Tel-Aviv is one of the world's most exciting, cosmopolitan cities, full of restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, galleries, theater and more. WUJS Intern Tel-Aviv will give you the chance to live it to the full. By day, step into the thriving working environment. By night, step out and experience the best nightlife in the Middle East.
WUJS Intern Tel-Aviv is a program that gives you the opportunity to combine a professional internship in a field of your choice, with the additional benefits of a regular Ulpan (Hebrew language) Course, weekly field trips, overnight hikes, meetings with Israeli peers and a variety of fun and enriching activities.
Participants will live in apartments in fashionable South Tel-Aviv and intern in almost any area of industry and commerce, public and private sector, art and culture, hi-tech, politics and much more. This is a great opportunity for you to enhance your resume and live like an independent Israeli, all within a warm yet dynamic environment and supported by professional and experienced staff.
Please note that the first 2 weeks of the program will be dedicated to: orientation, intensive Ulpan, seminars and a field trip and will not include internship.
WUJS Internship Tel Aviv provides its interns with tailor made internships for career advancement and personal satisfaction. Prior to your arrival to Israel, a member of the WUJS staff will be in contact with you to discuss your areas of interest and resume. Following that, you will be presented with potential internship placements and asked to be in contact with each one individually, before making a final decision on your five month placement. Please note that acceptance to an internship is often dependent on your experience and qualifications. In addition, those who have a good command of the Hebrew language will have more options available to them. Participants on WUJS Intern Tel Aviv are required to intern 25-30 hours a week.
Tel Aviv Internship Opportunities
In Tel Aviv you can find internships in all areas. However, there are certain fields that are more pronounced than others and many of the most successful organizations in these fields are based in Tel Aviv. The following fields are popular in Tel Aviv:
Start-Ups: Israel is world-renowned for its start-up companies in any field - whether it be high-tech, environment, entertainment and media.
Finance – Israel's stock exchange is located in Tel Aviv and all the major financial firms - Israeli and international - are based in Tel Aviv.
Hi-Tech - Tel Aviv is all about high-tech and there is ample opportunity to find great internships in this field.
Arts and Culture - Tel Aviv is the cultural capital of Israel and has all the major art institutes.
Science and Medicine - Like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has some great science and medical institutions such as Tel Aviv University and Ichilov Hospital.
Museums - there are some very famous museums in Tel Aviv such as the Tel Aviv Art Museum and The Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot).
Past WUJS participants have all had wonderful internships in each of these fields and in many more!
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Beyond the Internship
The Hebrew Ulpan classes on WUJS Intern Tel Aviv are run by the Hebrew Department of Young Judaea Israel Programs. During the five month program, the studies are as follows:
1. One week intensive Ulpan during the second week of the program. This builds up a strong feeling of self-confidence in using Hebrew to communicate in Israel from the very beginning of the program.
2. Throughout the program, Ulpan two evenings per week.
Key Issues in Israel Seminars
During the first two weeks of the program, in addition to the intensive Hebrew Ulpan, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of educational seminars that tackle the key issues that any participant on a long-term program in Israel should consider. These may include such topics as: History of Israel, Overview of Israeli Political System, Religion and State, Understanding the Conflict, The People of Israel, Israeli Culture and more.
Siyurim and Tiyulim
One of the highlights of the WUJS program is the field trips that take place once a week. This is an opportunity to take a break from the week's routine and get out and about seeing Israel through your own eyes and feet. The field trips are based on a variety of topics and can take you to somewhere local in the city of Tel Aviv or beyond and into the country at large. Previous field trips have included: The Old City of Jerusalem, Binyamina Winery, Bahai Gardens, Ein Hod Artists Village, Neve Tzedek in Tel-Aviv, Sderot, Yad Vashem, security fence, food tasting at Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv and many, many more.
In addition there are two overnight trips that take place during the course of the program: One in the North of the country, one in the Negev – the south of Israel.
One of the greatest advantages of spending five months in Tel Aviv is the opportunity to experience Judaism from a unique perspective. Explore the options, feel the fervor, learn and encounter Judaism as you never have before. WUJS, as part Young Judaea/FZY Israel programs, is a Jewish pluralist program; whether you are Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist or non-affiliated, you will be given space to express your Judaism your way.
Beyond the classroom and the siyur (field trip), participants on WUJS Intern Tel Aviv have the option of participating in a variety in informal educational and cultural activities that primarily take place in the evenings. These may include meeting Israeli speakers, Israeli film night, going to an international soccer match, visiting a new bar on Rothschild Street, going to a political rally, meeting an environmental lobby, going to a concert or play and much more. In addition, during free time, participants can enjoy all the wonderful cultural and social opportunities that Tel Aviv has to offer.
The WUJS Israel program arranges for students to be "adopted" by a family in Tel Aviv or neighboring cities. This provides a home away from home and an opportunity to get to know an Israeli family. These families are often immigrants themselves from around the world. It can be a way of practicing Hebrew and discovering Tel Aviv from a different angle. While this is not a compulsory part of the program, experience has proven that life-long relationships can be formed between students and local families.
Weekends are often one of the highlights of the program, as participants have the time to get out and about exploring the country from north to south. All WUJS participants have the luxury of using our tiyul (hiking) consultant who will help you to plan your treks around Israel and even provide you with maps, tents and gas burners.
There are a number of Shabbatot (weekends) over the course of the program in Tel Aviv that we spend together as a group. Each Shabbat can be meaningful in its own way either due to a new and interesting encounter or simply because of the unique atmosphere that each Shabbat brings. Just be ready to be spiritually uplifted in some way.
All participants on WUJS Intern Tel-Aviv receive accommodation in apartments in Tel-Aviv. The apartments are situated in South Tel-Aviv near the trendy Florentine (Tel-Aviv's Soho) neighborhood, and a short ride away from Tel-Aviv's famous beach. The area provides easy access to all of Tel-Aviv's highlights including restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, theaters and more. In most cases four to six participants live per apartment (two people per bedroom).
Each apartment is equipped with beds, closets, sofas, table and chairs. In addition the kitchen is supplied with a toaster oven, electric stove, refrigerator, freezer and all necessary cooking utensils.
Please note that Israeli standard apartment might not be similar to what you are used to back home.
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Getting Around the City
As anyone who lives in Tel Aviv will tell you the most enjoyable way to get around the city is on foot. However, just in case, participants will also be provided with monthly bus passes that allow you to get around the city and the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area (known in Hebrew as Gush Dan) freely, using the vast public transportation system.