In our world, information is not enough – you need to know how to put it all together! People do not come in the boxes of academic disciplines – so if you want to work with people, you will need to know how to integrate information and perspectives so that you can treat people whole. An internship can teach you how!
All students in religion are encouraged to speak with the department chair and devise an internship that explores your area of interest. Common areas:
- Museum work and curatorship. The department currently has an ongoing internship project with the Rubin Foundation to build an on-line data base of Sikh art. Students contact collectors, research and write descriptions of the art pieces that detail their historical, religious and cultural significance. We have also had students work at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.
- Women and gender issues. Students have worked with Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, as well as in a domestic violence shelter.
- Religion and violence. Concerned about the rise of hate crimes and intolerance on Long Island? Work with one of several local non-profits dedicated to this issue.
- Health care. Interview patients at a Brooklyn Hospital to determine their satisfaction with the incorporation of acupuncture in labor and delivery. Spanish and Chinese speakers especially (but not only) needed!
- Education. Work with the Interfaith Community, a non-profit dedicated to teaching children K-6 from dual-faith families academic knowledge about Judaism and Christianity.
- Create an internship that is perfect for you!!