This intensive 9-week program begins with a seminar in Jerusalem where leading Israeli and Palestinian experts, representatives of various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's), peace activists, and private sector and government officials will address the group and share their perspectives on the dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Israel and Palestine Internship Program Photo Album
Over the first week of the program, numerous site visits will also be made to settlements in the territories, refugee camps, government offices, and cultural institutions. Students stay together during the first week at a hotel in Jerusalem. After the week-long seminar, students begin their internship assignments in one of the program cities.
For the remaining eight weeks, students work for four/five days per week--eight hours a day in either the Palestinian territories--Ramallah, Bethlehem--or Israel--Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, and other locations. The internships will be related to Conflict Resolution, Politics, International Relations, Economics, or Business and Finance in Israel and Palestine.
Over the last weekend of the program, the group participants reconvene in Tel Aviv to conclude the seminar and internship program.
The program is a holistic experience designed to provide students with ample amount of professional development, academic rigor, and cultural immersion. After getting their feet wet in all that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a series of site visits, tours, and lectures, students are sent to live and work in various locations around Israel and the West Bank. Students develop their own opinions and knowledge by utilizing the rare opportunity to agree, disagree, and question some of the most influential narratives of the conflict as presented by moderates and extremists on both sides. From settlements to refugee camps, from sacred sites to high-security areas, from segregated communities to those coexisting in peace, students see it all.
While some stay in apartments, the majority of students live with families in homestays throughout their internship. Adding another facet to the experience, homestays provide students an opportunity to learn about the cultural nuances and social fabric of this unique region like a local. When not at work, students can explore Israel and the West Bank at their own pace and interest, visiting friends and classmates who become their own local tour guides. Visit Tel Aviv on the weekend, Bethlehem with a friend, or wander the magic of Old City Jerusalem—it’s up to you. Additionally, organized trips to Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan may be possible.
The internship program in Israel and the West Bank is ideal for the adventurous explorer who wants to work, travel, and learn from a whole new angle. Home to diverse ethnic groups and some of the most sacred sites to four religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha’i’ faith—the region, and the people it brings together, are like no other.
"... being able to experience all of this and draw your own conclusions is invaluable to your own personal development and understanding."
-- Jacob, Summer 2008 Israel and Palestine Internship participant
"After completion of this program, I affirmed my commitment to pursuing a career in Conflict Resolution. I forged lasting connections and I was able to spend a large amount of time visiting the West Bank, an experience that is hard to come by. I know my life would have been vastly different had I passed up this opportunity"
-- Shoshana, Summer 2009 Israel and Palestine Internship participant
"This was an AMAZING program. Book learning is never the same as hands-on learning!"
-- Josh, Summer 2009 Israel and Palestine Internship participant
Students may download a sample seminar agenda based on content from previous years.
While CGE cannot guarantee that a student will be able to intern at a particular organization, we will do our best to place students in their preferred internship placement. Below is a list of the placements for recent Summer Program participants. These are not guaranteed placements for future interns but rather a list of past placements to give students an idea of the type of internships available:
Towns Association for Environmental Quality -- Sakhnin
Israel-Jordan Chamber of Commerce - Netaniya
The Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages in the Negev - Beer-Sheva
Golan for Development of the Arab Villages - Golan Heights
Center for Holy Land Studies - Beit Sahour, Palestine
The League for the Arabs of Jaffa - Jaffa
Anera: American Near East Refugee Aid - Al Bireh
The Abraham Fund Initiatives - Neve Ilan
Dr. Yehuda Lukacs is Associate Provost for International Programs at George Mason University and Director of the Center for Global Education. He also teaches International Relations and History at George Mason. He has taught at the School of International Service at American University and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. In January 2002, Dr. Lukacs was a visiting professor of International Relations at University College Cork, Ireland. He has published several articles and books dealing with contemporary international relations and Arab-Israeli affairs.
Dates: June 4 - August 7, 2015
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Tel Aviv, Israel for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
Program Fee: $6,995
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
Tuition - 9 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits
Housing - apartments, homestays, or hotels, depending on the location of the internship.
Internship placement - Students will explore internship opportunies with Dr. Lukacs related to field of study or professional interests.
Ground transportation to and from academic-related sites during the seminar
Pre-departure orientation in early May
Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
Financial aid eligible!
Contact CGE for a cost breakdown to bring to financial aid to determine your eligibility!
How to Apply
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
In addition to the online application all applicants must submit:
A 500-word Statement of Purpose
Which should include the following information:
- Why are you applying to the program?
- Previous coursework related to Israel and Palestine
- Previous travel in the region
- Academic, personal, and professional objectives
- Books you have read related to the program's theme(s)
A 250-word Internship Statement
Which should include the following information:
- Your relevant skills and professional experiences
- What type of internship are you looking for?
- Whether you would like to work in Israel or in the Palestinian Territories
One Letter of Reference
Materials can be sent to the CGE office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline