African Refugee Development Center (ARDC)
The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by refugees and Israeli citizens to assist, support and empower refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. The ARDC seeks to ensure access to basic social services, and to facilitate refugee and asylum seeker integration, self-sufficiency and ownership in matters affecting their lives. The ARDC advocates for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and for a humane and fair Israeli asylum policy. It divides its work between individual counseling, humanitarian aid, education, community development, awareness raising and policy initiatives.
To date, the ARDC has served over 4,000 refugees and asylum seekers from countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast, just to name a few. Of these individuals, an estimated 3,500 received emergency humanitarian assistance, such as, accommodation, medical care and trauma counselling. A significant majority was also counseled about the asylum procedure, employment and housing opportunities and received psychosocial support. In addition, in 2009 more than 500 refugees and asylum seekers accessed educational and support services, such as, language tuition, through our Refugee Education Center.
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
Established in 1972, ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. An independent and non-partisan organization, ACRI’s mandate is to ensure Israel’s accountability and respect for human rights, by addressing violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere.
ACRI is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.
Since its inception, ACRI has been consistently successful in bringing precedent-setting litigation to the Supreme Court and has contributed significantly to the protection of human rights in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. ACRI has built a solid reputation for professionalism and integrity and is widely respected within the legal community, among decision makers, the media, and the public-at-large. This reputation enhances ACRI’s ability to make a real and lasting difference.
Link to internship: for international legal internships e-mail Dana Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org. For non-legal international internships e-mail Libby Lenkinski at email@example.com.
Alliance Center for Iranian Studies (at TAU)
The Center for Iranian Studies (CIS) is an interdisciplinary research center, focusing on promotion of knowledge and understanding of Iran. The CIS also seeks to advance research pertaining to the Jews of Iran throughout history under the auspices of the Dr. Habib Levy Program.
Through innovative research, conferences, colloquia and lectures by local and visiting scholars, the Center hopes to promote exchanges across a variety of disciplines among scholars who focus on various aspects of Iranian studies, including among others history, society, religion and Iran's regional and global status.
Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement
Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Gisha promotes rights guaranteed by international and Israeli law.
Gisha, whose name means both "access" and "approach," uses legal assistance and public advocacy to protect the rights of Palestinian residents. Because freedom of movement is a precondition for exercising other basic rights, Gisha’s work has a multiplier effect in helping residents of the occupied territories access education, jobs, family members and medical care.
As part of its legal work, Gisha represents individuals and organizations in Israeli administrative proceedings and courts. Gisha’s legal activity is based on Israeli law, international human rights and humanitarian law.
Gisha does not have a set internship program. However, the organization welcomes interns on a need-basis, or those who propose projects that fit within the mission statement of Gisha. Interns need to write a cover letter and provide an updated C.V. to Tania Hary (see below for contact information). Preferably, interns speak English as a mother tongue and have proficiency in Hebrew. (Office business is conducted in Hebrew and thus the experience will be more enriching for an individual who is able to follow activities in Hebrew.)
Haaretz Newspaper (English Website)
The internship is on the Haaretz.com desk, which is responsible for the Haaretz English website. Interns commit to a minimum of two months, for at least two shifts a week, and must produce at least two articles for the website during their time there. (www.haaretz.com)
The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) is the German green foundation affiliated with the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens = Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). The Heinrich Böll Stiftung has been funding projects in Israel since 1992, and the office in Tel Aviv opened in 1998. The work in Israel takes place in the complex and multidimensional context of German-Jewish relations, German-Israeli relations and the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflict.
An internship at hbs allows one to experience the daily work of our foundation and to familiarize oneself with diverse social change organizations in Israel. Internship positions are usually available for a period of three months, four days a week. We offer internship opportunities for college and graduate students focusing on our project areas:
• Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development,
• Women’s Rights and Gender Democracy,
• Strengthening Civil Society and Democratic Participation,
• Foreign and Security Policy
• German-Israeli Relations
Link to internship application page: http://www.boell.org.il/web/109.html
Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) is an independent academic institute that studies key issues relating to Israel's national security and Middle East affairs. Through its mixture of researchers with backgrounds in academia, the military, government, and public policy, INSS is able to contribute to the public debate and governmental deliberation of leading strategic issues and offer policy analysis and recommendations to decision makers and public leaders, policy analysts, and theoreticians, both in Israel and abroad. As part of its mission, it is committed to encourage new ways of thinking and expand the traditional contours of establishment analysis.
Conceiving of security studies as a dynamic interdisciplinary field that involves military, intellectual, economic, and social resources, the Institute strives to reflect that diversity and complexity through research and policy recommendations of the highest standard. Complementing the traditional areas of defense, security doctrine, and politics, INSS has expanded its focus to include the “softer” components of national security, such as domestic trends and social processes.
Those who meet our requirements will be positioned in Max Security’s Intelligence Division (MSI), working alongside our veteran risk consultants and intelligence analysts. Interns will gain valuable exposure to the inner workings of a private consulting firm, including:
• Gathering relevant information by utilizing multiple sources • Monitoring security-related events taking place in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. • Providing research and analysis for in-depth reports. • Assisting in product development and marketing. • Learning about the integration of on ground operations and intelligence • Standout interns who excel and meet hiring terms may become eligible for future employment.
Send resumes and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
Moshe Dayan Center for the Middle Eastern and African Studies (at TAU)
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the modern history and contemporary affairs of the Middle East and Africa. The Center does not take positions or recommend policies. Through research, publications, conferences, documentary collections, and public service, it seeks to inform civil society and promote dialogue on the complexities of the ever-changing Middle East. In doing so, the Center hopes to advance peace through understanding.
The Center's origins lie in the Reuven Shiloah Institute, first established in 1959 under the auspices of the Israel Oriental Society. In 1965, the Shiloah Institute was incorporated into Tel Aviv University. In 1983, the University established the Moshe Dayan Center, which combined the Shiloah Institute and documentation units dealing with the Middle East. Generous friends of the late Moshe Dayan raised the endowment necessary to establish and sustain the Center. The Center is part of the School of History and the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University.
Link to internship information: http://www.dayan.org/frameint.htm
The Arab Jewish Community Center in Jaffa
The AJCC was established in 1993 with the goal of bringing Jews and Arabs in Israel together and educating towards understanding and cooperation between the two nations. The Center operates as an affiliate of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality and honors the values of humanism and equality, promoting new models advancing educational and social goals. Its location in the heart of a mixed city allows it to serve as a unique meeting ground for adherents of three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
The center has various ties with countries across the globe, including the United States, France, Germany, England, and Ireland. Within the framework of these ties, the Center hosts various groups that visit Israel from abroad. The AJCC also initiates collaborative projects in the fields of education and culture.
The Center is open from 8 A.M to 8 P.M., catering to upwards of 3,000 members.
The AJCC operates in four main areas:
• Enrichment and Educational Activities for Children: The Center conducts morning programs to meet and supplement school curricula and offers after-school and evening programs for older children and youth, including courses aimed at helping students prepare for matriculation and university entrance exams. • Workshops and Enrichment: During the afternoon and evening hours the Center offers a wide variety of social and cultural classes and activities for all age groups, including: art, dance, Eastern and Western music, sports, adult education, and languages. • Coexistence and Democracy: Working to help create an authentic dialogue between Jews and Arabs in Israel, the AJCC conducts ongoing coexistence activities and special events for adults as well as children. • Social Welfare: The Center sponsors programs to support disadvantaged families, and special-needs children in neighborhood schools. Moreover, the Center conducts community events and partnerships with social and philanthropic bodies working in and outside Jaffa.
The Jaffa Institute/Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa
The Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa (The Jaffa Institute) was established in 1982 as a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to create a new reality for thousands of underprivileged Israeli children from Jaffa, South Tel Aviv and Bat Yam. Residing in poverty stricken neighborhoods where the majority of parents and caregivers are unemployed, these children are physically and emotionally undernourished and too often suffer from neglect and/or abuse. Violence, crime, and poverty are the norm and what these children can expect for their futures, unless intervention is taken.
Looking for volunteers once a week for an English language tutoring programme in Jaffa primary schools sponsored by the Institute for the advancement of Education in Jaffa.
The Institute is a not-for-profit private organisation providing enrichment programmes for school aged children (Jewish and Arab) in Jaffa. The English language program operates four days a week,
Monday through Thursday, at four different primary schools in the mid-afternoon hours for an hour and a half, with volunteers working with the same two to three children aged 10 to 12, each week. The
program is conducted entirely in English and teaching materials and on the job assistance is provided. No prior experience is required.
Link to internship information: Marc Schoen 972 (0) 54-7552014; email@example.com.
For other volunteer opportunities: http://www.jaffainstitute.org/get-involved-2/volunteer-opportunities; Tel: +972 -3 -683 -2626, or contact Avril Tabachnik: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shatil: Leading Social Change Shatil was founded by the New Israel Fund to help build and strengthen civil society in Israel. The organization works for social change together with activists, organizations, networks, grass-roots groups and social movements in Israel and worldwide. We aspire toward a society based on equality of all citizens and residents of Israel – a society that believes in the principles of social, economic and environmental justice and works to achieve them; a society that promotes human and civil rights, respects religious and cultural differences, and recognizes the importance of shared society.
Through the platforms of written and visual expression, and community activism, Women's Voices Now (WVN) fosters and enhances the international dialogue on women’s rights and encourages engagement from a worldwide audience.
Through its inaugural project, Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival, the WVN website hosts 98 films from 40 countries and supports an online, interactive community of commentary and discussion by contributors from a wide range of national, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Because of WVN, scores of previously unheard women now speak directly to each other and to a global audience, helping them become catalysts for change in their societies and beyond.
WVN is now gearing up for a second film festival, and it will soon launch a number of new projects.