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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Chag Atzmaut Sameach to our fellows, alumni and friends!

Happy 70th, Israel - to many many more! 🎆🇮🇱7️⃣0️⃣
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On the eve of Israel's 70th independence day, we stand in silence. We remember the 23,645 fallen Israeli soldiers, and the 3,134 victims of terror, who are no longer with us today. Who have left gaping holes and broken hearts in their wake. We stand with the families who have sacrificed their fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters and children, in the struggle for Israel's revival, security and peace.

Forever in our minds and hearts.

Masa Israel Journey
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"During my Jewish education growing up, the Shoah seemed a distant event, both chronologically and geographically. It was 75 years ago, the better part of a century, in countries an ocean and a half away. How could I, growing up in suburban New Jersey with established and vibrant Jewish communities all around me, possibly empathize or feel connected to this?

Now that I'm here in Israel, those events suddenly feel a lot closer. It's very telling that a significant tradition on this day is to hear from survivors - people for whom these events were not history in some far-off place, but their actual lived experience. While not the impetus for the state of Israel, many agree that the Shoah accelerated and legitimized its development in the eyes of other nations. Even decades from now when there are no survivors left, these events will continue to be etched in the soul of this country. And now that I was not only exposed to the Shoah as history, but have experienced the reverberations into the present day, I feel it becoming a part of my soul as well."

- Jeremy Pesner, IGF Session 12
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"If you had told me five years ago that I would be working in the cyber-security office in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would probably would have thought you were messing with me. Neither Israel, nor my Jewish identity, was on my list of things that I found interesting. However, after stumbling upon the work of Jewish philosopher Martin Buber in a literature class, I experienced a near-sudden renaissance in Jewish identity, and therefore, an interest in what Israel was all about.

While history textbooks, theories of war and peace, poetry and prayer, can approximate and suggest what Israel is, I have to admit that there is still no substitute for the real experience. IGF has given me a tremendous opportunity to experience everything Israel has to offer, ranging from an in-depth history from the actual stakeholders, to challenges and limitations to peace from activists on the ground, to perspectives from both Muslims and Jews living together, and even to my own opera and musical productions! (Check out my music portfolio at Andrew-seligson.com)

In addition, I have had an incredible opportunity to build on an experience I had working at the United Nations for the Mission of Israel last year. After spending most of my time at the Security Council, as well as negotiations over peacekeeping missions and mandates across the UN system, I quickly learned that cyber-security was the next frontier in just about every significant enterprise. As a result, I chose to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Cyber Security Department. This experience has been a renaissance for me in itself in understanding modern themes and topics in national security

More so than anything else, the IGF program has given me the opportunity to grow and push myself beyond my previous limits. The staff here, our supervisors and mentors, really have a stake in us being the best we can be, day in, and day out. I feel truly lucky that the ties of the Jewish people are strong enough to offer these sorts of opportunities and to invest in the next generation of Jewish leaders."
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This week we met with Max, Suzanne & Saul Singer, who founded The Alex Singer Project for Jewish and Zionist education. Alex Singer served in the IDF as a Lone Soldier, and was killed in Lebanon in 1987. He left a vast legacy of deep thought on many topics, and of commitment to leading a life rich with meaning and contribution. This legacy was preserved in his journals, artwork and the hundred of letters he wrote to friends and family.

We were very grateful to hear the Singers' story of Zionism, connection and growth, and look forward to further examining these ideas and others through Alex's story.
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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 –