It’s hard to believe that this time next week, I will be in St. Louis for Hillel Institute 2013. It feels like just yesterday we were in our first planning meeting, and now we are preparing to pack our bags. But time really does fly when you’re having fun.
This internship was a logical next step for me along my Jewish journey. Last summer, I was learning the ropes as a student engagement intern at Hillel Institute. I spent the past school year engaging Jewish students on the George Washington University campus, and I found that the skills I learned at Institute were vital to my success. Students leave St. Louis feeling empowered and enthusiastic, ready to get back to campus and put all of their skills to work. Hillel Institute provides an opportunity for Jewish students to network and bond with other students from across the country. From my experience, it’s amazing to meet so many like-minded students who are equally passionate and motivated about creating meaningful and innovative Jewish life on campus.
The Shabbat experience at Hillel Institute truly sticks out in my mind. Everyone in attendance is asked to wear white and gather together before Shabbat, making the sense of community truly palpable. I can’t wait to relive that moment and make new memories this year with the other Hillel Institute planning team interns.
Now, as I work on the back end of the conference, I have a whole new appreciation for details, curriculum planning and collaborative work. This summer experience has given me the opportunity to refine my best practices and develop my skill set as an integral member of the planning team. Working at the SIC is the most welcoming and inviting office environment I have ever encountered. It has been a pleasure to meet and work with such wonderful interns and supervisors and I hope these relationships will continue long after we return from St. Louis.
Tabitha Nemeroff is a rising senior at The George Washington University. She is currently a Conference Coordinator Intern with Hillel at the Schusterman International Center in Washington, DC.