31 Israel-based internship programs for you to choose from.
UPDATE: this article is out of date. Find the latest, most current list of Israel internships here.
Some of the submission deadlines are approaching fast, so if you know someone who might be interested in once of these internship, share this article with them now.
Each internship description below is more or less quoted from the source.
Except where noted, all the internships have fees of some sort, such as an application processing fee, and Masa Israel grants can sometimes make the fees easier to handle.
Summer 2011 internships
This first list is ordered according to submission deadline.
Click the links for more information or to apply:
WUJS Intern Tel Aviv – for Jewish students between the ages of 21-35 who are single, or married without children. “…Intern in almost any area of industry and commerce, public and private sector, art and culture, hi-tech, politics and much more…” (March 2011)
WUJS Intern Jerusalem – Same idea as the above Tel Aviv edition, both of which only mention the 2011 programs on the application form. Since this internship and the Tel Aviv one are both beginning soon, call asap to see if there's any space left. (March 2011)
Yavneh Olami's Summer Internship Program (SIP) – “open to students who have completed at least 1 full year of university …enables students and recent graduates from all over the world to intern in their fields of interest in Israel within a social and educational environment.” (March 7th 2011)
Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship – “a selective 10-week summer fellowship program in Israel for 20 talented Jewish rising college juniors and seniors from around the world who are planning to pursue careers in business and/or technology.” (March 13th, 2011, NO FEES)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE: University of Haifa International School Internship Program – “Only students who are enrolled as full-time students in the International School are eligible for the Internship Program, and students must have already completed at least one year of university study (anywhere)… Internships are mostly focused in the areas of social services, health services, and education.” (NO FEES) Thanks to MIT Hillel Program Director Eliad Shmuel for this tip.
Israel Government Fellows Internship Program – for fluent English speakers between 22-30 years old who have a Bachelor’s Degree plus a minimum 2 years work experience OR a Master's Degree. “Fellows are placed in positions of genuine responsibility working with senior figures in the Israeli government and will be placed in accordance with their skills and interests as well as with manpower needs of the government.” (First deadline: March 3, 2011. Second deadline: May 11th, 2011)
FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel – “For college and university students only. Intensive, on the ground, eye opening learning experience about the conflict in Palestine/Israel and the struggle for Human Rights Justice, and Peace.” (April 2, 2011)
OnTarget Communications Technical Writing Internship Program – “geared towards individuals who want to embark on a career as a technical writer.” (starts in May 2011, NO FEES)
Appsfire Marketing Internship – “In Paris or Tel Aviv… If you have an iPhone, an iPad or a good smartphone and that you looooove your device and what's in it, believe me this job is for you.” (NO FEES)
Intern with ACRI – “ACRI is seeking motivated interns to work in its International Relations Department… for a one-year fellowship starting in September 2011… for native English speakers with excellent writing skills… functional knowledge of Hebrew”. (NO FEES)
LIFE – for college graduates aged 21-30. “A nine-month, leadership development program in Israel and India for college graduates.” (July 2011)
Real Life Israel's Israel Immersion Program – for young Jewish adults aged 20 – 30. “the Jerusalem-based immersion program designed to give you the most authentic impression of real life in Israel.” (apply asap, begins August 31, 2011, NO FEES)
The Shalem Center Summer Internship Program – for students. “Assigned to one of the Shalem Center’s scholars, interns assist in research and writing of books and articles being produced at Shalem. Summer interns work in one of the academic departments or institutes at the Shalem Center.” (reopens November 2011 for Summer 2012, PAID)
Career Israel Internship Program – “…internship placements in leading companies and organizations in the private and public sectors in Israel in every field including: Law, Medicine, Media, Economics, Politics, Public relations, Education, Social Work, Engineering, Computer science, Advertising, Business, and more…”
Masa Internships in Israel – for young Jewish adults ages 18-30. “Internship fields include: architecture, advertising, arts, athletics, business, co-existence, education, engineering, environment, fashion finance, health, hospitality, journalism, law, marketing, music and entertainment, politics and international relations, public policy, public relations, science and technology, social action, social justice, social work and more.”
The Magshimey Herut Internship Program – only Jews or people eligible for the Law of Return. “We have placed interns in various companies and organizations around Israel in fields including: law, theatre, engineering, sales, marketing, real estate, social work, computer science, graphic design, hospitality, politics, education, public relations, business, medicine, and more.”
Oranim's Tel Aviv Internship Experience – for non-Israeli Jews 18-35, depending on country of origin. “You will have the chance to pursue an internship in whatever career path you choose. If you would rather take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of office work, choose a meaningful volunteer placement instead.”
Oranim's Free Eilat Hotel Experience – for non-Israeli Jews 18-35, depending on country of origin. “Earn valuable experience in the hotel and tourism industries while living and playing in Israel's resort city.” (no fee under certain conditions)
Oranim Short-Term Internship – for non-Israeli Jews 18-35, depending on country of origin. “Internships are available throughout the country, in every field. Head to Jerusalem and intern for an MK (Knesset Member); live beachside in Tel Aviv and work in marketing; settle in Haifa and join an international hi-tech firm – we’ll find you the right position in the right city. Internships are available for two months and longer…”
Oranim Summer Internship – similar to Oranim's Short-Term Internship program but limited to 2.5-3 months.
Kedma – Social Action Student Internship Positions. The current list is out of date – new positions will open in March 2011. (NO FEES).
NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Gesher Student Internship Program – “for outstanding Jewish students and children of Israelis residing overseas, who are studying for their bachelor's degrees, who have completed their second year, or who are studying for their master's degree… Fields of occupation: economics, business management, investment management, computers, engineering, exact sciences, and biotechnology.” (NO FEES, PAID)
Nesiya Community Internships – for students. “All participants who receive financial support from Nesiya are obligated to fulfill a Nesiya Community Internship in an education or non-profit agency… Nesiya Community Internships are usually completed during the academic year immediately following participation in Nesiya’s summer Israel program.” (NO FEES)
World Likud Internship Program – “open to young Likud supporters from around the world… the opportunity for young bright minds to actively participate in various activities of the Likud Party in Israel.” (NO FEES)
JCPA Internship Program – “The Jerusalem Center is a growing and evolving institution and intern research assistants are important to this development. Interns bring their own expertise and insight to the research, providing the center with a valuable resource.” (NO FEES, unpaid)
Save A Child's Heart – mostly medical internships (for medical students) but there are sometimes general internships available too.
TASP Teaching Internship – 2-year internship teaching English as a second language “in elementary, junior high or high schools.” Apply here (PAID)
Bustan – “Green” community action internships in the Jewish & Beduin communities of the Negev. They prefer local, long term interns but are always open to outstanding, experienced people. (NO FEES, unpaid)
Intel Internships – for “bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral students in engineering, science, and business-related fields.” (NO FEES, PAID)
MISTI MIT-Israel Internships – For MIT students and graduates. “Three-month summer internships (June-August) or longer internships (after graduation or while enrolled in a Ph.D. program) in dozens of corporations and research institutions across Israel.” The deadline for summer internships was Dec.1st although they say you can still contact them afterward to see if anything is still available. There is no deadline for the other internships.
Internships at the WZO Center for Diaspora Communications & Countering Anti-Semitism – “The center is looking for interns who speak different languages and have the ability to write and translate various articles. Prospective interns should be passionate about the State of Israel and committed to this important cause.” (NO FEES)
Special thanks to Natasha Shine of Rounds for her help with this list.
Know of any other internships I should add to the list? Tell us in the comments.
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