Application Open for Third Year of Junior Intern Program

Tuesday September 20, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation
Junior Intern Program
Open to Students in the 7th-12th Grade
October 2016 - June 2017

Program Overview
The USC Shoah Foundation is looking for 20 students in 7th - 12th grades who are interested in participating in its highly competitive Junior Intern Program. The program provides a dynamic and unique learning opportunity. Students will work with testimony of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides to develop their own voice as they become responsible participants in a civil society.

"[The Junior Intern Program] has opened my eyes and my mind.  My eyes to how history has repeated itself over and over again, which baffles me.  My mind to what others had to say and their views on the tough challenges we tackle together."

"The program impacted me because it made me SO much more confident in myself and in my capability to make a change. Also, after each meeting, I left feeling so incredibly empowered and inspired, eager to learn and do more."

Through this program, participants will have the opportunity to work in a university environment while developing an understanding of different types of memory, deepen proficiency in digital literacy and improve communication skills. There will also be community service opportunities and fieldtrips. In addition, participants will contribute to the Institute's development of IWitness educational resources. Through these activities, Interns will think about what it means to be a responsible participant in civil society as they develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to believe they have a role in creating positive change in their own lives and communities.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to submit an application and to be considered a candidate:
  • Be a current student in grade 7th -12th
  • Complete the Junior Intern Application which includes
    • A personal letter of interest (250-350 words)
    • A letter of reference from an educator familiar with the applicant's educational background.
  • Provide parental/guardian consent for application submission
  • Have the ability to attend meetings at the designated location
School Year Term
: the program will take place from October 2016 through June 2017 and will accommodate two groups of 10 interns each:
  • Group 1: 7th-9th grades
  • Group 2: 10th-12th grades
Location: USC Shoah Foundation office on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.

Virtual Participants
Up to three (3) qualifying interns who live in areas outside of Southern California will be able to participate in the program. These interns will connect virtually via a designated forum (i.e. Skype, FaceTime, GoToMeeting).

Participant Expectations
Upon earning a spot in the program, Interns will be expected to:
  • Submit all parent/guardian consent forms, including media and photo release forms
  • Attend all meetings
  • Complete all assigned activities and evaluations
  • Do independent work outside of meeting times
  • Deliver a presentation to her/his peers about their experience
  • Participate in a community service project
Application Deadline
October 5, 2016 by 5pm PST

Application Process & Timeline

Completed applications with all forms and information will be accepted between September 20, 2016 and October 5, 2016 at 5pm PST.
  • Notice of status will be sent to applicants by October 14, 2016.
  • Accepted applicants must confirm their participation in the program by October 19, 2016.
  • Apply here or fill out the form below.

For questions about the 2016-2017 Junior Intern Program, contact us at

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