Workum Fund

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2023 will mark the 104th summer of the Workum Fund. The Fund has served the Workum Summer Intern Program for over twenty years. This eight-week program provides college students with paid internships in Jewish Communal Agencies throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.

As work experience is critical to college students' success after graduation, the Workum Fund recognizes this program as the best way to meet the needs of today's college students.

Many former interns have used the experiences gained in their Workum Internships as springboards for careers in nonprofit associations. Agencies have hired former Workum Interns for permanent positions after graduation as well. This attests to the quality and professionalism of our students.

The Workum Fund provides cultural and educational advancement to young men and women in the Greater Cincinnati Area through the Summer Intern Program. As the fund is supported through donations, it collects and receives gifts and bequests to support its programs. The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati also partially-funds Workum. In order to meet the changing needs of college students, the fund adapts as needed to maintain its goals. The Workum Fund is a corporation organized and existing under the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of the State of Ohio.

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Workum Fund

Workum is a prestigious, innovative eight week summer experience for Cincinnati area college students that provides meaningful, career related employment through paid ($15/hr), supervised internships in Cincinnati Jewish communal agencies throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. These internship opportunities enable college students to gain experiences in a communal service atmosphere and instills community commitment, while developing future leaders. Interns will have a series of programs outside of the internship to connect them to each other and Cincinnati. 2023 marks the 106th summer of the Workum Fund. Many former interns have used the experiences gained in their Workum Internships as springboards for careers in nonprofit associations.​



  • Applicants must have completed at least one year at any college or university.
  • Selection based upon ability, leadership, maturity and academic qualification.
  • Internship is an eight week program.
  • Interns work thirty hours per week.
  • Interns attend weekly roundtable discussions of contemporary Jewish Issues.

2023 Workum Internship Opportunities

Be sure to keep checking back for more agency opportunities!

The Workum Fund Summer Internship Program gives college students a competitive edge by providing paid internships in local Jewish Communal Agencies throughout the Greater Cincinnati area and enables students to build skills in a variety of industries and capacities.

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Examples of Internship Industry Categories

Internships can be adapted to the particular intern's interests and skillsets. Below are also some examples of soft skills gained during this experience.

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Website Design
  • Video Creation/Editing/Storytelling
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Building Strategic Planning
  • Community Outreach
  • Jewish Philanthropy
  • Event Planning and Executing
  • Accounting
  • Budgeting and Fiscal Management


Soft Skills

  • Organization
  • Time-Management
  • Communication
  • Office Culture
  • Team-Work
  • Multitasking

Examples of Past Participating Agencies:

Adath Israel Congregation
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Camp Livingston
Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati: Marketing
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati: Planning & Allocations
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati: Shared Business Services Accounting and Finance
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati: Shared Business Services & JVS Careers: Human Resources / Talent Management Assistant
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati: Young Adult Division & Planned Giving and Endowments
Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati
Mayerson JCC: Marketing
Northern Hills Synagogue
Rockdale Temple

Workum Internships Frequently Asked Questions

The role can be customized to the talent and professional development sought by the student. You do not have to meet all requirements in order to apply or to be accepted. Workum supervisors understand that this is a learning opportunity for the intern.

Yes, there is a supervisor partnered with each Workum intern. JVS Careers Career Coaches are available for mentoring and other partnering as needed.

Yes, the Workum schedule can be flexed as determined by the intern and their supervisor.

JVS Careers provides help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills preparation and practice, professional portfolio advisement, and LinkedIn coaching, and it’s all free!

Virtually through Zoom.

Yes, most internships are paid, but JVS will also assist with finding experiential learning that is unpaid.

We service year round internship and Co-op needs in addition to summer internship programs. Onward and Workum are summer only.

Yes, coaching services are provided for any experiential learning opportunity.