Internship Placements in Israel and Palestine (Summer)
June 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the 6 Day War and subsequent adoption of Resolution 242 by the UN Security Council in November of that same year. Much has changed in the world since 1967, but the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict remains a central issue in the Middle East.
George Mason University in association with Global Knowledge LLC, offers students the chance to live and work in the midst of this ongoing conflict, to develop their own opinions and knowledge by utilizing the rare opportunity to agree, disagree, and question some of the most influential narratives of the conflict as presented by moderates and extremists on both sides. From settlements to refugee camps, from sacred sites to high-security areas, from segregated communities to those coexisting in peace, students see it all.
This summer program is academic in nature. It examines the conflict dynamics by exposing participating students to a variety of narratives within Israeli as well as Palestinian society. Given recent legislation passed by the Knesset, supporters of the BDS movement will be denied entry to Israel and the West Bank.
For further information on the new Israeli law, please read this article:
I participated in the 2014 Israel-Palestine internship program with George Mason University when I was a freshman in college. As a new School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution major, the program attracted me because of the ability to be placed in an internship that aligned perfectly with what I wanted to study. I interned in Tel Aviv at the Institute for National Security Studies’ Center for Applied Negotiations. I was able to simultaneously work on important projects to the Center such as a documented history of the Israel-Palestine conflict negotiations as well as my own personal project, which dealt with the role of Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula in the role of the Israel-Palestine negotiations. At one point in my internship, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to INSS to give an internationally televised speech regarding Iran and nuclear weapons. While at INSS, I was able to meet and speak with many international ambassadors, high-ranking military officers, Israeli government officials, and academics. I attended high-profile conferences such at the Israel Conference on Peace where I sat across the aisle from Former President Shimon Peres. The opportunity and experience were truly unique and unparalleled.
Since my time in Israel, I procured several other internships. I’ve interned at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis and the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s online publication The Wilson Quarterly. My experience with the Israel-Palestine internship program largely helped me secure these internships. It also inspired me to venture on two more study abroad programs through George Mason University! I highly recommend the Israel-Palestine internship program, as it immensely shaped my personal and professional lives for the better.
- Emma Durband, Summer 2014
Through this intensive 9-week program, students experience the conflict first-hand and gain a better understanding of the intricacies of life in Israel and Palestine. Starting with a week-long seminar in Jerusalem, students will meet with leading Israeli and Palestinian experts, representatives of various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's), peace activists, private sector and government officials and hear their perspectives on the dynamics of Israeli- Palestinian relations. Numerous site visits will also be made to settlements in the territories, refugee camps, government offices, and cultural institutions. Following the seminar, students are sent to live and work in various locations around Israel and the West Bank. At the very end of the program, students reconvene in Tel Aviv to reflect on their experiences and what they have learned.
Israel-Palestine Summer Internship Student Checklist .pdf
For eight weeks, students work for four/five days per week--eight hours a day in either the Palestinian territories--Ramallah, Bethlehem--or Israel--Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, and other locations. The internships will be related to Conflict Resolution, Politics, International Relations, Economics, or Business and Finance in Israel and Palestine. See below in the links and resources section for a list of previous placements and possible internship opportunities.
Note: Mason Study Abroad cannot guarantee that a student will be able to intern at a particular organization, but we will do our best to place students in their preferred internship placement.
As part of the application, students will submit an Internship Personal Statement detailing their reasons for applying to the program and what type of internship they are looking for as well as their current resume. These materials will assist the On-site Director in determining placement opportunities.
Upon acceptance to the program and confirmation of the deposit payment, students will be instructed to schedule one-on-one Skype interviews with the On-Site Director to discuss their potential placement options. Interviews will take place in mid-late March and Internship Placements are expected to be confirmed by early June.
Seeking Credit in the following:
- History (HIST) 387: Topics in Global History
- Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad
- Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 397: Study Abroad Special Topics
- Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
- Sociology (SOCI) 326: Conflict, Violence & Peace
- Economics (ECON) 492: Study Abroad
- Anthropology (ANTH) 398: Study Abroad
- Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning
- Government (GOVT) 480: Internship
- Economics (ECON) 498: Internship
- Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370: Internship Field Experience
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 390: International Internship
- Sociology (SOCI) 416: Internship in Sociology
- History (HIST) 399: Internship
Undergraduate students will earn 9 credits total, 3-credits for the seminar and a 6-credits for the internship. Both the seminar and the internship are taught by a Mason professor in Israel & Palestine. Students should speak to their academic advisor and their undergraduate program director about applying internship credit to their degree. Some undergraduate programs have independent research and special topics credit that may apply to this program. Some departments have specific requirements for receiving internship credit. Students are responsible for initiating the conversation with the academic department and communicating said requirements to Mason Study Abroad. Students must comply with department requirements in order to receive internship credit.
- History (HIST) 598: Historical Study Abroad
- Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 695: Selected Topics
- Sociology (SOCI) 633: Special Topics in Sociology
- Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 694: Internship
- Sociology (SOCI) 516: Internship in Sociology
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 595: Experiential Learning
Graduate students will earn 6 credits total, 3 credits for the seminar and 3 credits for the internship. Both the seminar and the internship are taught by a Mason professor in Israel & Palestine. Graduate students must seek approval from their graduate program advisor prior to applying to the program. Some graduate programs have practicum, independent research, and special topics credit that may apply to this program. Departments are likely to have specific requirements for receiving credit for the international internship; the student is responsible for initiating the conversation with the academic department and communicating said requirements to Mason Study Abroad. Students must comply with department requirements in order to receive internship credit
This program is open to all graduate and undergraduate students who meet the minimum GPA requirement. Undergraduate students should have 30 undergraduate credits completed by the start date of the program. Graduate students should have completed at least one semester of graduate work by the start date of the program. Students from all universities are eligible to participate.
During the week-long seminar at the start of the program, students will stay together in a hotel.
Throughout the internship portion of the program, most students will live with families in homestays. Adding another facet to the experience, homestays provide students an opportunity to learn about the cultural nuances and social fabric of this unique region like a local. Students interning in Tel Aviv will live in an apartment.
At the end of the program, students will stay together for one night in a hotel in Tel Aviv.
An entry visa is not required for US citizens, but visa requirements may vary for non-US citizens. Learn more about Israel's visa and entry requirements here. Non-US citizens should speak with the On-Site Director prior to submitting their visa application.
Program Cost (Summer 2018): $7,845
Tuition (9 credits - undergraduate; 6 credits - graduate)
- Homestays with families in most locations (apartments in Tel Aviv)
- Some meals may be provided in homestays
- Hotel during week-long seminar in Jerusalem (double occupancy & including daily breakfast and dinner)
- Hotel on August 17th in Tel Aviv (double occupancy & including transportation from internship site)
- Transportation from Jerusalem to internship site
- Internship placement and academic supervision
- Guided sightseeing tours, including entrance fees to museums (including transportation to program activities)
- Guest speakers and professional site visits
International Emergency Insurance
- International airfare
- Most meals
- Visa application fee (if applicable)
- Personal expenses
- Daily transportation to/from classes and internship site
Links and Resources
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Yehuda Lukacs, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus, Global Affairs, George Mason University
Experiential Learning Program Officer