Deadline for 2018 Summer Junior Internship extended to May 11

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:12pm

The USC Shoah Foundation is looking for 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 for students to engage with testimonies – personal stories – from survivors and witnesses of genocide.

“[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

  • Develop an understanding of different types of memory,
  • Deepen proficiency in digital literacy and improve communication skills.
  • Learn on the University of Southern California’s campus at USC Shoah Foundation

Through these activities, William P. Lauder Junior 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
  • 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 during the entire weeks of July 9-13 or July 23-27 (USC Shoah Foundation will decide which one session the Junior Intern will attend, but the applicant will need to be available for both)


USC Shoah Foundation office on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.

Travel and Expenses

Upon acceptance to the program, all program related expenses will be covered by the William P. Lauder Internship Program.
For students who live outside of Southern California, travel, room and board expenses will be covered.

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

Application Deadline

May 11, 2018 by 5pm PST

Application Process & Timeline

Completed applications with all forms and information will be accepted between April 3, 2018 and May 11, 2018.

  • Notice of status will be sent to applicants by May 22, 2018.
  • Accepted applicants must confirm their participation in the program by May 29, 2018.
  • Click here for application: APPLICATION LINK

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