Israel Government Fellows (IGF) is an elite Masa Israel program endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and The Menachem Begin Heritage Center.
IGF offers outstanding and highly motivated young university graduates an experience at the heart of the Israeli government, combining internships in government ministries and related organizations with educational seminars, Hebrew language studies and trips around the country. The program is 10 months long and is available for candidates aged 21-30. Every year we accept the best and the brightest from around the world, from different backgrounds and with diverse opinions and outlooks, helping them to develop themselves professionally, to explore Israel’s politics and people, and to fulfill their potential as Jewish leaders of the future.

What We Do

Our Internships

Career development in government ministries and influential think tanks

Israel In Depth

The opportunity to meet and learn from public figures and experts in the field on every aspect of Israeli politics, policy and society

Hebrew Studies

Studying Hebrew with an emphasis on conversation, getting you speaking like a native as quickly as possible!

Exploring The Land

Traveling around Israel, getting to know the north, south, east and west of the country – meeting the people who make a difference along the way.

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Video Presentation

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Continuing our discussions about the wider Middler East, our Fellows today heard from historians, political scientists and nuclear energy experts about Iran and its nuclear program, and Israel's burgeoning ties with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.
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"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work at the Taub Center, a leading independent, non-partisan, socio-economic research institute. The internship provides me the ability to enrich my understanding of life in Israel, as well as contribute to something I believe in and help make a real and lasting impact.
I am constantly surrounded by top-quality research conducted by the staff here and attending joint events with other experts, which provides an amazing opportunity to engage with, and learn about, the most pressing issues within Israel.
For example, this past Thursday the Taub Center hosted its Herbert M. Singer International Conference, with this year's theme being Innovations in Poverty Policy. The conference included panels and presentations by professors and experts from around the world, Member of Knesset Elie Elalouf (Kulanu), and other relevant participants." - Alex Tritell, current Fellow at the Taub Center
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Today a couple of our Fellows had the chance to sit in at the special post-election session of the Knesset's Israel - US Relations Caucus. The event featured speeches by countless MKs, as well as by the President of the Anti Defamation League and delegates from the Missouri House of Representatives, making their voices heard with regards to the future of the special relationship and American Jewry. ... See MoreSee Less

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"For a long time now, I have wanted to spend an extended amount of time in Israel. I thought I could spend a year in Israel before college, but I pushed it off. As graduation from the University of Florida approached (May 2014), I contemplated leaving for Israel. Instead, I ended up taking a job in Florida. After working for AIPAC for 2 years, I decided the time was finally right to take a leap and come do the IGF program.

As cliche as it sounds, these past few months have assured me that I made the correct decision. Everything feels right. From living in Jerusalem, to interning at the Joint Distribution Committee, to learning a variety of subjects about Israel at the Begin Center... I feel at home.

The more I learn and experience, the more complicated everything becomes. I know that does not sound reassuring, but to live in Jerusalem and learn about the issues on the ground makes things more real. I went to a Jewish Day School for my entire life, and my views on Israel were one dimensional. Now, I am beginning to appreciate Israel in a whole other light.

I feel so fortunate that I pushed myself to finally come and live for an extended amount of time in Israel. I am so excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer, and I have no doubt that the longer I stay the more at home I will feel." – Sami Klazkin, current Fellow at Joint Distribution Committee.
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So excited to open our applications for IGF's 12th Session!
The Israel Government Fellows Program offers outstanding Jewish university graduates a high level professional experience in the Israeli government, supplemented by weekly educational seminars exploring Israel’s challenges and complexities. Find out more at:
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Alumni Testimonials

"I sought IGF with the primary intention of furthering myself professionally. And while it certainly paid professional dividends upon my return to the U.S., IGF's greatest impact on me was unquestionably personal. Those ten months were filled with one adventure after the next, each one unique, and each one giving me a far greater sense of what it was that inspired and motivated me. IGF is unlike any other program offered, providing insights, experiences, and connections with Israel that you can't possibly get anywhere else in 10 months"

Jordan Barpal ,USA-8th session, Department of Global Debt Capital Markets and Foreign Currency Transactions, Ministry of Finance

"IGF is for people who like to be challenged, want to think critically, and feel the need to constantly learn. The program gave me the experience and the contacts to dramatically shift my professional path and helped me create more informed opinions on a number of issues facing Israelis and the wider international community."

Carly Olenick – USA, 9th Session, Department of International Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs and Services

Who we work with

Ministry of tourism– Ministry of tourism –

REUT intitute– REUT intitute –

Ministry Of Social Affairs And Social Services

– Ministry Of Social Affairs And Social Services –


NGO monitor

– NGO monitor –

Welfare Ministry– Welfare Ministry –

Ministry Of Justice

– Ministry Of Justice –

Ministry of Enviornmental Protection

– Ministry of Environmental Protection –

Ministry Of Economy

– Ministry Of Economy –

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

– Ministry of Foreign Affairs –

Ministry of Finance– Ministry of Finance –

Ministry Of Science & Technology– Ministry Of Science & Technology –

Shalom Hartman Institute– Shalom Hartman Institute –

Israeli Industry Center For R&D

– Israeli Industry Center For R&D –

Ministry Of Health– Ministry Of Health –


Israel Securities Authority

– Israel Securities Authority –


Israel Patent Office

– Israel Patent Office –

Institute For Leadership and Governance

– Institute For Leadership and Governance –

Ministry of Public Security– Ministry of Public Security –