There are several upcoming programs for the Four Month program. The dates are:
- November 3, 2013 through March 2, 2014 (4 months)
- December 22, 2013 through April 27, 2014 (4 months)
- May 20, 2014 through September 22, 2014 (4 months)
- August 25, 2014 throught December 28, 2014 (4 months)
The cost for this program is $5000; however, most students qualify for scholarships that dramatically reduce the price.
We make a great effort to offer as many sessions as possible so you can fit the program into your summer plans. The following sessions are available for Summer '14 (subject to change):
- May 20, 2014 through July 20, 2014 (2 months)
- May 20, 2014 through September 22, 2014 (4 months)
- June 22, 2014 through August 20, 2014 (2 months)
- July 1, 2014 through Aug. 20, 2014 (2 months) - UK students from JLE
- Aug. 25, 2014 throught December 28, 2014 (4 months)
Every program runs a little bit differently, however most of the sessions follow a basic model. Roughly the first month of the program is focused heavily on touring Israel and classes on Judaism. The first two weeks are an equal mix of some time spent touring Israel and some time spent in the classroom. The third week or so is mostly spent in the classroom taking classes that are tailored to your background and level. You start the internship compondent of the program around the fourth week. From that point forward you will work basically full time with your host-company/organization, where you will carry out your internship responsibilities. During this final month, there will also be a few evening activities, some time in the classroom, weekend retreats and an occasional short trip.
The 8 week program costs $1,500; most students qualify for airfare scholarships so this price usually includes airfare. Also, a limited number of scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students.
The various Onward Israel sessions cost $350 + airfare (the group flight from NYC is expected to be $1150).
You will learn from internationally-acclaimed rabbis and presenters on a variety of Jewish topics. There are a variety of different programs offered at different levels. To find out specific information about each program, click on the links from the individual institutions. As part of the process, you will interview directly with the Jewish Learning program; this will give you a chance to get a clear picture of what to expect.
You will work at least 30 hours per week for roughly one month (4 full days weekly). Internship tasks vary based on the industry and nature of the work environment. You can typically expect to receive a project that you will see through from beginning to end. Most Israeli companies treat their interns like one of the staff from day one so you can expect to attend meetings and be given real responsibilities.
Here's the process:
Step 1 - Fill out a quick application by taking five minutes to answer a few questions about yourself. It is advisable to submit a resume with your application, but you may do so at a later stage in the process if you choose. Afterwards, you will receive an email to schedule the preliminary interview.
Step 2 - Hold a fifteen minute phone interview with one of our Program Advisors and learn more about the program.
Step 3 - You will be notified of the appropriate Jewish Learning program with a link to that program’s application form. Submit the application directly to that Learning Program. They will contact you to arrange an interview.
Step 4 - Once accepted to the Learning Program, you will hold an interview with our Internship Coordinator to discuss the best internship opportunities available for you. If you like what you hear about available internships options in your field, you'll pay a non-refundable $300 placement fee. When you do this, your Internship Coordinator will immediately begin working to match you up with your preferred companies. Some companies require a personal interview with the company's intern supervisor; some do not. You'll work closely with your Internship Coordinator throughout the placement process and continue working together throughout the summer for any internship-related issues that may arise.
Step 5- We will make the arrangements for your flight and you will be on your way!
Included in the costs are:
- Room/Board (2-3 meals/day depending on the location of your internship)
- Touring Program for first two weeks
- Airfare to/from Israel* - booked by the program travel agent.
- Internship Matching Service
Yes. A limited number of scholarships are available to students in need.
For most Summer Programs, the following items are not included:
- Required Health Insurance - cost $1/day
- Intra-city transportation to/from your internship - cost around $70 total
- Lunch during your internship - cost $5/day
For the Onward Israel sessions, the above items are included in the cost of the program.
The various Onward Israel sessions are run in partnership with the Orthodox Union. ALL STUDENTS are eligibile for the program, however alumni from OU programs are given priority status in the application process. These programs include:
- Birthright - Israel Free Spirit
Also, to qualify for this session, students can only have had one previous short-term Israel experience, and cannot have lived in Israel for more than three months.
Yes! Students can receive credits for both components of the program. Several of our partner learning programs offer credits for the courses on Jewish studies. Additionally, many students work out arrangements for receiving credits for the internship experience from the appropriate department chair in advance of the program. This usually entails writing a report and having the internship supervisor sign off that a certain number of hours were logged at the workplace.
No. Most of your co-workers will have a strong command of the English language. If you speak Hebrew, make sure to let the Internship Coordinator know because this may broaden your search.
This will be determined based on your industry and placement. Please ask your Internship Coordinator about this once your internship is secured.
Phase I - application is due six weeks before the program start-date; deposit is due four weeks before the program start-date.
Phase II - application is due four weeks before the program start-date; deposit is due three weeks before the program start-date.
The program is very competitive and resumes are sent to host-companies on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to begin the application process six months before before the program start date to maximize the chances of placing with their preferred host-company.
Following your interview with the Internship Coordinator, you must pay a non-refundable $300 deposit if you want to proceed to the next phase of the process: having the Internship Coordinators actively trying to place you with Israeli companies. Time is a very valuable commodity and it is hard for companies to justifiy spending time to evaluate resumes and conduct interviews with candidates who are not committed to joining them in Israel. The deposit gives Israeli companies peace of mind that candidates are serious about traveling overseas to join their company.
Most Jewish university-aged students (19 - 26) can qualify for flight scholarships. Strong preference is given to students who are currently enrolled in or have previously graduated from a campus-based Jewish learning program such as Maimonides Leadership Fellowship or JOU Max.
Students who have already spent significant time in advanced learning programs such as yeshiva high school and long-term yeshiva programs in Israel may not qualify for flight scholarships. In most cases, students who are ineligible for flight scholarships are placed in the Phase II matching process commencing four weeks before the program start date.
There are many Foundations that work independently from jInternship that fund students who want to participate in extended programs in Israel. Here are a few:
- Your Local Hillel, Campus Rabbi, Synagogue or Jewish
- Abraham Scholars: http://www.abrahamscholars.org/
- Haas Koshlan Memorail Award: http://jewishfed.org/see-how-we-help/haakoshlan-award.com
- Zionist Movement Scholarships: http://www.azm.org/helyn-b-reich-memorial-scholarship.php
- Boren Awards: http://www.borenawards.org/
- The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies: http://www.jewishphilanthropies.org/israel_scholarships.html
- Amy Adina Shulman Memorial Fund: http://www.amyadinaschulmanfund.org/
- Jewish Federations of America: For a full list of Jewish Federations in North America: http://www.jewishfederations.org/local_includes/downloads/4798.pdf
The flight scholarships typically cover the cost of a round-trip ticket to Israel from any location in the Continental United States or other host country. Students who do not finalize their tickets within 30 days of the program's start-date, will be responsible for the amount of their ticket that exceeds $1500.
If you are already in Israel on Birthright or studying in a foreign exchange program through an Israeli university, you can still participate in the program. You may even be eligible for a $1000 tuition scholarship.
No. You should read through the FAQs for the session you are interested in attending. Not only do the different sessions vary in length and cost, they also vary with regards to numerous other details.
Check out the a sampling of internships in our listings here. You will notice that the names of the host-companies are not displayed in our Listings section. This is because most host-companies prefer to remain unnamed on the jInternship website since they do not accept resumes for interns independently. Instead, they enjoy the fact that jInternship assists them in screening candidates, assisting with housing, securing airfare, providing orientations and all the other details that the host-companies prefer not to worry about - but the details that make for an enjoyable experience.
Not at all. We add hundreds of jobs to our job bank every year. Because of this rapid expansion of our job bank, the Listings section is not always perfectly up-to-date. Also, we have a great track record of finding new internships once students tell us what they are looking for - especially students in niche fields. Until students ask us to look for a internships in more obscure fields and diciplines, we don't have a basis to recruit the host-companies to join our network.