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Student Cabinet.

Hillel International's Student Cabinet embodies diverse facets of the modern Jewish college student voice, drives collaboration between students, and serves as the student stakeholder group representing 550 campuses to Hillel International. The Cabinet values students' unique experiences in its commitment to serving Hillel's vision of inspiring every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Students apply to serve for one-year terms and must re-apply at the end of each term for consideration.

Each applicant is expected to:

  • Be available for a Skype interview April 20 — April 24 
  • Participate in an in-person Student Cabinet meeting held each semester; all expenses covered (with a potential third meeting)
  • Commit to a minimum of five hours of work per month, including monthly conference calls
  • Commit to a one year term (Summer 2020 to Spring 2021)
  • Be a full time undergraduate student in good academic standing during the Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 academic school year  
  • Understand Hillel’s mission and vision are as follows:
    • Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world
    • Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel
  • Seek to make decisions based on the interests of the larger diverse Jewish student population
  • Make a contribution to Hillel International
    • Student members are expected to give a minimum gift of $100 to go towards offsetting the costs of Student Cabinet activities. This can be done through a personal gift or fundraising. We do not discriminate based on socioeconomic status. We look forward to helping anyone throughout the fundraising process to meet this goal. If you have questions or concerns please contact

A competitive applicant is great at:

  • Listening to everyone’s opinions and asking questions to keep the conversation going
  • Uncovering commonalities even when the situation or group seems divergent or fragmented
  • Translating out their ideas and brainstorms to convert them into learnable experiences
  • Cultivating relationships and connections with a large, diverse group of friends
  • Dreaming big and turning their passion into action

A completed application includes submission of the following materials:

  • Online application form      
  • Resume
  • Recommendation from one professional who has seen applicant in a leadership role and can speak to their abilities submitted to

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the timeline?

  • I did not attend or participate in Jewish day school, summer camp, or a youth group. Will that hurt my application? Why are you asking me about how I identify Jewishly?

  • Will I be disqualified if I choose to study abroad during my term on the cabinet?

  • English is not my first language; can I fill out my application in another language?

  • My school does not have a Hillel, can I still apply?

  • Does my recommendation need to be from a Hillel professional?

  • What is the $100 donation we are expected to make?