This Week: 5 Hottest Internships

1. Ruder Finn
PR Coordinator: Work with the firm’s executives on landing mutlifaceted clients in international media.
*Creativity is a must. Great computer skills are a plus.

2. Radvision
Marketing and Communications Coordinator: Work with multiple teams to develop, implement and maintain marketing activities for top visual communication technology company.
*Strong writing skills are a must. Great team player is a plus.

3. Flash90
Photographer at News AgencyTake the shots that make the news.
*Ability to multitask is a must. Some Hebrew knowledge is a plus.

4. Israel Sports Radio
Producer and Broadcaster: Edit and produce a radio show that covers the daily triumphs and failings of professional Israeli teams.
*A love of sports is a must. Interest in social media is a plus.

5. Hinuch L’Psagot (College for All)Tutor disadvantaged Israeli youth in English at an after-school program that makes higher education a reachable goal for all.
*Passion for education is a must. Hebrew conversational skills are a plus.

This Week: 5 Hottest Internships

1. Rimon Design House
PR Coordinator: Connect with fashion writers and bloggers worldwide to let them know about this new international fashion distribution agency.
*Self-motivation is a must. Background in PR, and of course, fashion is a plus.

2. Brayola
Web developer: Work closely with the CEO and R&D Team to enhance the site that makes it possible for women to find their perfect bra without leaving their computer.
*Strong knowledge of UI/UX, JavaScript, CSS, HTML/5, jQuery, AJAX is a must. Knowing Zend framework and Unix is a plus.

3. Society for Preservation of Israel Sites
Marketing Coordinator: Prepare marketing material for the organization that literally helps preserves Israel’s history.
*Amazing writing skills are a must.  A background in communications or history is a plus.

4. Tel Aviv University: Departments of Migration Studies and Conflict Resolution
Academic Seminar Coordinator. Invite the movers and shakers in these fields as guest speakers. Help plan innovative curriculum.
*Outgoing personality is a must. A background in social sciences or international relations are a plus.

5. Atlas Hotels Israel
Social Media Account Coordinator: Create and manage unique content for a top international hotel chain.
*Background in marketing is a must. Knowledge and understanding of Social Media techniques is a plus

Haaretz calls Career Israel “best known” internship placement company in Israel!

In Haaretz’s weekend edition, the article, “Interns are the new kibbutnikim” focuses on internship companies, including Career Israel, who help recent college grads nab top-notch internships in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

We are so excited that the journalist featured three of our superstar alumni who not only got great internships but were also asked to stay on.  Below is an excerpt from the article:

For thousands of college graduates who still haven’t found their dream job, or any job for that matter, professional internships in Israel are becoming the option of choice. The opportunity to gain hands-on job experience is particularly beckoning to young Americans, who’ve discovered in recent years that a college degree is no longer a guaranteed ticket to gainful employment.

“Thirty years ago, these kids would come to Israel to milk cows on a kibbutz. Now they’re coming to work in high-tech companies in Tel Aviv,” says Avi Rubel, the executive director of Masa North America, which runs many of these internship programs. Masa is a joint venture of the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency.

Yet another interesting twist is that if in the past young Israelis would go to America to gain experience that would make them more attractive job candidates back home, today it is the Americans who are coming to Israel for that very same reason.

“Israel is known around the world as ‘start-up nation,’ and these college graduates want to boost their resumes, so having work experience in Israel gives them an edge, and it’s certainly a better option than working as a barista at Starbucks,” says Rubel.

Read more here.

Career Israel Love Story: Jonathan and Jennifer

ImageWhy the French language can be useful sometimes…How we met!

 
It all began two years ago, when Jennifer spent time in Israel as an intern with the Career Israel program. The program took all the participants to a weekend seminar at Ein Gedi (by the Dead Sea) in order to facilitate discussions with Israeli university students. Yoni happened to be one of the participating Israelis. When Jen heard Yoni speaking in French, she got very excited to find someone with whom she could speak in French and said: “Salut, je m’appelle Jenny et moi aussi je parle francais!” They began talking, continued until 4 am that morning, and haven’t stopped since…
 

Exploring the Israeli-American relationship on the academic and personal level

When Jen had to leave Israel to begin her masters in International Relations, she and Yoni decided to do everything to make their relationship succeed long-distance, while planning how to be in the same location in the future. This resulted in lots of long-distance flights (Mark, you are our hero!), a very full passport, and hours and hours on the phone…

 

We did it!

 
After one year and nine months together, spending lots of time in both Israel and the States, Jen was in Israel during her winter break from school. She flew to Tunisia for a school research project, and Yoni spent the week she was away looking for something special… When she came back, they had a full 24 hours together before Jen had to again return to DC to complete her last semester. They decided to go to all their favorite places in Tel Aviv. So after eating Yemenite soup in Kerem haTeimanim, they took a walk on the beach. It was cold and rainy, but Yoni wanted to keep walking and walking and walking…. Finally, he told her he had a “1 year and nine month anniversary present,” and said many other beautiful things that both of us no longer remember, but most importantly, he ended with offering her a ring!

How Career Israel impacted my career- going to Medical School

This post is by Livnat Blum, alumna of the Career Israel Internship Program. Graduate of  the University of Rochester ( BA in Religion and Biology).  Livnat’s internship in Tel Aviv in the medical field was with Save a Child’s Heart.  

I graduated from college wanting to experience something different, to have a little adventure and give back to a needing community. I applied to the Peace Corps, but I realized that I could do all of that as well experienceIsraelthrough a MASA program: The Career Israel Internship Program.

Livnat and Negin in the Negev!

I chose to participate in Career Israel because of the flexibility it offered – I could use their help when I needed it (housing, internships, etc), but be on my own when I wanted. Although I was born inIsrael, experiencing the country with other Jews my own age from around the world was incredible. Many of the fellow participants are now my closest friends. I can honestly say that I took advantage of every moment and really integrated into Israeli life.

Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), my internship placement, was an amazing place to learn about the nonprofit world as well get the chance to interact with the children receiving life saving surgeries. When I came on Career Israel I planned to pursue an MA in Public Health.  Ultimately, during this internship I realized that I wanted to be more directly involved in healthcare and re-inspired me to pursue a career as a clinician.  Being truly touched by the mission of the organization, I continued to be involved once I returned back to theUS. Along with another past volunteer, I started a Boston SACH chapter to help spread the mission of the organization.

Religion & State in Israel

This post is by Tal Harari, participant on the Career Israel Internship Program. Graduate of  the UC Santa Cruz ( BA in History of Art and Visual Culture).  Tal’s internship in Tel Aviv in with the Arts on the city level.  

There are many reasons that this country was established in 1948. A reason I hold dear to me is that the Jewish nation, race, religion (or however you’d prefer to call it) has had to flee, hide and disperse around the globe for thousands of years; Israel is the one place where all Jews are finally welcome to come and settle. As a daughter to Israeli parents, I have never felt an inkling of doubt in my belonging to this country. One’s level of religiosity or familiarity with Israeli culture should never impede one’s sense of place in Israel. Our “Religion and State Seminar” in Jerusalem exposed me to the complexity of the power struggle and issues facing society. We listened to speakers who hold stand all over the spectrum of beliefs and policy. This provoked me to evaluate my opinions and thoughts on this topic. Jessica, a double-convert to Judaism, was our opening lecturer, followed by a discussion with Yehoshua Weinberger, an American who now lives in Mea Shearim (very observant community). From this conversation I learned how much power the Rabbinate has in state law. For example, the rabbinate will not recognize someone as Jewish if he or she was not born to a Jewish mother, or converted to Judaism outside of the Orthodox tradition which is now the standard in Israel. This alienates those individuals who arrive in Israel expecting to be welcomed with open arms. I’m disappointed to learn these shortfalls of the separation between religion and state here, because I have so much pride in Israel and have returned to America every summer promoting it as a home for everyone. Yet I have hope in the changes that some people are fighting for. For example, although her views were also extreme, I was refreshed to hear Anat Hoffman’s views. This social activist shed light on the progressive efforts going on in Israel which are fighting to alter the limitations the Rabbinate puts on secular life. Hoffman’s lecture served as indication of the range of beliefs held by the Israeli community. As head of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), she established the Women of the Wall campaign to allow women to pray at the Kotel, and leads “Freedom Rides” to desegregate men and women on buses in Jerusalem. The tenacity with which she leads these campaigns was clearly reflected in her dynamic discussion with us. We must keep in mind that this country is 64 years young, thus is dynamic and constantly changing. I think that these changes will continue to be scrutinized as both progressions and regressions. Despite the unfortunate power struggle between state and religion Israel has, in my opinion, made strides to improve itself over the past few years. One of my hopes is that it will change the qualifications for what defines you as a Jew, because turning away someone who considers this part of their identity is certainly a regression. Conversely I hope that anyone who comes here can look past the very religious laws that put technical limitations on identity and simply try to connect with the people around them, who are the true pedometers of the state of Israel.

Holiday Season Continues in Israel

This post is by Sarah Padway, participant on the Career Israel Internship Program. Graduate of  the University  of Wisconsin ( BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and History).  Sarah’s internship in Tel Aviv is in government and politics.  

The week following Yom HaShoah, we celebrated two of the most opposite holidays back to back, Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). We began on Tuesday with a tour of Yad Vashem andMt.Herzlwith Career Israel. This was my first time visiting Yad Vashem, and it was an experience. Even the layout of the museum pays tribute to victims. The museum is laid out so that it is impossible to go straight through, because, like in the Holocaust, there was no easy way out.

The most moving exhibit that I went through was the Children’s Memorial. It is completely dark, except 5 candles that are reflected off of thousands of mirrors, so it seems like hundreds of candles, representing the children’s universes that were lost far too soon. We then walked up toMt. Herzl,Israel’sNationalCemetery. The walk up to the cemetery symbolizes the rise from the Holocaust to the creation of the Jewish State.Mt.Herzlis home to members of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) who fall in service, as well as prominent Israeli, Jewish and Zionist leaders. As we were walking through the cemetery, it struck me that because all Israelis serve in the IDF, it is likely that every citizen knows someone who is buried atMt.Herzl. The cemetery is absolutely gorgeous, and pays a beautiful tribute to every person who died fighting forIsrael.

Career Israel internship program participants on Yom HaZikaron (Photo by Oriel Kempner)

Since Tuesday evening marked the beginning of Yom HaZikaron, we went to a MASA Remembrance event in Latrun that evening. The event included stories of a few fallen soldiers and terror victims, as well as songs and writings by both the victims and members of their families. The program was a lot to take in after an already heavy day, but it is important to take the time to remember those lost in battle and terror attacks. I felt an incredible connection to the soldiers and their families. There was another moment of silence on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. This time, I was in the shuk with Oriel. The shuk is a boisterous place, and at 11 a.m., the entire market went silent and still. Then, similar to Yom HaShoah, once the siren stopped, business continued.

Then, around sundown, the transformation happened signaling the beginning of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. We went to Kikar Rabin, where there was a live band, fireworks, and everyone dancing in the street to celebrateIsrael’s birthday, the whole country became a huge party. Putting the two holidays back-to-back emphasizes the fact that the reasonIsraelexists is because of those who sacrificed their lives to defend the country, a very beautiful tradition.

Career Israel internship program participants on Yom Haatzmaut (photo by Nina Baker)

At this point, you’re probably thinking, does she ever go to work? I do, I swear! After a weekend of celebrating, it was back to work on Sunday morning. When I got to work, I was told not to unpack anything because we were heading straight to a meeting about using new media effectively. There were about 30 members of different branches of the Israeli government, and we were meeting with senior communications advisors for theU.S.government. So, on the other side of the world, I was sitting across the table from a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton, the White House director of new media, and new media advisors for other sectors of the government! It was interesting to hear why the government uses certain strategies and new media tools as opposed to others.

The past two weeks have been an incredible mix of experiences. I know these holidays will never simply be regular holidays, marked on the calendar, ever again. But for now, it’s back to work, for a few days at least!

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