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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Israel - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Israel. On this program, you will:

    • Undertake a service-learning internship in a social sector field of interest
    • Earn academic credit for the internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about Israeli politics, society, and culture through an on-site course
    • Live with other program participants in shared accommodations in Haifa, Israel

    Scholarships of $2,000+ are available for all admitted students to assist with flight costs and living expenses. No additional application is required!

    Location Summary:

    Broaden your view of Israel and the Middle East with a Global Internship in Israel focused on Social Change. Israel is a country with a long and rich geopolitical, cultural, and religious history. Tourists travel to Israel to visit its archaeological sites, its religious landmarks, and its cultural heritage. Israel is also famous for its beautiful beaches and its natural wonders. In addition to Israel’s rich past and present heritage, it is a country of rapid economic development and technology, including the second largest number of start-ups in the world. In its seven decades of independence, Israel has experienced tremendous socio-economic, political, environmental, cultural, and religious transformations, many of which continue to shape and redefine Israel today.

    Domestically, Israel is a country with complex social and political dynamics and a rich diversity of religions and cultures. Its large Arab population and its many waves of immigration over the past decades have contributed to its current sociocultural and political dynamics. Israel also remains at the epicenter of regional and international politics in the Middle East. This Global internship program will give you a chance to experience directly Israel’s complexity and diversity and its place as a crossroads of cultures, religions, and regional politics.

    The Global Internship program in Israel will be based in the beautiful coastal city of Haifa. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and is unique in its diversity including a large Arab population, immigrant populations from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, and many others. This program will offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in this multicultural city and engage with Israel off the beaten path.

    Berkeley Global Internship participants will work in local nonprofits, public projects and grassroots organizations working in the fields of education, women's rights, immigration, and others.

    The program will be run in partnership with Yahel Israel - an Israeli nonprofit specializing in running service learning and social action programs in Israel. Yahel has worked in the city of Haifa for the past 6 years and has a network of local partners it works with. More information about Yahel can be found at

    Israel: June 15 – August 8, 2020

    Online Course: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • UGBA W155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in shared accommodations in central Haifa, Israel.
    • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be housed with other program participants in shared rooms of  2 students per room. Please note that at this residence, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application


    • Application opens January 15, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020

  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local society and culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local society and culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.

    On-site Course

    Course: TBD
    Title: Israeli Politics & Society: Israel's Minorities
    Dates: June 15 - August 8, 2020
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    AND your choice of one of these two online courses:

    Online Courses

    Option 1 
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world examples for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2 
     Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158 
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D. 
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155 
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment 
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020 
    Instructor: TBD 
    Units: 3 units 
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.


    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.

    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D. 
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is an Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of the Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Israel are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed. Internships will be three to four days a week, with two days of the week consisting of program-related coursework and field trips.

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year due to such factors as market trends, time of year, and economic trends. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:
      • Nonprofit
      • NGOs
      • Business Development and Innovation
      • Technology
      • Start-ups

    Examples of internships:


    Most placements will be with local nonprofits, public projects, or innovation/tech spaces in the city of Haifa or its surroundings. Within each organization students may:

      • Assist with event managing, planning, promotions, and communications
      • Develop an organization website
      • Create and curate content for social media platforms
      • Assist in donor research, grant writing and other resource development tasks
      • Work with youth at risk at afterschool programs and youth centers
      • Teach English to adults and children
      • Work with community center staff to develop and implement activities
      • Business development for an emerging start-up
      • Beit Hageffen  -- coexistence organization
      • Haifa Municipality – Community Development Department 
      • NYCC --cultural, social and sports services to the residents of east Haifa
      • Ruach Nashit (feminine spirit) Financial Independence - for Women Victims of Violence
      • Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW)
      • HRCC: Rape and Violence Crisis Center
      • Hiyot -- a non-profit organization for the Ethiopian Community in Israel
      • Hand in Hand -- brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools and communities
      • Sindyanna of Galilee -- female-led, fair-trade NGO promoting the concept of “business for peace”
      • In Vent -- Innovation tech hub run by the Haifa Municipality
      • Feelit -- a VC firm that invests in Arab start-ups
      • Imagry -- tech company for automated cars

  • Costs

    Scholarships of up to $2,000 are available for all admitted students to assist with flight costs and living expenses. No additional application is required!

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,211 $3,211
    Total Cost $5,725 $6,511

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,424
    Additional Meals $1,792
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,320
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,746

    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc.). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    •Student housing in shared co-ed apartments with rooms with double or triple occupancy (rooms will be single-sex)
    • On-site orientation activities and excursions
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs, including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses


  • Timeline
    Application opens January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection By March 20, 2020
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2020
    Participate in an online placement meeting with a member of the Yahel Israel team* March 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Israel April-June, 2020
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Arrive in Israel June 15, 2020
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Last day of program August 8, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † All dates are subject to change.