Employer FAQ

What is Israel by Design?

Israel by Design is a tailor-made program designed to match each individual’s specific interests. Many of our participants are searching for professional work experience and join us on a 2-10 month internship. Participants who come for an internship come from all around the world to gain experience in their chosen career paths. Israel by Design is run by Israel Experience, a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency and if a participant comes on a program for 4+ months, it is considered a Masa Israel Journey accredited program.

Who participates in Israel by Design?

The majority of our participants are college graduates from all over the world between the ages of 21-30. Our participants are mainly native English speakers, but all of them speak English at a professional level.

How does it work?

Each intern on Israel by Design is vetted by our registration team and a professional internship placement coordinator to ensure they are fit for the program. Once the participant is accepted, they work one-on-one with their internship coordinator to determine the best-fit internship placement for them.

Once the participant has determined a field they would like to pursue, the coordinator provides them with a list of internships from our database with a complete job description and details of the company or organization. The intern chooses their top three choices and sends their CV. If the company decides to move forward with the intern, the company and the intern are connected for a phone or Skype interview. If both sides decide it is a good fit, we have our match.

If an intern is placed at your company, you will be in contact with the internship placement coordinator. The coordinator will come to your office on a site visit to sit down with you and the intern to assure both expectations are being met. Additionally, you and the intern will be asked to complete an evaluation and discuss how the intern can make the most out of the remainder of the time you have together.

What does it cost me?

All Israel by Design internships for tourists is unpaid. The only cost for you is a monthly bus pass, per each month the intern is with your company. You are more than welcome to provide the intern with lunch and or a 10bis card, but it is not required.

What does Israel by Design provide the intern?

We provide the intern with housing, medical insurance (including workplace accidents), 24/7 staff support by madrichim, trips, educational seminars, a Hebrew course, and an internship coordinator.

Expectations of host companies include:

  • Projects and tasks – the intern should be provided with meaningful tasks and assignments appropriate for his or her time frame in the company and language skills that match what was discussed in the interview
  • Mentorship – the intern should be assigned a staff person who will be his or her supervisor throughout the internship and has the ability to be their mentor. This is the most crucial piece to the internship’s success
  • Weekly Check-Ins – the intern should have a meeting once a week with the mentor or project supervisor to go over assignments and answer any questions they might have
  • Workspace – interns should have a designated workspace
  • Public transportation – each company should provide the intern with a chofshi chodshi (monthly bus pass) to transport to and from work

How many hours/days does the intern work?

Our program requires the intern to work 28-35 hours per week. The company should decide with the intern how many days a week the intern should come into the office.

Do the interns speak Hebrew?

The interns have varying levels of Hebrew. Most have limited Hebrew, but there are some with higher levels and a few that are even fluent. Throughout the internship programs, interns will be attending an Ulpan at a local Ulpan branch.

What is the likelihood an intern will be placed with me?

While our database has over 3,000 companies, we are always looking for new opportunities to work with great companies. Please keep in mind that the majority of submissions are for marketing and social media. Due to supply and demand, it is less likely that you will receive an intern for this field.
Note: it is important for your company to stand out for a better chance of receiving an intern. In addition to a job description, please inform them of the benefits they will receive while interning at your company. For instance: What meetings or conferences can they be involved in? What experiences will they get with you that they might not receive anywhere else?

Benefits of hosting an intern:

  • Enthusiastic interns bring fresh ideas to the office
  • You might find your next full-time employee
  • Our interns are professional and eager to learn, providing more value to your company
  • You are providing young adults from around the world, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their field, while they live in Israel.

Tips for hosting an intern:

  • Give the intern a fulfilling and enriching experience
  • Assign a mentor to intern, as it has shown to increase candidate inclusion and later on retention
  • Provide the intern with an overview of the company and department
  • Help form relationships between the intern and other staff members
  • Provide the intern with relevant reading material, brochures, websites and/or materials that can help them prepare for their internship
  • Set specific workdays and hours with them
  • If applicable, provide the intern with a desk, workspace, computer, phone, email, and entry pass if needed for the building

Apply for an Israel by Design intern at your company here!