KU Hillel’s mission statement is “making Jewish leaders of the future,” which is what it aims to do with its internship program for KU Hillel student leaders. As student leaders take on internship roles, their work becomes much more for some of them than just an extracurricular activity.
Senior Dani Malakoff works as Hillel’s video and photo production intern, where she creates promotional videos and recaps for some of Hillel’s big events.
Malakoff, a journalism major at KU, worked with Hillel staff to create an internship that would help her with her future career interests; after graduating in May, Malakoff wants to work in the video department for a professional sports team or the athletic department at KU.
“KU Hillel has really helped me develop my editing skills and documentary skills while also allowing me to be creative and innovative with video,” Malakoff said.
Malakoff said she wanted to start this internship both because of her interests, but also because she wanted to help KU Hillel expand its multimedia content. She has been involved in Hillel since her freshmen year and said it has been an important part of her KU career.
“I love every video I’ve made at Hillel,” Malakoff said. “Hillel has made me want to return to the Jewish nonprofit world later in life. It's opened up a whole new career path that I didn't even know about before I started."
“I had told Jay [Lewis, KU Hillel’s executive director]...that I wanted to be accounting intern because it allowed me to apply concepts that I had learned in school to real world setting,” Seldin said. “It has laid the groundwork for me by providing an additional learning experience.”
Seldin plans to get her masters in accounting after graduating in May, where she wants to then work in public accounting and then possibly forensic accounting. While the work she does with Hillel isn’t the same type of accounting she plans to work in, the experiences and connections she’s made through her internships have helped her get closer to her goals.
“The connections that KU Hillel have really helped me in the accounting world,” Seldin said. “Especially because this past fall I was able to sit on the board, I was able to network with many people.”
Both Seldin and Malakoff, along with other student leaders, have worked to create what they want to work on and made that part of their Jewish experience.
“They’ve given me insight into a new experiences but more than just the internships that I’ve had, Hillel has provided me endless experiences and friendships that I will never forget,” Seldin said.