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Internship: Baltimore Jewish Community Center
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Janelle Brassel

Majors: Anthropology, Jewish Studies
Minor: History
Hometown: Harrisburg

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I reached out the the Jewish Community Center of Downtown Baltimore in response to a job posting that I saw on their website. Explaining how an internship would work and what it would entail, I worked together with the Program Manager to create the internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience was a great transition to a real world position because it combined intern duties with the duties of an already established job. I would open the center each day and go through every room to make sure that everything was in its place before members arrived. The location that I worked at was a center for parents to bring their small children to for free play as well as classes on arts and music. I also worked to reorganize and take stock of supplies to ensure that the center was using its space and supplies efficiently. I brainstormed ideas on how to market the center to boost membership, and thought of new event ideas that would facilitate more family togetherness time for our busy members.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship with the Jewish Community Center allowed me to apply my classroom education to the real world. By working in a contemporary Jewish institution, I was able to gain insight into how this specific Jewish community deals with several different obstacles that test the Jewish faith and cultural identity. Some of these issues include how to navigate an inter-faith marriage, especially when children are involved. Another issue today is the busy schedules of parents and children and how to fit religion into the mix. The Jewish Community Center was a good answer to that problem because it offered a space that was not overly religious for the community to come together, while giving hours that were accessible to a good portion of the neighborhood.

This internship provided me with insight into the Jewish community of Baltimore while getting me acclimated to the city.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I would like to go into museum education in the future, and the museum that I am really interested in is the Jewish Museum of Maryland, which is located in Baltimore as well. This internship provided me with insight into the Jewish community of Baltimore while getting me acclimated to the city. I think that eventually I would like to work as an educator for a university, and this internship provided me with real world experience to give me a well-rounded understanding. This experience may help me get into graduate school by demonstrating my ability to apply my education to a career.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience because my supervisor did everything in her power to ensure that my experience was enriching, including setting up meetings between me and leaders in the Jewish community to discuss topics that would benefit my education.

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