The William P. Lauder Junior Internship Program

Thursday August 31, 2017

The William P. Lauder Junior Internship Program

Open to Students in the 7th-12th Grade

October 2017- June 2018


Program Overview
The USC Shoah Foundation is looking for 40 students in 7th- 12th grades who are interested in participating in its highly competitive William P. Lauder Junior Internship Program. The program provides a dynamic and unique learning opportunity to engage with testimonies - personal stories - from survivors and witnesses of genocide to develop their own voice.

"[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."

"… I have shifted my perspective on being active in my community. I was somewhat intimidated to stand up for others before joining this program, and I have gained an incredible sense of confidence in my own abilities to combat intolerance over the past two years.

Through this program, participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Gain real-world work experience in a university environment
  • Develop an understanding of different types of memory
  • Deepen proficiency in digital literacy and improve communication skills
  • Travel to domestic and international locations

Through these activities, William Lauder 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 William P. Lauder Internship Program application which includes: (1) A personal letter of interest (250-300 words) (2) 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

Meeting Schedule
Meetings will be held on Sundays (Time to be determined.)
Full Day: October 22, November 19, December 10, 2016; April 22 (half day), May 27, 2017.
Virtual Meetings: January 21, February 18, March 18, 2018
* Dates are subject to change.

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 as a William P. Lauder Intern, participants will be expected to:  
  • Submit all parental/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 (full year programs)  
  • Deliver a presentation to her/his peers or establish a school club (full year program)
  • Complete 25 hours of community service hours for the Institute

Application Deadline October 10, 2017 by 5pm PST

Application Process & Timeline
Completed applications with all forms and information will be accepted between September 11, 2017 and October 10, 2017 at 5pm PST.
  • Notice of status will be sent to applicants by October 15, 2017.
  • Accepted applicants must confirm their participation in the program by October 17, 2017.  
  • Click here for application: APPLICATION LINK

For questions about the 2017-2018 Junior Intern Program, contact us at 

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