FJL Tel Aviv Internship






Open to students from top universities across New York


June 10 - August 5, 2020 


$599* airfare not included

*Thanks in part to the generous subsidy and partnership of                                

Applications Open - 18 November, 2019


Aside from day-time internship placements, our seminar series brings together prominent professionals and  communal leaders with the group, thereby facilitating a meaningful level of engagement with Jewry’s largest and most diverse and vibrant community.

In addition to eight weeks in Tel Aviv, the group will spend time in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, exploring this beautiful country.  You will also have the chance to meet and hear from some of the most influential policy-makers who will address questions relating to the application of Judaism in contemporary public policy and the modern world.

Our renowned speakers, along with our in-house educational faculty, provide a thought-provoking analysis of Jewish perspectives on leadership and modernity offering a holistic approach to effective leadership both within the community and beyond.



Charles studied for his undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Leeds. He attended the Washington Internship in 2011 where he worked at the Foreign Policy Institute. After university, Charles worked at the Israeli Embassy and is now a Project Manager at Network Rail. He is currently on the management board at his local synagogue and is an avid football player. He recently led an Israel Birthright trip.

Past Participants


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do participants intern?

Internships are available in a variety of sectors including business, finance, law, media, journalism, politics, hi-tech, medicine and NGOs (please see Intern Hosts above). All of these will be based in Tel Aviv and are an ideal opportunity to build your CV and create a prestigious experience to aid future job applications.

What does an internship entail?

Each internship varies. In general terms, interns might be tasked with working on a team, research, fact-checking and editing, attending meetings, as well as administrative tasks and further exposure to the workings of the firm and its dealings with clients. Ultimately, the internship gives one a sense of ‘how Tel Aviv works’ and constitutes a great networking opportunity; by adapting fast, participants can learn more and secure influential contacts for the future.

What else does the FJL Tel Aviv Internship offer aside from work placements?

In addition to the valuable internship placement, the program includes a seminar series, bringing participants face-to-face with high-profile figures from the banking and finance world, politicians, policy-makers, Jewish educators and communal leaders. Both before and after the internship, the group will travel around Israel making the most of all the country has to offer. See sample itinerary above.

What is the Jewish content of the FJL Tel Aviv Internship?

The Jewish educational component involves seminars, presentations and interactive group-based discussions which will address key issues associated with Jewish philosophy and topics of contemporary significance, including the interaction of Jewish ethics, public policy, business and finance. The Jewish education is led by our in-house teachers, as well as renowned Jewish educators from the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Area.

Are there expectations in terms of religious observance during the FJL Tel Aviv Internship?

This program is designed for all Jewish students regardless of religious beliefs or levels of observance. We will spend Shabbat together as a group which will include a Friday night service and group meals, but there are no expectations of anyone in terms of their own observance beyond that.

What do participants do in the evenings?

A few times a week, we will be having a group activity or seminar in the evenings. On the other nights, participants are free to spend their evenings as they wish - enjoying some down time, hanging out with friends or exploring all that Tel Aviv has to offer.

Is there any free time during the program?

In addition to the above, typically the internships will take place Monday through Thursday, and Friday/Sunday will be split with one day free and one day of programming. Out of the eight weekends on the program, you will be free for at least three of them. On the Shabbats with formal programming these will contain group meals, and seminars but also a fair amount of free time.Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in an Onward Israel Shabbat with students from other programs.

Is it possible to participate on The FJL Tel Aviv Internship if I will need to miss any part of the program?

Unfortunately, we can only offer places on the FJL Tel Aviv Internship subject to full participation on both the internship itself and the accompanying evening and weekend seminar series. The internship placements are relatively short as it is and, as a result, it is simply not possible for us to secure placements in the event of someone needing to miss any part of the program due to other commitments during the dates of the Programs.

How much does the FJL Tel Aviv Internship cost?

$599* airfare not included.

*This is a subsidised price and includes accommodation, shabbatons, travel cards in Tel Aviv and activities. The real cost of the program is circa $7,000 but all students will receive an automatic scholarship.

Are there any other costs associated with the FJL Tel Aviv Summer Internship?

Yes. Outside of official programming (when food will be provided), you will have the opportunity to live as an Israeli – shopping and potentially cooking for yourself (subject to availability of cooking facilities). In addition, you will need to pay for your own transport outside of your travel card in Tel Aviv.

Where will participants be staying?

You will be staying in Tel Aviv.

Who is eligible for this program?

The FJL Tel Aviv Internship is open to students who are currently studying at the top universities in New York. Students must have completed at least one year of university. In line with Onward Israel, the partner for this trip, students cannot have previously attended a three-month (or longer) educational or peer trip to Israel.

What should my CV include?

A CV should be no more than one page and include a broad overview of all educational achievements and relevant work experience to date, with a brief description of the nature of such work and the skills it developed. Please note that we will be forwarding your CV to our internship hosts, and that, by applying, you agree to your CV being shared with relevant third parties. We will not share your CV or application details with anyone not directly involved in the application process.

When can I apply?

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting November, 17, 2019 at Please note that competition for placements is intense and places are allocated on a rolling basis as well. Therefore early applications are advised.

How does the application process work?

First we ask you fill out a basic form that captures your information. Once that has been processed we will send out a more detailed form which addresses the goals of the Forum for Jewish Leadership. Following that stage you will be invited to an interview where you can ask further questions about the program and then we will turn to finding a suitable internship.

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