1) Do you have to be Jewish?
No, applicants do not have to be Jewish; however all applicants must demonstrate 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 6 hours of community service in Ottawa’s Jewish community. The DFL Coordinator 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. 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. 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.
3) How long does this placement last?
The internship lasts 100 hours, which includes 80 hours or work placement and 20 hours of leadership training administered throughout the year. If it does not appear that the 80 hours will be completed by the end of the assignment, and no alternate arrangements have been made with the agency, the intern will be required to complete their remaining hours working for the Zelikovitz Centre.
4) 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.
5) What are the training sessions like?
For junior interns, the 20 hours of leadership training includes four compulsory Sunday workshops. These workshops are designed to give the intern some practice to develop professional skills and 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.
6) 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. However, applicants must be in good academic standing at their respective educational institutions.
7) How flexible are the agencies with work placements?
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 suggests 5 hours/week as a guideline for planning purposes, but individual arrangements can be made for each internship.
8) How does payment work?
Interns are paid as employees and the pay is processed through the Carleton pay system. Junior interns make $2500, and Seniors interns make $3000. Payment is made every two weeks via direct deposit, following Carleton’s HR pay schedule. There will be 16 total payments with the first occurring in mid-September.
9) 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. For more information on how to obtain a record check, please visit the Ottawa Police Service website.
10) Do you have to attend Carleton University to apply for this program?
Priority is given to Carleton students; however the program is also open to students at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College.
11) What if you cannot attend one of the compulsory seminars?
The training program and its seminars are compulsory. Dates are given well in advance. It is possible under some circumstance to make alternate arrangements. But understand that failure to attend may result in immediate termination or deduction in pay.
12) Are you required to stay at one distinct agency for the duration of the internship?
Normally placements are 80 hours of work for a single agency. However, the Program Coordinator may arrange a shared placement at 2 separate agencies, if that is agreeable for the intern and partner agencies.
13) How are hours being monitored?
A Google Excel Spreadsheet will be sent to interns at the beginning of their placement. Each week they are to record how many hours they worked, and some brief details describing how they spent their time. These are monitored by the Program staff.