WALTHAM, MA – The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, (HBI) has selected three Smith College students for its nationally recognized HBI Summer Internship. This year’s eight interns have been named Hadassah Centennial Interns in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Frankie Petronio (’14), Katy Swartz (’13), and Sydney Sadur (’14) will each complete an independent research project of their choosing relating to gender and Judaism. Frankie will study Jewish women in comedy, Katy will create a guide for religious youth that are questioning their sexuality, and Sydney will explore the narratives of transgender-identified Jews and their relationships with their faith. Each student will also assist a faculty member with an academic research project related to her own scholarly interests. The HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute), which opened in 1997, develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects, and public engagement. The HBI Summer Internship Program provides undergraduate students a variety of opportunities to learn about the work of Jewish women’s studies, scholars and centers, and try their hand at research in the field.