the different locations, the internship pushes me to learn about new neighborhoods and allows me to engage with people from different parts of the city.”
Contrastingly, senior Adina Scheinberg is working at an institution quite similar to Heschel, at least in terms of demographics. She is working with the Shalom Hartman Institute, an organization that works on myriad programs about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also runs a gap year program. Though Scheinberg’s role is primarily clerical work, she found, “In addition to more tedious tasks, I have gotten the opportunity to learn and talk at length about the organization and the issues it tackles.”
Meanwhile, senior Yanniv Frank is doing something unique for his senior internship: he is assistant directing a musical at his own community theater program in Riverdale. Frank is helping put on the Riverdale Repertory Company’s Disaster! Unlike Rayport and Scheinberg, Frank does most of his work in the evenings. Another difference is that his day is less structured and he has the privilege of exploring and making artistic decisions. While most internships are about learning from those older and more experienced, Frank is in the unusual position of directing a group of adults. “To me, it just feels the same as directing anyone,” Frank confided. “And I learn a lot from them, too.”
Though there is certainly a wide variety of internships this year, clearly each student is taking advantage of his or her time and learning meaningfully through experience.