1) Do you have to be Jewish?

No, applicants do not have to be Jewish; however all applicants must demonstrate that they possess a basic knowledge of Judaism and an awareness of Jewish communal life.  This can be acquired  either through a demonstrated education at Jewish day or afternoon schools and some previous Jewish communal volunteer activity , or by taking a course in basic Judaism at Carleton , along with completion at least  six (6) hours  of community service in Ottawa’s Jewish community. The Program Director will assess  the applicant’s knowledge of Judaism in the initial interview.

2) Why does your knowledge of Judaism matter?

A basic knowledge of Judaism is important to understand the community context within which partner agencies operate. Agency staff have indicated that they do not have the time to educate interns in basic Jewish knowledge as well as supervising their performance of tasks.

Interns must recognize the importance of Judaism’s views on community, and its relation to history, business, communication, youth, the elderly etc, in order to succeed in the  placements.

3) What sort of diversity do you have in your placements?

The Developing Future Leaders Program has developed a working relationship with over 15 partner agencies in the Ottawa Jewish community and are continuously working to expand this partnership network.  The partner  agencies accept students from many faculties and programmes. In addition the program welcomes students with a range of interests and skills, demonstrated through hobbies or volunteer work.   Placements may include:  direct program delivery to agency clients,  provision of support to agency staff, policy work, outreach, communications, or special projects. Placements do NOT include political activity or direct fundraising.

4) How long does this placement last?

The internship lasts 100 hours, which includes 80 hours or work placement and 20 hours of training given by the DFL program. If  the 80 hours  are not completed by the end of the assignment, and if no alternate arrangements have been made with the agency and the Program Director,  the intern will be required to volunteer at the Zelikovitz Centre to make up the hours. Full payment is contingent upon completion of the hours.

5) What sort of leadership experience do you gain from these placements?

That depends on the placement and on what the individual intern brings to the experience. The placements are intended to help the intern understand workplace and organizational dynamics, and to strengthen basic professional skills. The training sessions emphasize teamwork. In addition, each intern receives some mentoring, which is customized to develop the individual’s leadership potential.

6) What are the training sessions like, why do they matter?

For junior interns, the 20 hours of leadership training  includes  four  compulsory Sunday afternoon workshops. These workshops are designed to give the intern some practice in the professional skills and  some experience in teamwork,  as well as integrate and develop their understanding of Jewish communal structure and historical roles. Senior interns will work  as a team to analyze a policy proposal and present their findings  and recommendations to a mock board.  Mentoring for this team project will be provided by both the Program Director and  an outside,  experienced communal volunteer.

7) What sort of CGPA are you looking for in applicants?

There is no minimum CGPA for applicants and all applicants will be considered based on merit and potential match with partner agencies. Applicants however, must be in good academic standing with the University.

8) How flexible are the agencies with work placements? Scheduling?

Most agencies are very accommodating with regard to scheduling hours for placements. Agencies understand that interns are often full-time students with other classes, work and activities. The Program gives 5 hours/week as a guideline for planning purposes, but individual arrangements can be made for each internship.

9) How does the payment work?

Interns are paid as employees and the pay is processed through the Carleton pay system. Junior interns make $2500 gross, and seniors make $3000 gross. (Gross means vacation, benefits and tax are deducted from these amounts).This is transferred by direct deposit every two weeks,  from Carleton’s HR and Finance department between September-March. Successful applicants must fill out the appropriate forms and submit them to the HR department. The DFL program will identify  to the HR department the start and stop dates for payments to each intern.

10) Do you need a police record check to obtain this position?

A police record check is mandatory for the internship because most agencies require it. The check will be facilitated for free at a given location and time once the intern is accepted into the program .

11) What are the required age groups for the positions?

The program is open to all ages as long as the individual is a student with good academic standing.

12) What age groups are you interacting with in the internship?

That  will depend on the internship itself. The placements   are diverse and  encompass all age groups.

13) Do you have to attend Carleton University to apply for this program?

Priority is given to Carleton students; however the program is open to university of Ottawa students because Carleton has reciprocal arrangements with the university of Ottawa.

14) What if you cannot attend one of the compulsory seminars?

The training program and its seminars are compulsory. Dates are given well in advance. Failure to attend can result in immediate termination or deduction in pay.

15) Are you required to stay  at one distinct agency for the duration of the internship?

Normally placements  of 80 hours are established in one agency at a time. However, the Program Director may arrange a shared placement, at 2 separate agencies, if that would best accommodate the needs of the agencies and the interns.

16) How are the hours being monitored?

There is  a monthly log signed by both intern and agency supervisor to verify the completed hours. These are monitored by the Program staff.

17) Does acceptance into the program guarantee placement in an internship?

No, although to date all interns accepted into the program have been placed in agencies.

Placement is contingent upon a suitable match for each prospective intern, and that match depends on what is available in the agencies, and on  the student’s performance during the matching process.

Applications for the program are  received at the end of March; acceptance is communicated by late  April. This acceptance is contingent  upon a placement being found for the individual. During the period late April-August, a complicated placement process happens. DFL program staff work closely with the agencies to develop suitable placements, which vary each year depending on an agency needs.  Agencies receive information from DFL  on prospective matches, then  interview one or more students for each available placement, and finally make their decision on the suitability of the match.

This process requires the student to be in close communication with program staff during the placement process, and available for interviews (which can be by phone or Skype for students who are not in Ottawa)  during the late April  to August period. It also requires that the student signal to the interviewing agencies a professional approach.

Every effort is made to firm up placements as early as possible in the summer. Students  are asked their summer plans when they are first accepted, so that those who will be out of the country can be accommodated. In general, students who  are in Canada but who do not answer emails or phone calls in a timely fashion , or who are slow to respond to requests for interviews, or who are unable to demonstrate their suitability to the interviewing agency, may find that there are no placements left by the mid -August