|Dates||May 31 - August 3, 2014|
|Deadline||March 7, 2014|
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The Program Fee includes tuition, housing and many program expenses. See below for details.
International airfare, visa, meals, daily transportation to and from internships, optional excursions on the weekends, and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.
The program is open to George Mason University and non-Mason undergraduate and graduate students. Mason staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as the general public are also eligible to participate. To obtain credit, you need at least an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50.
Earn 6 - 9 credits across the following disciplines:
Global Affairs 495* - Internship
Government 480* - Internship
Economics 498* - Internship
Anthropology 495* - Internship
Conflict Analysis 385 - Field Study
Conflict Analysis 399 - Special Topics
New Century 495 - Experiential Learning
History 398 - Study Abroad
Global Affairs 480 - Study Abroad
6 credits for the internship and 3 credits for the seminar.
*All internship credit must be approved by academic departments prior to student enrolling. Speak with program officer to determine eligibility.
Earn 6 credits across the following disciplines:
Government 794 Internship
Government 739 Special Topics
Conflict Analysis 694 Internship
Conflict Analysis 695 Selected Topics
3 credits for the internship and 3 credits for the seminar.
Hotels, apartments, or homestays, depending on the internship's location
During orientation, participants will stay in double-room accommodations in a tourist-class hotel in Jerusalem.
At the end of the program, participants will stay for 3 nights in deluxe-class hotels.
Various sites in Israel and the West Bank
Student Testimonials [DOC]
Israel & Palestine Internships
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.
Over the first week of the progarm, numerous site visits will also be made to settlements in the territories, refugee camps, government offices, and cultural institutions.
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.
Undergraduate students receive 9 credits: 6 credits for the internship and 3 credits for the seminar.
Graduate students receive 6 credits: 3 credits for the internship and 3 credits for the seminar.
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
Israel and Palestine Internship Photo Album:
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.
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Jerusalem, Israel 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:
Housing - apartments, homestays, or hotels, depending on the location of the internship
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