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“There are experiences that are memorable, then there are experiences that change your life.” – Josh Hahn, 3rd Session
The Israel Government Fellows Program (IGF) is a “Masa Israel” program endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and The Menachem Begin Heritage Center. IGF offers outstanding and highly motivated young college graduates an experience at the heart of the Israeli government establishment, combining internships in government ministries and related organizations with educational seminars, Hebrew language studies, and trips around the country. It is the only existing program of its kind for non-Israelis to intern in the government and is available for applicants aged 22-30 with at least a Bachelor’s degree. We have also expanded our Non-Governmental Organizations track, which allows Fellows to intern in Israeli research institutes, think tanks, and public diplomacy organizations.
- Dates:September 2015- June 2016 (10 months)
- Location: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
- Housing: The program doesn’t provide housing but the program will assist participants in finding housing
- Ages: 22-30
- Basic Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree +Fluent English + Some Work Experience
- Cost: $11,000 – Basic cost for 10 months (not including accommodation) $2,000 – Guaranteed grant by the Menachem Begin Center + additional grants available from Masa Israel
- More info: IGF@BeginCenter.org.il
The heart of the IGF program is the internship experience in the Israeli government and in the policy and diplomacy organizations. Fellows are placed in positions of genuine responsibility working with senior figures in the Israeli government establishment and public diplomacy organizations and will be placed in accordance with their skills and interests as well as with the needs of the government ministries.
Fellows will receive mentoring throughout their internship, both from their specific supervisors in their office, as well as from the program staff at the Begin Center. Both will be working closely together with the Fellows, to ensure a fulfilling and rewarding internship experience.
Our Fellows have interned in:
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- The Ministry of Environmental Protection – Department of International Relations
- The Ministry of Public Security – Information Services Department
- The Government Press Office – English News Department
- The Ministry of Finance – Economic and Research Department
- The Israel Securities Authority (I.S.A) – Economics Department
- The Ministry of Justice – The Department of Special International Affairs, Office of the State Attorney
- The Israel Antitrust Authority – Director General’s Office
- The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour – Legal Advisor’s Office
Experience the Real Israel
The IGF program consists of two complementary components: The Internship and the Education program, both enabling Fellows an opportunity to truly understand and experience Israel of 2015.
The Education program includes:
- Opening Seminar: The first Month of the program is an orientation month that includes intensive Hebrew studies (Ulpan), Trips, lectures and group activities to introduce the Fellows to Israel.
- Ulpan-Intensive Hebrew studies:The fellows receive intensive Hebrew classes as part of the opening seminar and during the year. The Ulpan we work with is a high level ulpan focused on developing conversation skills.
- Weekly seminar days: The fellows hear and meet leading public figures from different fields of interest, focusing on issues of Israeli political culture, global Jewish current affairs, Israeli media, economy and more.
- Trips around Israel: Our fellows don’t only hear about the complex issues, but get to see them as part of our profound and fun tours around Israel.
Interested applicants should download an application form from this website or obtain one by contacting the IGF offices, by email: email@example.com or phone: +972 2 5652027/1.
The form requires applicants to provide their academic and employment experience, a personal statement and an academic writing sample. After reviewing the applications, those selected will be invited to a Skype interview, after which, a final decision of acceptance will be made.
IGF looks to secure the most diverse possible group of Fellows in terms of background and nationality.
Applicants should make sure they have included the following in their application:
- Application Form
• Passport Photo
• $100 registration fee (goes toward the tuition of the program is accepted)
• MASA Grant application
• 3 Letters of recommendation
• Personal statement
• Writing Sample
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