Internships in Israel
Choose Your Experience
Thousands of international students and post grads arrive at Israel every year to take part as interns in Israeli and international companies and NGOs. They help impoverished communities, work with foreign residents or take part in programs aiming to improve the cooperation between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
Other internships are offered at bio-tech companies, theaters, PR agencies, internet, computers and mobile start-ups, newspapers, banks and universities. There are several providers in Israel that aim to find the best internship opportunities for international applicants. Among these, are: universities, government institutions, social change organizations and private companies.
Internship Programs in Israel – What is out there for you?
Programs via Universities
These are open for international students that attend an Israeli university, or to students attending other academic institutions that collaborate with Israeli universities. There are two kinds of tracks – academic research programs, and professional volunteer work in NGOs and private companies.
All universities offer international intern tracks in their specialized fields of study. In academic research programs students will be asked to aid scholars in their work while gaining practical experience in research.
Some academic tracks include professional internship opportunities. For instance, communications students might intern in local radio or TV stations, computer science students will attend local programming companies, science students will be offered positions in Bio-tech companies, and political science or Middle Eastern studies students will be offered positions in NGOs that focus on co-existence in Israel. The organizations are located in the university' surrounding area, so students will not have to travel far.
You can also read about: Professional Courses in Israel
Programs via Non-Academic Providers
These are offered to students and post grads from all around the world by various organizations. Some of them, such as The Jewish Agency, also offer financial aid and scholarships. The most popular programs are in hi-tech, political media (PR and journalism), government and social action. Participants may even choose a customized internship, a track that was designed especially for them.
Most programs are either 5 or 10 months long. At times, universities offer tracks that are semester-based. The interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week.
Do you get paid for your work?
No, or at least mostly not. In most tracks, interns do not get paid. At several academic programs students are getting stipends that will be given during their internships. However, the sum is less than the Israeli minimum wage.
Why do it?
Keep in mind that in many cases interns are offered to continue working for the company in Israel or in other countries (in case the company is international). When they become employees, they receive the full conditions – salary, health insurance etc.
Even in cases they are not offered a job, most find the experience well worthwhile due to the work experience and connections they acquired during the program. Also, some university tracks award students with academic credit points.
You can also read about: Student Exchange Programs in Israel
The internship programs offered by universities usually do not cost anything. However, applicants via other providers need to pay for their participation. The cost of each program varies, and can be anywhere between $700 and $10,500. In addition, participants have other expenses during their stay, for instance: food and transportation. In most programs housing expenses are included in the fees.
Applying for an Internship
The application process is done through the relevant provider of the internship. In the process, a personal advisor will help you explore the best available programs for your needs and give you more information. After applying, you will go through an interview with representatives of the company in which you will work, and find out about the positions in their firms.
All international internships are in English. However, in some cases a background in Arabic or Hebrew is needed. In case you are not an English speaker, you might be required to take an English proficiency test.
Academic Institution and Providers