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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Haifa, Israel

  • Summary

    ** Join one of our Global Internships Program information sessions. **

     

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

    • Undertake a service-learning or research 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 up to $2,000 are available for this location to 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 www.yahelisrael.com

     

    Dates:

    • Israel: June 20 - August 11, 2022
    • Online Course: June 6 – August 12, 2022

    Dates are subject to change.

    This program is being planned to be in-person for 2022. Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. 

     

    Units: 6 units
     

    Language of Instruction: English
     

    Two Required Courses:

    •   Israeli Politics & Society: Israel's Minorities (3 units) - More information coming soon.

    AND your choice of:

    • UGBA C155: Leadership - Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    OR

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

     

    Housing:

    • 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.

     

    Eligibility:

    • 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:

    • Application opens February 1, 2022

    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

    • Deadline to apply is March 1, 2022

     

  • Courses

    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 6 - August 12, 2022

    Instructor: Dr. Rami Zeedan

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: None

    This course introduces students to Israel through the study of important aspects of Israeli law, politics, society, and culture, including questions of social justice and social change in contemporary Israel. Students will study Israeli social, political and legal institutions and frameworks; look at different dimensions of social justice and social rights in Israel; explore the social, ethnic, national, and religious makeup of Israeli society, including the impact of waves of immigration; and wrestle with key social science theories and methodologies for examining the social sectors they will be experiencing in their service-learning placements. Topics bridging the classroom and the service-learning placements may include coexistence, religious pluralism, environmental justice, immigration and asylum, gender equity, violence against women, human trafficking, LGBTQ rights and protections, and others.

    This course is offered under LS 190. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

     

    AND your choice of one of these two online courses:

    Online Courses

    Option 1:

    Course: Undergraduate Business C155

    Title: Leadership - Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment

    Dates: June 6 - August 12, 2022

    Instructor: Dan Mulhern Ph.D.

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: None

    The purpose of this course is for the students to develop 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. 

     

    Option 2:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158 

    Title: Global Citizenship

    Dates: June 6 – August 12, 2022

    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.

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

     

    Registration

    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.

     

    Instructors

    Rami Zeedan, Ph.D. 

    TBD: Israeli Politics & Society - Israel's Minorities

    Dr. Rami Zeedan joined the University of Kansas in 2018 as Assistant Professor at the Jewish Studies Program. Prof. Zeedan is a political scientist and historian of modern Israel. He holds a PhD (2013) in Israel Studies from the University of Haifa, where he completed a dissertation on “The Financial Crisis in Arab Local Authorities in Israel from 1970-2007: Local and National Factors” (in Hebrew, 2012). His first book focuses on the Israeli policies implemented towards the Arabs in Israel that were recruited to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the first decade of the country’s history: Battalion of Arabs: The History of the Minorities Unit in the IDF from 1948 to 1956 (2015).

     

    Dan Mulhern, J.D.

    UGBA C155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment

    Email: mulhern@berkeley.edu

    Dan Mulhern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of leadership and organizational culture. Mulhern has worked with a wide range of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500, from government to non-profits. He has coached and presented at well-known companies like Ford, Google, and Facebook, but also delights in a strong practice with large nonprofits like Goodwill of Greater Detroit, Americorps, and the Chicago Legal Aid Foundation. 

     

    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D. 

    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

    Email: jdewulf@berkeley.edu

     

    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

    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

    • Start-ups

    • Research

     

    Examples of internships:

    The placements will include service learning internships in the social sector as well as opportunities to work in the public sector and in local innovation and entrepreneurship. Placements may also include work opportunities in campus research centers. Internship tasks may include:

    • Curriculum Development in English
    • Evaluation – assistance in ongoing data collection and analysis
    • Resource development – including grant-writing, donor research, foundational research, assistance with fundraising campaigns etc.
    • Media and marketing – creating website content, building websites, maintaining social media platforms, creating marketing materials in English and more.
    • Assistance with program and event planning
    • Assistance with local projects – second hand-store, projects with the elderly
    • Community based research - community mapping 
    • Secondary research – research on methodologies from around the world that may apply to local work
    • Direct English activities with children and youth
    • Outdoor activities with children and youth
    • Assistance with academic research at a local campus/university

     

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    Sample organizations include:

    • Beit Hageffen  -- coexistence organization
    • Ruach Nashit (feminine spirit) Financial Independence - for Women Victims of Violence
    • Kayan - grassroots feminist organization
    • Hiyot -- a non-profit organization for the Ethiopian Community in Israel
    • Hand in Hand -- brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools  
    • NYCC --cultural, social and sports services to the residents of east Haifa
    • Haifa Municipality – Community Development Department 
    • Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW)
    • HRCC: Rape and Violence Crisis Center
    • and communities
    • Sindyanna of Galilee -- female-led, fair-trade NGO promoting the concept of “business for peace”
  • Costs

    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:

    2022 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)

    $2,514

    $3,420

    Program Fee

    $3,150

    $3,150

    Total Cost

    $5,664

    $6,570

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $63.

     

    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

    $1,525

    Additional Meals

    $1,792

    Books

    $282

    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)

    $1,370

    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    $4,969

    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. If you wish to receive a financial aid package estimate, please fill out this form (CalNet Authentication required). You will receive an email with your financial aid estimate (please allow a minimum of one week for response).

     

    If you have a specific question about a study abroad financial aid issue you are encountering, please email travelaid@berkeley.edu. Please do not email to request a financial aid estimate, these requests should be made using the form above.

     

    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 $570 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 internship

    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes

     

  • Timeline

    Timeline

     

    Application opens

    February 1, 2022

    Application closes

    March 1, 2022

    Applicants notified of selection

    By March 15, 2022

    Attend internship pre-placement orientation

    March 2022

    Participate in an online placement meeting with a member of the Yahel Israel team

    March-April 2022

    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit

    March 28, 2022

    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation

    April-May 2022

    Receive a provisional internship placement

    April-June 2022

    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Israel

    April-June 2022

    Online course begins

    June 6, 2022

    Arrive in Israel

    June 20, 2022

    Attend onsite orientation activities

    First week of program

    Last day of program

    August 11, 2022

    Online course ends

    August 12, 2022

    † All dates are subject to change.