Testimonials

Ricardo

I studied Journalism at PUC Minas Gerais in Brazil, but I always wanted to be a photojournalist.  I decided to participate in Career Israel internship because I wanted to get to experience Israel and develop my career.

I interned at The Jerusalem Post, where I had the opportunity to take on very important photojournalism assignments. I liked to be in places where photographers from Reuters and AFP were, and when I took a step back and realized what I was doing, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t have anywhere else.

Nina

After graduating from Bucknell University and working as a paralegal for two years in New York City, I realized that medicine is actually where my interests lie.  So, I quit my job and enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health program at NYU where I satisfied the pre-med classes required to apply to health schools.  Then, I registered for Career Israel.  I wanted to gain hands-on experience in the world of medicine and therapy, as well as have the opportunity to shape my Jewish identity.

I interned at the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled in Ramat Gan.  I worked very closely with patients afflicted with cerebral palsy at the day center where they are provided daily activities.  In addition, I observed physical and physio therapies for the disabled athletes.  This internship allowed me to not only have hands-on patient experience, but to learn about therapies I didn’t know existed.  These experiences were invaluable when applying to health schools as well as figuring out which path in medicine I would like to follow.

Lilah

I completed my BA in Religious Studies at the University of Western Ontario and my Master’s in International Affairs at Carleton University. I was at a crossroads in my life; I had a great education but was still unsure of what direction to take my career. I discovered the Career Israel internship program by chance. It looked like an incredible program that would help me find my niche in the “career world,” while also helping to build my resume. Best of all, I would get to be in Israel! I had been on Birthright in 2008 but had never spent a significant amount of time here and Career Israel seemed like the perfect way to do that.

My internship was at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC). I was a Relocation Resources Case Worker, which meant that I assisted asylum seekers living in Israel to relocate to other countries where they had family.

From my internship, I’ve realized that I want to continue to work with refugees when I go back home to Canada. This internship helped me find something that I was excited and passionate about, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Abraham

After graduating from Muhlenberg College where I double majored in Business Administration and International Studies, I decided to apply to Career Israel.  Although it was not my area of studies, I had become very interested in water technologies after a trip to Bangladesh. I wanted to get involved in water technologies and to learn the industry.  I wanted to gain some experience and learn how to apply ideas from industrial water technologies to solutions for third world countries.

In Israel, the concept of an intern is a novel idea; companies don’t always know how an internship is structured which has turned out be a fantastic benefit.  I interned at Whitewater Security in Tel Aviv, and I was given much more responsibility at my internship at Whitewater’s Quality and Security division than I had at any previous internships in America. I was fortunate to be able to learn the water industry through reading periodicals and writing executive summaries for the top executives at Whitewater.  I was also given major assignments researching water utilities in North America and around the world to identify potential clients.

Jonathan

I’m an entrepreneur from the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009, and ran my business for two additional years after college before selling it and heading off to travel and gain outside experience. I planned to come toIsraelbecause I was set to begin an MBA program (though I didn’t yet know where), and wanted to spend time here, improve my Hebrew, and gain inside knowledge on the venture capital industry. I knew that this knowledge would serve me when I went to start my next company, which will surely require venture capital given my fields of interest (tech, mobile, social).

Shana, my internship coordinator at Career Israel, worked so hard to get me a meaningful and impressive internship.  I landed at Rhodium, a highly-connected and respected private investment firm in the heart of Hertzliyah Pituach. Here I had a ton of incredible experiences and lessons from the motivated and highly-accomplished staff. One special moment that stands out was when I was assigned to think of names for one of the companies Rhodium had invested in. Though they had been churning on the idea for quite some time, I was very proud when they chose my name for the company – after only a few days of working on possible solutions.

Jodi

I graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney,Australia with a Bachelor of Business.  I came on the Career Israel internship program to discover more about how it really is to live in Israel.

I interned at ConnecTLV. Organizing our weekly language exchange events gave me a better understanding of how to organize an event from start to finish.  I learned that no matter how much you prepare for something, something always goes not as planned, and there will be a balagan (hectic moment).  However, through this experience I also have learned how to handle small hiccups, and that if you keep calm and focused you will find a solution. Organizing these language exchange evenings where new immigrants come and learn Hebrew while exchanging their languages with fellow participants has been really satisfying.

Dena

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Business Administration and working at Columbia Sportswear Company as a Quality Control intern, I decided to enroll in Career Israel.  In Tel Aviv, I interned at the David InterContinental Hotel in Tel Aviv. A five-star hotel on the beach, the David InterContinental is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group that has over 4,400 hotels worldwide.

I worked in reception where I met and greeted guests, performed check-ins and check-outs, and assisted guests and visitors with their needs and questions. Working in reception was very fast-paced, demanding, and at times stressful, but the pros surpassed the cons and at the end of the day, the job was extremely rewarding. I didn’t sit in front of a computer in a cubicle all day.  Instead, I met the most interesting guests from all over the world, and I loved the people I work with.

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