Israel Government Fellows (IGF) is an exclusive and selective program of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and operated in partnership with Masa Israel Journey. IGF seeks to strengthen the connection between the Jewish State and the Diaspora, and to promote global Jewish leadership.

The Fellows are placed in different internships within Israeli Government ministries, NGO’s, and leading policy/research organizations, where they are personally mentored and can use their skills to assist Israel’s policymakers. In addition to the internship, the program has a key educational component, including intensive Hebrew studies, tours in Israel and weekly seminar days in which they get to hear and meet leading figures such as Israeli officials, policymakers, journalists, activists and a wide range of public figures. IGF provides Fellows with invaluable work experience and leadership development, focusing on complex issues in Israel today, as well as an opportunity to explore their own connection to Israel and the Jewish people.

IGF is the only existing program of its kind for non-Israelis and is available for Jews aged 21-30 with at least a Bachelor’s degree. The program is based in Jerusalem and its duration is 10 months.

If you are seeking a unique opportunity to experience 10 months of professional and personal development in Israel, we will soon open application for our 11th session, taking place September 2016 – June 2017.

Our Purpose

IGF has an overriding mission to help young Jewish people from around the world, forge a lifelong connection with the state of Israel, each Fellow in their own way.

Uniquely, IGF does this through a combination of professional development, exposing Fellows to the inner workings of Israeli government, and a series of Educational Seminars tackling different aspects and perspectives of Israeli politics and society.

The program encourages professional and personal growth, while also providing an opportunity to contribute greatly to the state of Israel.


The young people who join the IGF program every year are part of a Fellowship, and are selected for their exceptional leadership potential. Their internships are positions of genuine responsibility and they meet and hear from leading figures in Israeli political life.

The IGF staff regards the participants as Fellows in every aspect of the program and Fellows come to the program knowing that a great deal is expected of them.

Graduating Fellows become part of IGF’s Alumni Community: a growing global network of young Jewish leaders, promoting its members through continued friendships and collaborations.