WUJS Israel
post-college Israel programs

WUJS Intern Jerusalem

Program Overview

WUJS Intern Jerusalem 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. Jerusalem is the most special and unique city in the world rich with over 2000 years of history on your doorstep and today a mix of cultures, aromas, languages and religions. Participants will live in apartments close to the trendy area of Emek Refaim and intern in almost any area of industry and commerce, public and private sector, art and culture, hi-tech, politics, medicine and much more. This is a great opportunity for you to enhance your resume and live as an independent Israeli all within a warm yet dynamic environment and supported by professional and experienced staff.

Typical Week for WUJS Intern Jerusalem









Internship Placement

Internship Placement

Hebrew activity followed by WUJS group meeting

Internship Placement

Meeting with mentor (every other week)

Free Weekend – why not go on a camping trip with friends to the Golan Heights

Free Weekend – why not have a cultural weekend visiting Jerusalem 'off the beaten track'


Siyur (field trip) may run until late


Free evening

Hebrew Ulpan

Judaism 101

Free Evening

The Internship
Prior to your arrival an Israel, a member of the WUJS staff will be in contact with you to discuss your areas of interests and your CV/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.

Beyond the Internship

Hebrew Ulpan
The Hebrew Ulpan classes on the WUJS program in Jerusalem are run by the Hebrew Department of Young Judaea Israel Programs. During the five month program, the studies are broken up into four parts:
1. 3-week intensive ulpan during first month 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. 1-week intensive ulpan during the third month of the program.
3. 1-week intensive ulpan during the fifth month of the program.
4. Short Hebrew activity every Tuesday morning throughout the entire program (apart from intensive weeks).

Key Issues in Israel Seminars
During the first month of the program, in addition to the 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.

Judaism 101
Example of class on the course:
Why do Jews Pray? Prayer is Tough
The concept of Tefilla (Prayer) in Judaism is vastly more complex than simply asking God to fulfill our needs.    For these two sessions we will be diving into the world of Jewish Prayer.  We will answer the questions 'Does God really need MY prayers?', 'What if I think praying is boring?', 'I don't even understand the prescribed prayers when I read them in English, so why do it at all?', 'I'm not even sure I believe in God, so why pray?', and  'Going to Synagogue makes me nervous, can't I just pray on my own?'

We will look into the Siddur (prayer book) and see what the rhythm of some of the services is.  Also, we will travel through the Amida, which is the central Jewish prayer, and see the three elements that are considered integral to the act of praying.  In addition, we will look at the various categories of Brachot (blessings) and see that there is a comprehensive system of blessings for almost every occasion imaginable.   By the end of our time together we will understand that, in its ideal form, prayer is really a constant ongoing process of self transformation.


Siyurim and Tiyulim
One of the highlights of the WUJS program is the field trips that take place every Tuesday. 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 Jerusalem or beyond and into the country at large. Previous field trips have included: The Old City of Jerusalem, Yemin Moshe and Rechavia, Neot Kedumim, Neve Tzedek in Tel-Aviv, Sderot, Yad Vashem, Rosh Haayin, Kibbutz Metzer and many, many more.

In addition there are three hikes that take place during the course of the program. One in the North of the country, one in the Judaean Desert and the Dead Sea and one in the Arava that is situated in the South of the country and involves a Shabbat experience at Kibbutz Ketura. The tiyulim to the North of the country and the Arava are overnight.

Participants on the WUJS Intern Jerusalem program are required to intern 25-30 hours a week.  In addition participants have the option of taking a Hebrew language ulpan and a weekly educational day-trip.  Finally participants are free to take advantage of all the other evening options made available by the WUJS staff.

Jewish Experience
One of the greatest advantages of spending six months in Israel is the opportunity to experience Judaism.  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 your space to express your Judaism in your way. 

Israel Experience
Beyond the internship placement participants on the WUJS Intern Jerusalem program will have the option of participating in a variety of informal educational and cultural activities that primarily take place in the evenings. These may include: Israeli film night, going to an international soccer match, visiting a new bar on Emek Refaim, going to a political rally, meeting an environmental lobby, going to a concert and much more. In addition, during free time, participants can enjoy all the wonderful cultural and social opportunities that Jerusalem has to offer.

Adopted Families
The WUJS Intern Jerusalem program can arrange for students to be "adopted" by a local family. 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 Jerusalem 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.

The 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 group Shabbatot weekends over the course of the program in Jerusalem. 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 the WUJS Intern Jerusalem program receive accommodation in apartments within the city of Jerusalem.  In most cases four participants live per apartment (two people per bedroom). The area provides easy access to all of Jerusalems highlights including restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, theaters and more.  Each apartment is equipped with beds, closets, sofas, table and chairs.  In addition the kitchen is supplied with a microwave oven, electric stove, refrigerator, and all necessary cooking utensils.

Getting Around the City
As anyone who lives in Jerusalem 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 freely using the vast public transportation system.

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WUJS Israel Programs

To be eligible for the WUJS Intern Jerusalem program, prospective students should be:

  • Jewish
  • Between the ages of 21-35
  • Single, or married without children

Program Dates
The WUJS Israel Hadassah program runs twice a year and each session lasts for five months.
Upcoming Sessions:

  • September 12th 2011 – February 12th 2012
  • March 12th 2012 – August 12th 2012

Program Cost
The cost of the WUJS Intern Jerusalem track for September 2011 is $7,600 prior to the MASA automatic grant. WUJS Payment Schedule and Refund Policy
WUJS Israel Hadassah is recognized by MASA. As such, all participants are eligible to apply for MASA funding.

Apply now to secure your place on WUJS Israel

Staying in Israel
Over the last 40 years almost one third of all WUJS participants have remained in Israel after the program and made Aliyah. Should this be the path that any of our participants are following, the WUJS program will do their utmost to help facilitate that process. As part of the Young Judaea and FZY network in Israel, WUJS participants can enjoy the benefit of meeting our in house Aliyah counselor who can advise on immigrant rights, future employment, housing, education and more.