The Workum internship program selected 6 outstanding college students to spend the summer experiencing real world work experience, understanding more about our Jewish community and making great professional development strides in their respective organizations.
The Workum Fund Internship places college students at participating Jewish organizations and congregations across Cincinnati. The program runs 8 weeks and comes together on most Wednesdays for a work session where each intern has an opportunity to present about the organizations for which they work and the work they are doing over the summer. Career development workshops are integrated as well as guest speakers of the community engage in thoughtful Jewish lessons and conversations. Overall, the program is a complete learning experience on both a personal and professional level.
We proudly introduce the Summer of 2020 Workum Interns!
Major: Marketing / Entrepreneurship
Internship: JCC Marketing
Gail Duke is currently studying at Ohio University as a Junior and majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Her plans after graduation are to work at a marketing firm and eventually start her own business. While at Sycamore High school she was involved in DECA and NFTY.
She is currently an executive board member for Jewish Heritage Programs and an Emerson Fellow for the organization, StandWithUs.
EOWYN (WYN) GARFINKLE PLYMESSER
University of Louisville
Internship: Adath Israel Congregation
Eowyn is a 3rd year student at the University of Louisville studying Communication with a minor in Jewish Studies. After graduation, Wyn would like to continue her passion for service through Jewish Non-Profit work and may study law.
While attending Walnut Hills High School, Wyn was very involved in USY and Mercaz. She has also been a part of the Cincinnati Teen Delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference for the past 3 years. Currently, Wyn is involved in her campus community as the president of UofL's Hillel, an Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere Program, as well as being the PR Chair for her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
Eowyn is interning at Adath Israel Congregation.
Major: American Studies
Minors: General Business / History
Internship: The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati
Emily Garforth is a Junior at Miami University majoring in American Studies with minors in Business and History. Her plans after graduation include volunteering or interning in Israel.
In college, she is involved in Hillel as a marketing and communications intern and Vice President for SIM (Students for Israel at Miami). She also works at Special Collections and Archives at King Library at Miami University. She attended Solon High School where she was involved with Model United Nations.
Major: Social Work / Public Policy
Internship: StarPoint Home Care
Brooke is a rising sophomore at Rutgers University studying Social Work and Public Policy. After graduation she wants to either become a foster care social worker or a juvenile attorney.
While attending Loveland High School, Brooke was in the marching band for 4 years, show choir, and National Honor Society. Her involvement with the Jewish community includes being a madrichah for four years, regional vice president in the USY region of CRUSY, and attending Hebrew School as well as Mercaz. While in college, Brooke is a tour guide, member of the Rutgers Jewish experience, and member of AGD (Alpha Gamma Delta).
University of Cincinnati
Internship: Holocaust and Humanities Center
Avi Ream is a third-year student at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Marketing. He plans to work in the marketing field after college and create commercials.
He graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 2018 and was the treasurer in the animation club. He also worked at Subway, Cincinnati Circus Company, and Maggianos during his high school career.
At UC he is involved with the Jewish community through Hillel and AEPi. At AEPi, he holds a position as the Social Media chair and is on the social committee. During his Freshman year, he continued to work at the Cincinnati circus company.
Ohio State University
Minor: Business Analytics
Internship: Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati
Sam Ruskin is currently attending the Ohio State University studying Finance at the Fisher College of Business. After graduating, Sam is hoping to pursue a career in investment banking with some specialization in technology.
While attending Sycamore High School, Sam was involved with BBYO, Journalism, Spanish Club and Robotics. In college, Sam is currently involved with AEPi, Film and Video Society and the Investment Banking Program at Ohio State.