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Parth Savla Program Coordinator

I am honored and excited to be coordinating the JAINA Summer Internship Program (JASI).  When JAINA's leaders and I first came up with the JASI program, we immediately saw this as an innovative and rich opportunity for young adults, whether a junior or senior in college, a graduate student, or a recent grad. We put tremendous thought and effort into designing the internship. After hearing the needs of young adults and interns in other programs, we decided to focus the program on two pillars: skill development, including professional and leadership training, and personal practice.





Pillar 1 - Skill Development:

The JASI Program will focus on what it means to be a leader or a role-model in today’s world. Interns will have the chance to build self-confidence and to express themselves authentically regardless of the circumstance.  They will do this while learning a variety of professional skills, including developing a community-based fundraising program, supporting project leaders to plan and move forward JAINA’s various projects, and getting cross-platform training and experience in project planning, marketing, social media, media production, etc.


Pillar 2 - Personal Practice:

JASI will also focus on the personal practice of Jain values.  We at JAINA realize that everyone needs pragmatic channels with which to explore our values and principles in daily life. Weekly assignments will ask interns to reflect or act on what certain principles mean to them. For example, one week they may carry around an index card and make a note of every time they compare themselves to someone rather than truly listening.  Another assignment may ask interns to perform a random act of kindness in order to understand compassion. Written reflections will be shared with among the interns, and there will be an opportunity to share the experience with the larger Jain community in weekly newsletters, as well. 


This program will provide opportunities for travel and leadership training, including a week-long, in-person leadership "boot camp" at the end of June. You will notice that 85% of this internship involves working from home.  This is intentional, as we want to cultivate in our interns the ability to self-manage their time.  As the economic landscape continues to change, more and more employees are working virtually, in both part-time and full-time positions. We believe having this hybrid of virtual and in-person experience on our interns' resumes is highly valuable for their future professional growth.


Upon submission, if you do not receive a confirmation email within one week, please contact Parth Savla ( or call (510) 434 4249.

Applicants should expect to hear final notification by end of March. For further questions, e-mail:

To learn more about the JASI Program, go to:

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