Programs Internship


About The Gershman Y:

The Gershman Y is a vibrant arts and culture center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts. The Gershman Y’s mission is to be an urban community center informed by Jewish values that presents a broad array of arts, culture, and educational experiences for individuals of all ages. Committed to sharing the diversity and breadth of the Jewish experience, the Gershman Y welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations to explore, participate, and contribute to our rich roster of Jewish arts and cultural programs and community initiatives.

The Gershman Y has three areas of programming: Art exhibitions in the Gershman Y’s Gershman Gallery and Open Lens Gallery, arts and cultural programs and events, including our signature programs like Latkepalooza, a culinary extravaganza, and the Moo Shu Jew Show comedy celebration, and the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF). The Gershman Y offers a unique array of programs every year, including author talks, classes, holiday celebrations, film screenings, scholarly lectures and panels, gallery exhibitions, and live performances.

In addition, with the Gershman Y’s most recent major success What Goes On: The Velvet Underground at the Y 50th Anniversary concert, the organization is at an exciting junction to create dynamic programming that continues to foster relationships with a diverse new audience while reinvigorating our connection with our core audiences.

Programs Internship:

Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the programs intern will help to build and improve on established programs as well as develop new content for programming, assisting in the entirety of the creation process.  Assisting with research and data, the programs intern will gain an in depth knowledge of the institution, its constituencies, and the arts and cultural community of Philadelphia.  The programs intern will also have the opportunity to work cross departmentally with marketing and development to identify target audiences, social media promotion, and public awareness of the Gershman Y’s programming.  We are looking for someone with exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills. Responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):

-Assist in the development of upcoming programming from start to finish, including content development, budgeting, promotion, and execution.
-Assist in accumulating and assessing research and data related to programming, including audience surveys, target demographics, and current constituency base.
-Assist in the production and design of materials including brochures, flyers, and other promotional materials.
-Assist in the development and execution of general promotion and message of the Gershman Y through various marketing platforms such as website and social media.
-Ad-hoc duties as assigned.

Internship hours are part-time and agreed upon by the Gershman Y staff and the intern. The Gershman Y operation hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, with extended hours during evenings and weekends when programming occurs.

Internship requirements:
-Ability to work the entirety of the agreed upon internship
-Interest in arts and culture programming and management
-Knowledge of Jewish religion and culture a plus
-Strong communication and interpersonal skills
-Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
-Ability to multi-task
-Strong computer skills (MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite a plus)
-Detail oriented
-Excellent problem solving skills
-Accurate, organized, and responsible

Please note that all internships require the applicant to have reliable transportation.  Internships are 8-32 hours a week depending on availability. All internships at the Gershman Y are unpaid. All interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to Lindsey G. Nevin, Director of Programs, at

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