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The Jewish Week, July 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stacey Winter


Not Having To Choose Between Income And Experience

Pilot program gives Jewish female CUNY students funding for unpaid summer internships.

by Hannah Dreyfus, Staff Writer, The Jewish Week

Isabel Goldin, a first-generation American and marketing major at Baruch College, needed a waitress gig to support her unpaid internship at Valor International, a start-up e-commerce company. Though she wanted to focus on the job full time, her family obligations made that impossible.

“My parents never asked me for anything, but the expenses of every day living weigh on them,” said Goldin, 22, whose parents emigrated from Soviet Georgia in 1992. Her father, a former professor, was not able to transfer his Ph.D. in the United States, and her mother was diagnosed with cancer shortly after their move. Both are currently unable to work.

A realist, Goldin hopes a career in business will help her family move forward. “Money makes a difference,” she said, “some sort of paycheck is a non-negotiable for me, but internships are necessary to move your career forward.”

This summer, for the first time, Goldin won’t have to choose. Hillel at Baruch College, with support from UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW), is piloting a paid internship program for 23 Jewish women in financial need. Participants, lower income City University of New York (CUNY) students, face challenges in accessing and securing competitive internships without sacrificing necessary summer earnings.

“We don’t want these talented young women to have to choose between income and career aspirations,” said Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem, executive director of JFEW. “We’re leveling the playing field.”

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