This is part of a series by our Conference Coordinator Interns who have been working at Hillel International this summer to plan Hillel Institute: August Convening at Washington University in St. Louis.
"You know, it's a great feeling to love your job," Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut said earlier this summer at a conference table with me and my fellow summer interns. Loving what you do every day is something unique to working for a non-profit organization, and even more unique to Hillel. Throughout my summer at Hillel International, and my continued involvement in Hillel at Ithaca College, I have just begun to understand what it means to love your job every day. It has been a true joy to show up to the Schusterman International Center at 9am (Jewish Standard Time) for the past two months.
Unlike many summer internships, we are given a lot of freedom and independence. As a Summer Conference Coordinator Intern, I get one of the best offices in the building: a sunny conference room turned intern work space. This space, which we call Intern Central, is full of inspiring people who are excited to work, learn, and play. The group dynamic set up by Hillel, and made home by us, has turned our cohort of four interns into a family in two short months. We are all so excited to arrive on the ground at August Convening of Hillel Institute in St. Louis. The work and dedication everyone at the SIC office has put into Institute will be revealed upon our arrival on Monday August 4th.
As an alumna of Hillel Institute, it is exciting to be experiencing what it takes to plan an event that I enjoyed so much as an attendee two years ago. Seeing the preparation that goes into making Institute amazing has given me incredible insight in what it takes to run an organization like Hillel. There is something very unique about working at Hillel International. At the Hillel International office, it is the job of about sixty people to create standards of excellence for colleges and universities around the world. The sixty people who show up every day are only a small number of the people that make this organization great. The opportunity to give to the future students of Hillel is an amazingly rewarding feeling, in part because of what Hillel has given me. I am honored and excited to be a part of it.
Rebecca Levine is a rising senior at Ithaca College. She is currently a Conference Coordinator Intern with Hillel International at the Schusterman International Center in Washington, D.C.