How do I apply for the Tel Aviv Internship Experience Program?
In order to apply for the program, simply click the “Get Started” or “Apply Now” links on our web page. Type your information in all of the fields and click “Submit”. One of our representatives will contact you shortly and walk you through the process.
What is the average age of the participants, and where are they from?
Participants on this program must be between the ages of 18 - 35. The majority of our participants are aged 20-27.
Our internship program is very international, with participants coming from all over the world. Some of the countries represented include: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
What can I expect when I arrive in Tel Aviv?
When you arrive in Tel Aviv, you will be greeted with a warm “Shalom!” by a Destination Israel representative at your apartment. You will be given an orientation, house rules, and a set of keys to your new home. Your first week in Tel Aviv will be spent in orientation sessions, meeting your Tel Aviv team, fellow participants, learning more about the program, and taking a tour of the city.
I am not Jewish, can I still participate in this program?
Yes, definitely! Although the majority of our participants are Jewish, it is not a requirement of the Tel Aviv Internship Experience program. We have a large number of people from all over the world who come to get valuable internship experience, as well as to learn what the real Israeli lifestyle is all about!
Who can do a Masa program?
To be eligible for a Masa Israel grant, you must: Be Jewish. Be a graduate of a secondary school and/or between the ages of 18 to 35. Have not been on an organized post-high school program (including an academic program) of more than four months in Israel since September 2004.
What is Masa internship?
Masa Internship places Jewish college students/graduates and young professionals in a large variety of highly-coveted, exclusive internships with leading Israeli companies and government organizations. Masa interns live in Israel for 4 – 5 months and gain valuable interning experience that's directly relevant to their industry.
How do I get a grant from Masa Israel?
After verifying your eligibility to participate in Masa (click here https://www.masaisrael.org/grants/policy), apply to your preferred program via Masa's website. You will then receive a username and password to your personal portal where you can check your funding status, contact Masa and catch up on Masa events and updates. **Please note, you can apply for additional funding by checking out our list of Jewish scholarships for programs in Israel.
How much financial assistance does Masa Israel provide?
All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants. Some countries can also apply for needs-based scholarships. The amount available and type of financial support you receive depends on your country of origin, your age and the program you attend. Visit our Grants and Scholarships page for eligibility criteria and for information about what you’ll need to apply https://www.masaisrael.org/grants-scholarships **Please note, you can apply for additional funding by checking out our list of Jewish scholarships for programs in Israel.
Where will I be living during the Tel Aviv internship program?
Destination Israel maintains apartments in various locations throughout Tel Aviv. These are real apartments in buildings where Israelis live. All of our apartments are near trendy, fun spots and nothing in Tel Aviv is far from the beaches along the Mediterranean Sea.
Who will I be living with?
You will share your apartment with other participants on your program. Our apartments typically have a large common area with several adjoining bedrooms. You can choose your housing preferences to match your living standards.
What is included in the apartment?
The apartments are furnished, along with bathroom, shower, air conditioning, a kitchen area, and WiFi internet service. Bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets) are not included withour apartments. You will be required to supply your own bedding (either bringit with you, or plan for a trip to the store/market soon after your arrival).
Will my Tel Aviv internship be decided for me before I arrive?
Destination Israel takes your internship very seriously. Our placement process typically begins 3 months before your session starts. You are involved in the entire process, from beginning to end, to help ensure you receive the internship that best matches your goals. The majority of our participants know where they will be interning before they leave their home countries.
Will the Tel Aviv internship be conducted in English?
Because Hebrew is a minority language in the world and our participants come from many different countries, we do not have a Hebrew knowledge requirement for our participants. Our programs are designed to take place in English, and everyone (no matter from which country they come) must have a high level of English language competency in order to be accepted on the program. You will definitely learn some great Hebrew while you are living inTel Aviv, and whether you are coming as a complete beginner or already fluent in Hebrew, we encourage you to use it for an enhanced experience in Israel.
05. Program Features
What are the Enrichment Activities?
You will get together with the other participants on your program once a week for an enrichment activity. As the name suggests, these activities are all designed to enrich your knowledge of Israeli society.Enrichments deal with subjects relating to Israeli culture, minority groups, history, politics, current events, and holidays.
Where will we be going on the trips?
As part of this program, you will go on organized trips around the country. This enables you to see other parts of Israel, see how people live in areas outside of Tel Aviv, and gives you the chance to spend time with your fellow participants. We typically take you on trips to the northern and southern parts of Israel, to Jerusalem, Haifa, the Dead Sea and other beautiful, fun places.
Will we meet people on the other programs?
Yes, definitely! Destination Israel has many programs operating in the country at the same time. You will have many opportunities to meet people from our various programs and form friendships that will last your life time.
Will there be supervision on the program?
Yes, absolutely! We consider you as an adult on this program, and you will have a great deal of free time. That being said,Destination Israel considers you as part of our family, and you will have a strong support system from every member of our team. Your local program coordinators will supply you with all of their contact information, as well as what you should do in case of an emergency.
Do I need a visa to do an internship in Israel?
Yes, each Masa participant is required to hold an A/2 Student Visa. Once you signed up to a program, our staff will instruct you how to apply for the Student Visa in your local Israeli consulate.
Can I stay in Israel longer after my program?
Yes! Every Masa participant is eligible for a 6 months B/1 Work Visa after successfully finishing their program. Another option is to extend your stay with a second program whilst being able to legally work in Israel.
Can I open a bank account in Israel?
Yes, once you acquire the A/2 Student Visa, you will be able to open an Israeli bank account. We recommend Bank Hapoalim and Bank Discount in Tel Aviv. For this process you will need two types of identifications (i.e Passport and Driving licence). For U.S applicants, the bank may require you to present your SSN.