USC Hillel Campus Entrepreneur Initiative Internship

Campus Entrepreneur Internship
CEI Interns, 2014-15
JOB DESCRIPTION:
Be a Campus Entrepreneur Intern! Join hundreds of students across the country as they transform Jewish life for their peers. Build relationships. Connect to Jewish life. Create meaningful Jewish opportunities.
  • The Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) is designed to dramatically enhance Jewish life on campus .  Each campus employs a cohort of students with broad social networks to build relationships with uninvolved Jewish students over the course of a year.
  • Each Campus Entrepreneur is charged with building relationships with uninvolved Jewish students on campus.  Serving as a resource to meaningful opportunities, the Campus Entrepreneurs strive to advance Jewish values in the context of their relationships.
  • The Campus Entrepreneur Interns strive to understand students’ interests, passions, and aspirations – and connect them to opportunities that they may find meaningful and engaging.
  • Campus Entrepreneurs are given a budget to plan initiatives that identify them as relevant and Jewish, enable them to meet uninvolved Jewish students and follow-up with them in an authentic, comfortable, and open way.  Initiatives have the dual purpose of attracting uninvolved students and advancing Jewish values.
  • The Campus Entrepreneurs provide on-going relationship-building, especially as follow-up to immersive and meaningful experiences such as Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, Alternative Break trips, etc.
  • The Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative Internship are on a significant number of campuses that have a large uninvolved Jewish population.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE
APPLICATION DUE: MONDAY, APRIL 14TH AT 12PM NOON

MEET THE INTERNS


Jake Davidson
Raised in the mean streets of Sherman Oaks, Jake grew up on the asphalt courts of Adat Ari El, the toughest pickup this side of Rucker Park. After thirteen years of Jewish day and high school, Jake prevailed against all odds to have a deep interest in and passion for Judaism. When he’s not hanging at Hillel, he likes to read, work, and play and watch sports. He’s excited to engage with students at USC and help them find a passion for Judaism and the Jewish community at large.
Jake Davidson

Jenna Dresner
Jenna is a sophomore in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is from Westchester, NY, where she lives with her parents, brothers and dog. She enjoys long walks on the beach and watching New Girl with her fish. Jenna is involved with Joint Educational Project, where she works with kids who need extra help in school. Additionally, she is a current member of ADPi. She is so excited to be a CEI intern and can’t wait to meet all the Jewish Trojans out there!
Jenna Dresner

Danielle Fallon
Danielle is a Sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering, emphasizing in polymers and materials science, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She grew up in a family of five (including her golden retriever Scooby) in Ellicott City, Maryland, where she was an Israel advocate and avid member of BBYO in D.C. Council. As well as serving as Director of Education for USC’s TAMID chapter, Danielle is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the greek community. She loves attending Hillel and Chabad events (because Jewish people rock and so does the food!), hiking, photography, and exploring Los Angeles. Danielle can’t wait to immerse herself in the diverse Jewish community at USC and is excited for her year as a CEI intern for Hillel. Fight On!
Danielle Fallon

Alex Finkelstein
Alexander Finkelstein has been described (by himself) as “brilliant,” “the next Martin Luther King Jr.,” and “more interesting than Gandhi,” among other things. Alex grew up in Oakland, CA, yet he has always remained a 49ers and Giants fan. Throughout his illustrious high school career, he achieved many great accolades, including leading the Oakland Technical High School tennis team to the state championships (where they lost), being the favorite student of his AP Government teacher, and working to further the Jewish community through serving his Jewish youth group. University of Southern California, where Alex studies History, has brought him many more exciting opportunities and lots of new friends. Being involved with USC Jewish life (both Hillel and Chabad) are just the icing on the cake: he has done research, worked for the school, joined Greek life, advocated for Israel, and much more.
Alex Finkelstein

Ben Hannani
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ben is a Sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Screenwriting. He is a Student Representative on the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund Governing Board and is actively involved with the Jewish community at USC. As a CEI intern, he looks forward to bringing students together throughout the year. During his free time, Ben enjoys working out, watching The Daily Show, and trying new restaurants around Los Angeles.
Ben Hannani

Joseph Krassenstein
Joseph was born in Singapore to a Jewish-American father and a Taiwanese mother. He has lived in 6 countries throughout his upbringing but calls Shanghai, China home. He has lived there for almost 9 years. Joseph was raised Jewish and was Bar Mitzvah-ed in New Jersey before his family moved to Shanghai. Joseph is a double-major in Print and Digital Journalism and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Joseph is also in his first year of his Masters of Public Diplomacy program. He plays on the USC Football and Rugby teams and plans on pursuing international news reporting or international diplomacy as a profession in the future.
Joseph Krassenstein

Mady Maio
Mady is a junior from San Diego, CA. She transferred to USC in 2013 from NYU and is now majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing at the Marshall School of Business. You can find Mady involved in several clubs and engagements around campus such as STAND (the anti-genocide coalition) where she serves as the social media manager, the Shoah Foundation where she interns in their communications department, and USG’s Community Affairs Committee where she functions as a delegate. Mady enjoys yoga, coffee, and reading in her (rare) free time. She is truly looking forward to facilitating the engagement of more Jewish students through USC Hillel!
 Mady Maio

Nicole Poritzky
Nicole is from Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Junior who recently began studying in the Critical Studies program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, job-wise, but she knows she likes using her major as an excuse to watch TV/movies and call it productive. She is active in the Jewish community not solely through CEI, but also works at Hillel’s front desk as the “Director of First Impressions” and holds an advocacy position on Challah For Hunger’s executive board. In addition to these activities, Nicole loves nature, being active, exploring, and hanging out with friends (but also likes lazy days filled with eggs and naps).
Nicole Poritzky

Jack Ross
Jack is a sophomore from Beverly Hills, California, majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and minoring in Business. He is an avid sports fan, playing football, basketball and baseball throughout his formative years. Jack has continued his athletic involvement at USC as the head student manager of the USC Men’s Basketball team. He grew up attending Hebrew school and is excited to stay connected to his Jewish roots while at USC. This is his first year as a CEI intern and has already loved the experience of meeting so many new people. One of his main goals is to have students leaving Hillel wanting to come back and be a part of the Jewish Trojan Family.
Jack Ross

Sarah Schwartz
Sarah is a Junior, double majoring in Visual & Performing Arts Studies and Public Relations. Hailing from Orlando, Sarah loves nothing more than empty seats adjacent to hers on cross-country flights. Other than engaging Jewish students and “studying,” she is involved in organizations such as Sigma Delta Tau, Playback Theatre, Chabad @ USC, CONQUEST Committee, New Music Empire, and Music Industry Connection. In her “free time,” Sarah enjoys hanging out with friends, going to concerts, posting too many times in a day on social media, and sleeping.
Sarah Schwartz

Jake Simon
Jake Simon and is currently a Sophomore studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and a Specialization in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning. He hails from the distant land of Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California, a hardly-traffic-free half hour drive down the 110 from USC. Besides the constant engagement of Jewish USC students (go Jews!), Jake is involved in Greek life in his fraternity as well as serving on the executive board of the USC Interfraternity Council. Hobbies include hiking, photography, long walks on the beach, eating hamantaschen, and of course, he is really excited for the upcoming year and working with everyone! Fight On!
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Benji Smith
Benji is from Jefferson, a small farming town in the mountains of western Maryland, and grew up hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and tending the fields. When he was a teenager he decided to go west with only four oxen, his wagon, two horses, and enough supplies to make it across the vast United States on the Oregon Trail. He made it to Baltimore-Washington International Airport before abandoning his quest.
Like most 13-year-olds, Benji became a Bar Mitzvah and celebrated with a birthday party way cooler than the rest of the kids from his middle school. In 2010, he traveled to Israel with his youth group from home on a Birthright-like trip, traveling to Tsfat, Jerusalem, Rosh Hanikra, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, and Ein Gedi. In 2013, he then did a similar itinerary with his youth group again and had an equally awesome time. This past semester, he studied in Buenos Aires, where he learned how to be a chabuyero and traveled around the Southern Cone as much as he could.
Now, Benji is a Junior studying International Relations and Economics. You might see him at Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, various Trojan Scholars Society events, USC Hillel, guiding SC Outfitters trips, or at other activities that he is involved in.
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