To be eligible for the subsidized terms of the program, you must:
Identify as Jewish
Not have Israeli citizenship OR if you do, you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving a Masa Israel grant or scholarship
Have not spent four consecutive months or longer in Israel within the 24 month period prior to the start of your program after the age of 18
If you have participated in a four month or longer Israel program, you are not eligible for Masa funding. You are still eligible to participate, but you will be responsible for the full cost of the program without the subsidy.
The program is funded by Masa Israel for eligible participants, but it’s still not free. Your subsidized program payment covers accommodations, internship placement, programming, Hebrew language classes, and local medical insurance.
After completing the initial application, you’ll be asked to tell us more about what kind of internship you are seeking and what relevant background you bring. Our Internship Coordinator will follow up to interview you and discuss placement possibilities. Once a mutually desired placement is arranged, you will likely conduct an additional interview with your prospective employer. After this interview (at least three weeks before your arrival in Israel) a final decision about your placement will be made.
It depends on your area of interest, your background, and your level of engagement in the process. Typically, the timeline between your interview and your internship placement can be between two weeks and two months.
A refundable $300 security deposit is due at least two weeks in advance of the program start date and can be paid now as part of your program payment. The deposit will be returned in full at the conclusion of the program to participants in good standing. Participants who are removed from the program, choose to leave early for any reason, do not attend scheduled activities, or cause damage to the apartments or other infractions as determined by staff, will not receive a refund of their deposit.
Though it may vary for each placement, all participants complete at least 25-30 hours a week. Each week includes one day of educational development ranging from a two-hour activity to a full day program run by your coordinator. Nearly the rest of the time is for you…join a gym, volunteer, take classes, and generally enjoy living abroad – it is up to you. In addition, participants benefit from concessional tours, weekend trips, seminars, and other organized activities.
After beginning your work, our internship coordinator will be in touch to see how your experience is going. If you are not satisfied with the placement, the first response will be to try to address the issues within the context of your current placement. If the lack of satisfaction continues, it is possible to work with your placement coordinator to find a new placement, within the limits of your areas of interest, geographical location in Israel and placement opportunities.
No, Hebrew is not a requirement to get a good internship placement. Our assumption is that the internship will take place in English, and most Israelis you interact with at your placement do communicate in English. If you do know some Hebrew that will, of course, add to the placement opportunities and enrich your interaction with Israelis. NOTE: A Hebrew language course is provided as part of your educational experience.
No. Your internship is unpaid, but you can expect to receive plenty of practical on-the-job training as a result. Additionally, according to Israeli law, you are not allowed to be gainfully employed in Israel.
The program is holistic in nature, so, unfortunately, there is no option to join a program in the middle or leave before the end except for exceptional situations. Failure to participate in the full program may result in the loss of your security deposit and/or the repayment of any program subsidies and financial aid.
The program welcomes religious and non-religious participants. All the activities organized on Shabbat or Jewish festivals are suitable for those who observe religious practices, however, each participant is free to observe Shabbat in their own way. Any food provided by the program will be kosher.
Inappropriate behavior, drug use, violence, danger to other participants or oneself, criminal offense, and any out of ordinary discipline problem will lead to immediate removal from the program. If you do not complete the program you may be asked to absorb some of the cost of the scholarship granted or your deposit may be non-refundable.