Running in its 15th year, Louisville’s Jewish Community Summer Internship program provides summer work and learning opportunities within the Jewish community. Over the winter, ads were placed in Community for qualified college students, and two young adults of Jewish Louisville are taking part in this year’s program.
The internship program offers students valuable career experience as well as networking opportunities and the chance to give back to the community. Participants work at either the Jewish Community of Louisville or Jewish Family and Career Services, and each position satisfies each student’s college major and career goals. Jewish Family and Career Services’ Ellen Shapira administers the program. This summer there is one intern at the JCL and one at Jewish Family & Career Services.
Sydney Geller is a rising sophomore at Kent State University, majoring in visual communication design. She has loved art her entire life and is happy to be able to contribute to the art world.
Geller is interning for the JCL Marketing Department as the graphic design assistant. This position allows her to be creative in designing posters, advertisements and parts of the website. Through this internship, she has explored the process of design in the real world, rather than just in class.
“I enjoy being able to do something different from my friends in the summer,” Geller said. “Most of my friends are working in food service or retail, but I am here, doing what I love and what I hope to do in the future.”
Not only has this position heightened her design sense, but it has also helped her to build strong relationships with members of the Jewish community.
In school, she enjoys working on personal design work and spending time at Hillel.
She is the daughter of Betsey and David Geller, and a member of Adath Jeshurun.
Gabriell Victor is a rising sophomore at Indiana University in Bloomington. She attended duPont Manual High School and was in the Journalism & Communications magnet. Although she is unsure on a major right now, she is leaning towards advertising, public relations or law/public policy.
Victor is an intern at Jewish Family & Career Services where she is working with the Marketing Department. The position has allowed her to learn more about the organization, and receive experience on planning events for fundraising. She is also working with local schools and newspapers to enhance awareness of the career and college services available at JFCS.
“I’ve always enjoyed talking to people, and I did that in previous summer jobs but this internship has definitely been the most helpful with developing those necessary skills,” says Victor.
Victor is a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority at IU and enjoys spending time with her sorority sisters and walking around Bloomington with friends.
She is the daughter of Karl and Colette Victor and is a member of The Temple.