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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"IGF internship program has been the most challenging, adventurous, and mind-opening 10 months of my life. From our travels in Israel, seminar days, working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and most of all being alongside everyone that is a part of IGF. This is an experience I will remember forever. American writer, Frank Herbert once said that “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story”, my story here as part of IGF may be ending however it has allowed me to start my new story with courage." - Jacob Mahgerefteh, current Fellow at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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“It is incredible how time flies. I still remember my first day getting lost in the Ministry. I am overwhelmed from all the wonderful experiences I had this year. I am thankful for the professional experience I got being a Fellow and for the beautiful people I met. It is going to be hard to leave this amazing country." - Leila Cohen Sabban, current Fellow at the Ministry of Economy.
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The Prime Minister congratulates Israel Government Fellows' 10th Session:
Dear Begin Center management, program management, Fellows, friends.
Over the past 10 years, participants of the prestigious Israel Government Fellows program have been walking the bridge that connects the State of Israel and world Jewry. This program operates with the support of the Cabinet Secretary and in partnership with Masa, a project of the Jewish Agency and the Government of Israel.
These coming days, the 10th Session is reaching its conclusion. Through the program, young Jews from around the world are able to intern in government ministries. They are exposed to the diverse work of the Israeli establishment, meeting with high-ranking officials and policy makers, learning from the work and research of academics in a range of fields and not least- get to know up close, Israel's population; its landscape; its culture and its many achievements.
Past years have shown that many of the program's alumni – after returning to their home countries – serve as committed ambassadors of ours. Their time living in Israel strengthens their Jewish-Zionist identity and instills in them national pride. They enhance their involvement in the state and the lives of its people, and their participation in this revival of our historic homeland.
The Fellows have proven leadership potential and many of them will in time reach leadership roles in their communities. I have no doubt that their positive experiences here will contribute to Israel's image and standing in diverse circles.
I congratulate the new Israel Government Fellows and wish them success in all that they set their mind to. My deepest gratitude to the program's founders and directors for their contribution to deepening the bond between world Jewry and the State of Israel.
With regards,
Benjamin Netanyahu
The Prime Minister of Israel
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“Bittersweet day here for the IGF cohort as we had our final trip of the year. It’s hard to believe that just 10 months ago, we all walked in to the beautiful Begin Center in the fanciest clothing we owned and met one another for the first time. Since then, we became a cohesive group, grew both professionally and personally, and experienced Israel and came away with unforgettable experiences. Thank you to our amazing staff for your support, help, and love.” - Roni Zemelman, current Fellow at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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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 –

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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 –