“The most important and memorable experience for me on the program was my internship, which allowed me to develop skills I would later need in my career“

Jacob Ross, USA – 7th Session

 

The heart of the IGF program is the fellowship experience in the Israeli government and in related organizations. Fellows are placed in serious positions of genuine responsibility, where they are placed based on their skills, preferences and interests, as well as their relevance to the various positions.

Fellows will managed and guided by their mentors, who are unit, department, or division directors. Fellows will also be mentored by the program deputy director, who is in contact with both Fellows and their mentors. Both will be working together with the Fellows to ensure a fulfilling, professionally challenging and rewarding fellowship experience.

Fellowship Placement Process

After being accepted to the program and approximately two months prior to the start of the session, each Fellow is given a wide list of the possible internship options. Following a one on one discussion with the program staff, each Fellow will choose their top five placements from the list. Their resumes and general details are then sent to the relevant mentors for their consideration. In conjunction with the preferences of the Fellows and the mentors, the program staff finalizes the placements for each Fellow. This process is arranged to ensure the most suitable allocation of placements, to meet both the interests of the Fellows and the needs and requirements of each ministry and department.

Examples of past internship placements

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – MASHAV – Israel’s National Agency for International Development Cooperation

MASHAV is responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring Israel’s international development assistance program. Programs are implemented in Israel and throughout the developing world.

Position: Desk Officer, Research & Support for International Development Issues

Internship Description:

  • Conducting research and analysis of the latest developments and trends in international development policy, discourse and practice.
  • Assisting the Director of Policy Planning and External Relations in strengthening the Israeli involvement with the OECD.
  • Preparation of briefings for specific meetings or visits overseas.
  • Provision of written material for statements and speeches.
  • Taking minutes of meetings.
Ministry of Environmental Protection – Department of International Relations

The Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is charged with responsibility for cooperation with both international organizations and representatives of states as part of Israel’s global environmental involvement and with an eye to the promotion of Israel’s domestic environmental agenda.

Position: International Affairs Assistant

Internship Description: This experience will bring you in contact with the varied work of the MoEP and its extensive overseas contacts. You will become familiar with global environmental instruments and international organizations and their impacts on Israeli domestic environmental policy.

Ministry of Public Security – Information Services Department

The department forms policy and plans strategy on a national level, in the field of public security.

This information unit gathers, analyzes and disseminates information from the professional literature on law enforcement; responds to requests for strategic and ad hoc information services; commissions state-of-the-art surveys on subjects of interest to the Ministry; publishes a regular informational booklet in Hebrew and an annual journal on innovations (Innovations Exchange) in English.

Position: Information Analyst and Content Writer

Internship Description: The Fellow will assist in writing position papers on global homeland security, researching criminal justice and policing in foreign countries, writing official documents to professional counterparts abroad, writing materials for the department’s publication – Innovation Exchange, and helping to manage the Ministry’s English-language website and social media channels in English.

Ministry of Finance – Economic and Research Department

The Economics and Research Department analyzes information on economic developments in Israel and abroad and presents its policy assessments to the Finance Minister. The department is responsible for modeling and forecasting the macroeconomic indicators that are used in budget calculations, and regular reports on the Israeli economy. The department’s data and reports are directly used in the formulation of Israel’s economic policy.

Position: Research Assistant / Junior Economist

Internship Description: The Fellow will be responsible for preparing reports and presentations on economic developments, researching policy related issues based on international comparisons and economic literature. The Fellow will also be assigned to work independently on selected long term economic projects in accordance to the Ministry’s objectives and his/her personal interests.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Unit to Combat Delegitimization

To coordinate and lead the MFA’s efforts to combat Delegitimization of Israel. The unit is responsible for strategy development and resource-building, and coordination of counter-delegitimization efforts with existing departments, Israeli delegations abroad, other government ministries and key Jewish and other pro-Israeli organizations and individuals.

Position: Assistant to the Coordinator

Internship Description:

  • Develop written materials for distribution across key diplomatic and Israel advocacy networks
  • Assist in managing short-term and medium-term projects related to events, conferences, etc
  • Monitor key websites and maintain ongoing data base regarding global anti-Israel activity
  • Participate actively in coordinating the full array of local efforts around the world to combat delegitimization
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jewish Communities Department

The department deals with Jewish affairs, especially concerning cooperation with the big Jewish organizations, working with young Jewish leaders around the world and taking care of communities in danger. The department is organizing seminars for young Jewish leaders, and is preparing a proposal for a major global Tikun Olam project.

Position: Assistant for Jewish Affairs

Internship Description:

  • Project management
  • Planning events
  • Hosting delegations
  • Working with new media
  • Working on the Tikun Olam project
Ministry of Finance – Office of the Accountant General

The Global Debt Capital Markets and Foreign Currency Transactions Department is responsible for executing issues abroad (selecting target markets, timing of issues and volumes; locating underwriters and preparing legal and marketing materials), maintaining relationships with international credit rating agencies, monitoring global markets and studying new markets, handling additional matters related to the government’s foreign currency transactions.

Position: Assistant Director, Global Debt Capital Markets and Foreign Currency Transactions

Internship Description:

  • The Fellow will take part in the preparation for executing issues abroad.
  • The Fellow will take part in the hedging program of the Government of Israel (derivatives).
  • The Fellow will also take part in maintaining relationships with international credit rating agencies (Moody’s, S&P and Fitch), will provide them information regarding the Israeli market, will assist to arrange their annual visit in Israel and will join them during the visit.
  • Responsible for gathering information about the Israeli and the world economy.
  • The Fellow will serve as a liaison for the Ministry of Finance Representative Office in New York
Israel Antitrust Authority – Director General’s Office

The international affairs of the IAA involve bilateral cooperation with foreign competition agencies such as US FTC and DOJ, European Commission and UK OFT, as well as international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Competition Network (ICN).

Position: International Affairs Coodinator

Internship Description:

  • Draft reviews concerning Israeli antitrust for international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • Engage in International Competition Network (ICN) projects;
  • Issue press releases;
  • Compose annual reports, surveys and updates on IAA activities;
  • Conduct comparative research with respect to antitrust jurisprudence, foreign legislation and market studies;
  • Assist in enforcement and advocacy efforts of the IAA;
  • Correspond with foreign competition agencies and members of the international antitrust community
Ministry of Economy – Legal Advisor’s Office

The Legal Advisor’s Office gives legal guidance to the various departments in the Ministry.

Position: Assistant to the Legal Advisor in Charge of International Affairs

Internship Description: Most of the work includes comparative research related to the various projects and legal questions which arise concerning international trade agreements and other subjects in which the Ministry is involved such as labor rights, industry related environmental issues, and consumer protection.

The projects also cover translation work and assisting in the writing of legal opinions in the area of international trade law.

Ministry of Economy – Office of the Chief Scientist

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Economy, empowered by the Law for the Encouragement of Industrial Research & Development (R&D Law 1984), oversees all Government sponsored support of R&D for Israeli industry. This support stimulates the development of innovative state-of-the-art technologies, enhances the competitive power of industry in the hi-tech global market, creates employment opportunities and assists in redressing Israel’s balance of payments. In addition to its domestic activities, the OCS is involved in a myriad of bi- and multi-national industrial R&D agreements.

Internship Description:

  • Writing economic briefs
  • Helping to prepare and execute particular projects such as presentations, reports, speeches, essays etc.
  • Planning and designing of website pages
  • Helping to initiate new ideas, research.
Ministry of Justice – IMPA

Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority (IMPA) is responsible for assisting Israeli authorities in the investigation and prevention of money laundering and terror financing related offenses as part of the global effort to combat such crimes.

Anti-money laundering and terrorist financing is a rapidly developing field of strategic importance for governments around the world. As such, there is a constant need for thorough research on contemporary legal issues.

The fellowship position includes conducting comparative legal research, drafting legal memorandums, assisting IMPA in preparing its periodical reports for the international organizations, assisting in the preparation of legislative proposals and law amendments, drafting legal advice for a variety of governmental agencies with respect to money laundering and terrorist financing, preparing presentations and lectures, updating IMPA’s website and more.

NGO Monitor

The aim of NGO Monitor, as outlined in the mission statement, is to generate and distribute critical analysis and reports on the output of the international NGO community for the benefit of government policy makers, journalists, philanthropic organizations and the general public. We intend to publicize distortions of human rights issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict and provide information and context for the benefit of NGOs working in the Middle East. We hope this will lead to an informed public debate on the role of humanitarian NGOs.

NGO Monitor’s objective is to end the practice used by certain self-declared ‘humanitarian NGOs’ of exploiting the label ‘universal human rights values’ to promote politically and ideologically motivated agendas.

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/articles.php?type=about

Makom

Makom trains leaders and creates educational content to embrace the vibrant complexity of Israel: The People and the Place

Non-partisan yet passionate, our expert team offers a cutting-edge approach to rich, meaningful, experiential Israel education. We empower educators, rabbis, activists, arts and community leaders to articulate a compelling vision, and provide the tools to make it happen in practice. The content we create for leaders enables them to craft honest programming that sparks and forges Jewish commitment.

http://makomisrael.org/about/

The Reut Institute

Reut is an innovative policy group designed to provide real-time, long-term strategic decision-support to Israeli leaders and decision-makers.Reut, established in January 2004, is a non-partisan non-profit policy team based in Tel Aviv.Reut supplies its services pro-bono to people in positions of leadership, authority, and influence in Israel’s public sphere.Reut’s current focus areas are National Security and ISRAEL 15: Socio-Economics. In the future we plan to expand into content areas concerning the Jewish world and decision-making processes.

http://www.reut-institute.org/

The Shalom Hartman Institute –SHI

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Through our work, we are redefining the conversation about Judaism in modernity, religious pluralism, Israeli democracy, Israel and world Jewry, and the relationship with other faith communities.

http://www.hartman.org.il/