Get out of the classroom and into the community! Tel Aviv offers many unique opportunities to gain pre-professional experience within companies and organizations that harness innovation to approach complex challenges. Innovation-oriented students may explore Israel’s unique and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem, including startups, accelerators, innovation hubs, and financial firms. Students interested in the non-profit sector can gain expertise within advocacy organizations using cutting edge strategies both locally and globally to advance social justice, sustainability, and development.
See below for examples of potential internship opportunities in organizations representing a wide range of for-profit and non-profit sectors in Tel Aviv. Please note that the availability of an internship placement during any given semester is subject to the organizations’ needs at that time. NYUTel Aviv does its utmost to find a placement that is suited to students’ interests, needs, and unique skill sets.
An internship during study away in Tel Aviv is an unparalleled opportunity to engage in the Israeli workplace culture in either the for-profit or non-profit sectors. If you are interested in developing transferable, professional skills related to your academic major or minor, consider including an internship in your semester away. At NYU Tel Aviv, students have two options when considering applying for an internship:
1) Academic Internship Program
If accepted into this competitive program, students will participate in their internship and also earn academic credit by enrolling and participating in a 4-credit academic course, NODEP-UA 9982/INDIV-UG 9050
2) Non-Credit Internship Program
Students who select this option will participate in an internship during study away but will not enroll in an academic course or earn academic credit related to their internship.
Q: Do I have time to pursue an internship?
A: All students should consider the demands of their academic schedule and workload when deciding whether to pursue an internship and, if so, which type. Students who are accepted to the academic internship program must have room in their academic schedules to enroll in the 4-credit NODEP-UA 9982/INDIV-UG 9050 Internship Seminar and Fieldwork course. The academic internship program requires enrollment and active participation in this course in order to earn academic credit.
The course carries with it the same level of academic rigor both inside and outside the classroom as any other 4-credit class, and students will be graded on their performance in the course. Students must be prepared to keep a regular and consistent weekly schedule at their internship, spending a minimum of 10 hours per week in non-profit placements and 15-20 hours per week in for-profit settings.
Students who pursue the non-credit internship program should plan 10 hours per week for their internship, and will be asked to sign an internship agreement with NYU Tel Aviv and (in some cases) with their internship supervisor. Students who pursue this option also gain transferable skills but do not benefit from the structured opportunities for reflection, professional growth, and peer feedback provided by the internship seminar.
Always consult with your academic advisor to confirm how the internship course will fit with your academic progress towards degree fulfillment.
Q: How do I know if the Academic Internship or the Non-Credit Internship is right for me?
A: Students should consider how much time per week they are able to commit to an internship experience. Generally, the academic internship requires more time due to students' commitment to the course assignments, but the support provided by the seminar enables students to gain a broader appreciation of the context in which their organization operates, develop skills in more depth, develop a work-related research project, and benefit from guidance on how to extract the most from regular exposure to a workplace.
Q: Do I need to speak Hebrew or Arabic to do an internship?
A: Many internships do not require proficiency in Hebrew or Arabic as work will be conducted in English. However, language requirements vary across different sectors, and any level of Hebrew or Arabic, from conversational to native, will increase the number of internship opportunities available to you.
Q: Can I find my own internship?
A: Students must inform Ilana Goldberg, NYU Tel Aviv Internship Coordinator, of any potential internship opportunity they identify. The internship site and position must be vetted by the Internship Coordinator for concerns for student safety.
Visit the NYU Study Away Apply page for instructions on submitting an NYU Study Away Application. Following submission of your study away application, you will be prompted to complete an Internship application. The internship application requires you to answer a series of questions designed to help you think systematically about what you would like to learn and accomplish from an internship experience in Tel Aviv, and to indicate three internship placements of interest based on the offerings listed under Potental Internship Placements.
Students must indicate on the application if they intend to participate in the internship program on a for-credit or a non-credit basis. Students wishing to participate in the program for credit must enroll in the 4-credit Internship Seminar and Fieldwork course (NODEP-UA 9982/INDIV-UG 9050).
Students seeking a Non-Credit Internship must also complete the online application and will participate in an internship fair to learn more about internship opportunities after arriving in Accra.
Note: All applicants must have their resumes reviewed by a career coach at the Wasserman Center using this Resume Review Form. Completion of this form is a required part of the application process.You will also be required to upload a personal statement and a resume in .pdf or .doc format.
The Spring 2020 application deadline for students seeking an Academic (For-Credit) internship is October 15 (11:59pm ET).
The application deadline for students seeking a Non-Credit internship is November 15 (11:59pm) ET.
Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship field-site.
The seminar is designed to complement your internship fieldwork, exploring many different aspects of your organization and of Israel's Civil Society. Israel is a country where the government and the establishment at large have historically been very central in determining the country's political direction as well as its social fabric and political culture. It is therefore of special interest to study the emergence of new players in Israel, especially the role of the Third Sector, or Civil Society and within it the even newer phenomenon of Social Change Organizations and their effect on Israeli political and social life over the past three decades. Your goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of your agency, its approach, its policies, its programs, and the context in which it operates. You will also spend time reflecting on the internship experience itself as a way to better understand your academic, personal, and career goals.
The goal of the biology internship is to expose students to research in some of Israel's most exciting laboratories. All biology internships will take place at Tel Aviv University.
During the course of the internship, students work with PhD candidates who will instruct them and supervise their work.
Depending on the type of research in each lab, students would have a chance to learn different experimental lab techniques, such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, cell cultering, flow cytometry and microscropy.
Students are required to attend the lab at least 3 days a week, 3-6 hours each day, as required by the lab.
All students will enroll in BIOL-UA 9980 Biology Internship for 2-4 credits. This class meets weekly and throughout the semester students will present their work to their fellow internship students.
At the end of the term, the students will submit a scientific essay, which includes an introduction to the field of study, description of the methods they have used, results and discussion. This essay will satisfy the final research project requirement for the class.
Please note that internship options are subject to change and are available to students interested in an internship for credit or not for credit.
The Peres Center for Peace is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization founded in 1996 by President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mr. Shimon Peres, with the aim of furthering his vision in which people of the Middle East region work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and development, and people-to-people interaction. The mission of the Peres Center for Peace is to build an infrastructure of peace and reconciliation by and for the people of the Middle East that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding. The Israeli Innovation Center, located at the Peres Peace House in Jaffa, is an educational hub and visitors' center, drawing guests from around the world to learn about Israel's historic achievements, absorb the core values of innovation, optimism and the pursuit of peace, and be inspired and empowered to positively impact their communities and the world.
Internships at the Peres Center are designed based on student interest and Center needs and can include research, organization and participation in various projects and activities.
Founded in May 2011 by the Peres Centre for Peace and YaLa Palestine, YaLaYoung Leaders is a Facebook-based movement of activists who are working together to implement a new regional vision of freedom, equality, prosperity and peace. YaLa works on fostering dialogue and change, by using new technologies innovatively. Steered by a Core Group of 150 members, the YaLa movement has grown to more than 950,000+ members from all over the MENA region in just over three years, making it the broadest and fastest-growing Middle East peace movement today.
Internships include social media strategists, content developers for the Facebook page, assisting YaLa in applying for grants, working on peace advocacy campaigns, reaching out to participants, managing YaLa Press, and graphic design and animation content development.
SPNI is Israel's oldest, largest, and leading environmental NGO. Working to protect Israel's flora, fauna, and natural habitats for generations to come. SPNI utilizes a variety of approaches in its work: research, activism, and lobbying; formal and informal environmental education; community building; and ecotourism – through our field schools and through blazing, maintaining and guiding on Israel's nature trails. Internship possibilities depend on many factors, but could include both field work (monitoring, measuring) and office work (helping with research, publications, fundraising, etc).
Interns assisting the international marketing/communications department of SPNI develop social media and digital strategy and content, and assist in research and writing development proposals and reports.
Heschel Center is a non-governmental organization dedicated to building a sustainable future for Israeli society - environmentally, socially and economically - through education and reflective activism. Our strategies include leadership development, education, working with government and non-government organizations, and fostering activism and community-based projects across all sectors of Israeli society.
The Heschel Center is currently hosting a new project - 'Gateway to Community Engaged Research' - aimed at promoting more engagement of community and civil society organizations with academic research conducted in the fields of environment, environmental health and sustainability. The project focuses on networking organizations, researchers and students as well as actively promoting research partnerships via a 'question bank' with knowledge needs raised by organizations.
The Internship Opportunity would be for a research assistant to help with the intake of questions from organizations and prepare short executive summaries about the existing knowledge in the field and the potential for further examination. These summaries can then be used to provide preliminary answers to organizations and supplement the question bank with ideas for potential research. We need someone with good literature search and writing skills, who is keen on learning about environmental problems in Israel by helping organizations with their knowledge.
In the field of Media and Arts, Israel’s global advantage and added value is due to the developed local innovation ecosystem and the advanced computer skills of Israeli entrepreneurs, who can begin to implement creative ideas, untrammeled by any technical deficits.
Matching students with placements should start with the student’s individual profile, needs, and goals.
Because Emerging Media it is a pioneering field, there is not one traditional path that must be followed to professionalize, allowing for multiple possibilities in three major sectors (e.g. advertising, online education delivery systems, and art institutions).
Playbuzz is a startup that began in Tel Aviv and has now gone global with offices in New York, London, Tel Aviv, Hamburg and Nashville. Playbuzz provides interactive content formats (polls, quizzes, slideshows, galleries and more) to publishers/brands/agencies who populate them with their content and then embed them on-site or distribute them through their social channels. They work with the world’s top publishers and brands including MTV, Bravo, CNBC, Fortune, TIME, The Telegraph, American Express, Ford and Unilever.
Interns typically support Playbuzz’s in-house PR/Marketing team. The intern reports to the Director of Communications and is responsible for tracking speaking engagements, managing media lists for announcement outreach, writing B2B content for the Playbuzz blog on topics related to industry news, trends, and content, suggesting editorial partnerships with key outlets and influencers in the industry, and more.
Tel Aviv Global is an initiative started by the Mayor's Office of Tel Aviv-Yafo dedicated to elevating the city’s global positioning. The object of the initiative, which is managed by the Global team, focuses on making the city more accessible to the world and facilitating its global quantum leap, while collaborating with national, private and municipal bodies.
Xhibition is an international exposure and content agency fusing public relations, branding, content production and collaborative projects to secure media coverage for clients in the travel, lifestyle and entertainment industries. Xhibition employs English speaking interns with a flair for creative writing, research and social media savvy to work with us in our Tel Aviv office. After initial guidance, interns are expected to quickly enmesh themselves in our demanding and collegial office environment, including participating in staff meetings; working nontraditional office hours; and documenting their own work and progress.
To Be Education is a platform that lets teachers, students, and publishers turn their content into engaging, digital role playing games that are played inside the classroom and just about anywhere else. Teachers can find games written by other teachers, publishers, even students on an online market that is based on a revenue share model, similar to "teachers pay teachers". To Be tackles one of the biggest problems in the classroom today - lack of student engagement, by creating an immersive experience where students research, advocate, collaborate, and innovate. The teacher is equipped with a friendly dashboard where they oversee what's happening, or participate in a number of ways. To Be Education is not about what the class covers, its about what the students and the teachers discover.
Interns work to write educational scripts for our games and also work in social media to communicate with American teachers who use our platform.
Founded in 2006, Red Interactive (www.red-id.com) is a strategy, design, and development firm based in Tel-Aviv whose mission is to help startups and organizations create new businesses and reinvent existing ones by creating innovative user experiences. Red Interactive works with a user-centered process to create beautiful and functional designs that build world-class web, mobile, and desktop applications using the latest methodologies and technologies to achieve software greatness.
MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam is a three-museum complex operating in the heart of Bat Yam, as part of the greater Tel Aviv-Jaffa metropolitan area. As an institution whose history is deeply rooted in the era of modern-day democracy, MoBY’s curatorial agenda and educational programs consistently address the role of the museum in the 21st century. MoBY provides a broad arena for discussion, creative work, and the display of contemporary art. This curatorial approach facilitates exchanges between visual artists, authors, curators, critics, scholars, and the general public. MoBY’s curatorial challenge is to activate the exhibition mode of display by developing suitable programs and platforms and enabling the museum’s transformation into a dynamic, ever-changing and controversial site.
In addition to these examples, other possible internships include some of Israel’s world-renowned art and history museums (Agam Museum, Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Yad Vashem) as well as more research oriented opportunities with leading scholars in one of Israel’s leading academic institutions in the field.
Founded in 1978, Arba Finance Company Ltd. is an investment banking boutique based in Tel Aviv that provides investment banking services to Israeli and international clients. Arba works in close cooperation with global financial firms from its vast international network, including international investment banks, private equity funds and individual investors, and has been involved in different fields such as the financing of international aircraft transactions, export and project finance and venture capital and private equity related activities. In Venture Capital, Arba has syndicated financing for companies in different development stages and developed an expertise in a number of technological fields including media and entertainment, retail, agritech, mobile services and cyber security. Columbia Threadneedle Investments, one of the leading global asset managers, appointed Arba as its exclusive adviser in Israel
Intern’s responsibilities are to assist Arba in different market researches and in the due diligence process we conduct regarding potential startup companies.
Founded in 1998, Maala was established with the goal of promoting corporate social and environmental responsibility (CSR) in Israel. Today, the organization serves the needs of some 110 members, comprised of Israel’s large and mid-size companies, committed to excellence in corporate citizenship. Since 2003, Maala has produced the annual Maala Index, which ranks publicly-traded, as well as privately-held Israeli companies, based on CSR criteria. The Index leaders, in various economic sectors, are announced each year at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in the presence of Israel’s business, financial and CSR leadership.
Interns at Maala engage in analysis and research about local and global companies’ CSR practices; they may be involved in organizing international conferences that bring together Israeli and international business and thought leaders.
StarTAU was until 2016 the largest and most active entrepreneurship promotion & support entity in Israel, offering a variety of services to Israel’s aspiring entrepreneurs. Until it closed, StarTau served as the largest entrepreneurship center operating in Israel. StarTau’s goal was to build a platform that connects aspiring entrepreneurs with the business world, and gives them the tools needed to succeed.
Many NYUTA Interns were placed in StarTau’s International Affairs Department, in one of two positions: as part of the marketing team, with the responsibility of maintaining StarTau’s online presence and monitoring developments in the industry; or as part of the research team, responsible for mapping the industry both in Israel and abroad.
Our goal is to provide international clients with their first tangible point of connection to the Israeli companies that can solve their challenges. To date, we have hosted over 200 global business and government leaders. We design highly customized engagements for government and business leaders, connecting them directly to the innovation they need. Our curated engagements feature interactions with industry experts, academics, companies and start-ups. Our propriety curriculum helps our clients understand Israeli innovation and its relevance to their specific needs. We have created the largest and most up-to-date database that provides data and connectivity to more than 4,500 Israeli companies across dozens industries.
Israel Venture Network (IVN) is a network of dedicated seasoned entrepreneurs and executives from Israel and the US, committed to nurturing and growing Israel’s emerging social business sector (fourth sector). By providing Israel's social businesses with knowledge, financing and business world know-how and connections, IVN is helping them generate sustainable social impact, with a focus on reducing Israel’s unemployment gap. IVN’s network of members, along with its team of professionals, recruits and leverages its resources, contacts and experience from the business world in the social arena to develop this fourth sector.
Internship responsibilities include participating in brainstorming meetings, writing marketing briefs in English, social media community management, and assistance in writing business plans.
Microfy supports disadvantaged communities in Israel in their way to become economically independent by opening and developing micro-businesses. We started by addressing the need for micro-loans within underprivileged communities in order for them to create independent sources of income. Through the years we learned that our impact can be exponential if we have a more holistic approach offering educational tools and support for these entrepreneurs. We have seen that micro-businesses create ripples of change.
Interns typically work in communications and fundraising and play a pivotal role in the development of this growing organization.
Envisioned by former President Shimon Peres, Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the commercialization of Israel’s brain-related innovation and establish Israel as a leading international brain technology hub, by supporting brain technology development, creating and fostering a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and investors around neurotechnology, attracting key stakeholders to partner and support braintech in Israel, and serving as an authority and knowledge center for the braintech ecosystem.
Interns at IBT participate in the accelerator program and provide support as needed to the participating projects/startups. They have a variety of tasks in supporting the projects and the overall program, ranging from more technical/logistical to business-oriented (preparing presentations, doing market research, preparing financial statements, etc).
An Arab-Jewish organization promoting the integration of Israel’s Arab Citizens into its hi-tech industry, through employment and the creation of hi-tech centers in Arab towns. Tsofen’s vision is the full integration of Israel’s Arab citizens into Israel’s prosperous hi-tech and start-up sector.
Interns support one of two departments at Tsofen: Social media and public relations interns assist Tsofen's media team with their social and PR media in English; they write announcements, social posts, articles and reviews about Tsofen's activity. Interns in the technology department assist Tsofen's technological team with training materials in Software Development, Testing Technologies, and Open Source projects.