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FAQs for Internships in Israel

1. What is the difference between Masa Israel Journey and the program provider?
2. Are these internships paid?
3. Can I do an internship that is shorter than 5 months?
4. How much does it cost?
5. What’s included?
6. What if I don’t see an internship I am interested on the site?
7. What is the difference between the providers?
8. How much funding will I receive from Masa?
9. What does the application process look like?
10. When are the start dates?
11. Besides Masa, are there more scholarships I can apply for?
12. How far in advance can I apply?
13. Can I apply if I’m not Jewish?
14. Will I know my internship before I get to Israel?
15. What if I have other questions? What should I do?

1. What is the difference between Masa Israel Journey and the program provider?
Masa Israel is the umbrella organization for long-term Israel programs. We connect young adults to these programs, provides grants and scholarships to help fund their experience, and offers additional enrichment activities throughout the year. The provider sets up your specific internship, housing, and other day-to-day programming.

2. Are these internships paid?
The internships are not paid but offer the opportunity to gain a lot of hands-on work experience, advance your career and to live abroad.

3. Can I do an internship that is shorter than 5 months?
All Masa programs are 5 months or longer. Many of our internship programs offer summer internship programs but you would not be eligible for Masa funding.

4. How much does it cost?
Internship programs generally cost $7,500 – $7,950 before the Masa grant. Your net cost depends on the length of your program and whether you receive both our universal grant and our needs-based scholarship. If you are receiving only our universal grant, a 5 month program would cost around $4500-$4950. If you are also eligible for our needs-based scholarship (see requirements below), your cost could be $3,000-$3,450. Also keep in mind, in addition to Masa’s funding, there are other scholarships out there that many of our participants apply for which could lower the cost even more. For specific pricing details, check out our program provider comparison chart.

5. What’s included?
Housing, Hebrew classes, occasional trips around Israel, health insurance, and sometimes a bus pass for travel to your internship. Masa Israel offers additional optional weekend seminars and retreats.

6. What if I don’t see an internship I am interested on the site?
There is always the opportunity to customize an internship in your field. This means you work one-on-one with an internship coordinator to find the perfect opportunity for you. Our internship providers are always working to find new placements.

7. What is the difference between the providers?
The providers differ slightly in cost, location and start dates, and extracurricular activities. Particular housing styles vary too. Some providers use dorm-style housing, while others have apartments. Other differences include average participant age, structure of orientation and the size of the program cohort.

8. How much funding will I receive from Masa?
The amount of Masa funding that you will receive depends on your age, nationality and the length of your program.

To be eligible for a Masa Israel universal grant, you must:
• Be Jewish
• Be a graduate of a secondary school and/or between the ages of 18 and 30
• Not have Israeli citizenship OR if you do, you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving your grant
• Have not been on an organized program (including an academic program) of more than four months in Israel since September 2004

All post-college participants (21+) automatically receive a universal grant of:
• $3,000 for programs between 5 and 6.5 months
• $3,750 for programs between 7 and 9.5 months
• $4,500 programs between 10 and 12 months.
We also offer-needs based scholarships. You can apply either as a dependent or as an independent. See requirements:

Financially-dependent participants
Financially-dependent participants on Masa Israel-recognized programs of any length can apply for a need-based financial aid grant of up to $3,000 if they demonstrate that their families’ annual income does not exceed $22,500 per person. This is in addition to the general Masa grant.

OR
Financially-independent participants
Financially-independent participants on Masa Israel-recognized programs of any length can qualify for a need-based financial aid grant of up to $3,000 if they fit the following requirements:
• They present a notarized letter from their parents confirming their independence.
• They have an income of $45,000 or less per year and must provide proof of this income in the form of salary/pay slips for 6 months prior to the start of the Israel program
• They demonstrate fiscal independence by showing a housing lease with their names for at least six months prior to the start of the Israel program – college/university housing is not acceptable.
This is in addition to the general Masa grant.

9. What does the application process look like?
Visit our “How to Apply” page for step-by-step instructions on the application process.

10. When are the start dates?
Programs start throughout the year but most internship programs begin early September and February.

11. Besides Masa, are there more scholarships I can apply for?
Yes. We recommend contacting your local federation or synagogue, or the program itself. Check out our list of possible scholarships for Masa participants.

12. How far in advance can I apply?
It is never too early to start planning but generally it’s best to start 3-5 months in advance.

13. Can I apply if I’m not Jewish?
Many of these programs are open to everyone, but to receive funding through the Masa grant you must identify as Jewish.


14. Will I know my internship before I get to Israel?

In many cases you will know your internship before you get to Israel but sometimes companies require an in-person interview before accepting you as an intern.

15. What if I have other questions? What should I do?
Reach out to us! Here at Masa Israel Journey have a team who would love to help you by answering questions on the programs, the grant, or anything else call 1.866.864.3279 or email us.

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