Israel Entrepreneurship Internship Program
The Israel Entrepreneurship Internship Program, funded by the Regina Joglam Internship Program, with a focus on startups and technology opportunities, provides Brown students the opportunity to expand classroom knowledge to the world of business through an immersive professional experience in Israel, where the startup culture flourishes.
Through a partnership with the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, employers in Israel hold an internship position for Brown students to intern over the summer for 8-10 weeks. Selected students receive stipends of $5,500 to offset travel and living costs associated with taking the internship positions. Eligible students also receive a Summer Earnings Wavier (SEW) worth approximately $2900.
Students completing internships over the summer will have the opportunity to gather for networking events and participate in entrepreneurship-themed learning experiences.
The program application and 2020 participating employers will be released prior to the first day of classes of the spring 2020 semester.
Once internship positions are posted in the early spring semester students submit a resume and cover letter through Handshake for their first-choice company.
Application deadline: February 5, 2020
Following the application deadline, participating employers will review materials and schedule skype calls with candidates.
Eligibility: Currently enrolled students completing their first year, sophomore or junior year prior to start date of internship may apply for the program. Students from any concentration are eligible to participate. Student must be enrolled and taking courses as a Brown University undergraduate student in the spring semester before the internship and the fall semester following the internship
Students may not have previously received a LINK internship funding award or a funding award through a BrownConnect Signature summer internship program (CCG in NYC, iProv, Hong Kong BEO, etc).
Housing: Selected student interns will be expected to obtain suitable housing on their own. Host employers and program administrators will provide students with ideas for summer housing, however the responsibility is on the student to obtain necessary housing.
Program Dates: Internships will run 8-12 weeks from late May to late August. The employer will specify internship dates.
Stipend: $5,500 for all internships. Students categorized as “international” by the university may lose a percentage of the stipend to taxes.
Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW): Student on financial aid may be eligible for a “Summer Earnings Waiver” through this internship program.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I have many more questions about the Israel Entrepreneurship Internship Program, who can I ask?
A: Please contact Greg Seiler with BrownConnect at [email protected].
Q: Can I receive academic credit for the internship?
A: Brown does not offer academic credit for internships. Students may choose to work with an academic department and register for an independent study aligning with the internship experience in the semester following the internship.
Q: Are there language requirements to participate?
A: All internship positions will require English only, unless otherwise noted in the job description. Other language proficiencies may strengthen an applicant’s application.
Q: Do I need to interview for the internship?
A: Host employers and students are encouraged to meet via Skype or other video chat service for an interview. This is an opportunity for the employer to learn more about the student intern and for the student intern to learn more about the position and ask for any clarifications about the work involved.
Q: What information should I include in the cover letter?
A: The cover letter gives the employer a better understanding of who you are as a Brown student, young professional and individual. Although the focus of the statement should demonstrate your interest and qualifications for the positions, you may also want to mention other information about your interest in the host country, your career ambitions, how the internship aligns with your academic work and why this particular opportunity would be good fit for you professionally, academically and personally. Cover letters may be addressed to the “Hiring Manager.”
Q: Can I apply to more than one internship position?
A: You will be considered for your first choice of internship before any secondary choices. First choice applications will always be sent to employers. Second choice applications will only be sent if an employer does not receive a viable candidate from the first choice applicant pool. You will be contacted for a cover letter for your second choice employer only if requested by the employer.
Q: What if I do not have a passport or my passport is expiring this year?
A: You will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport upon acceptance to the program. Your passport should be valid for at least six months following the conclusion of the internship. Apply for a passport or renewal immediately. Do not wait to apply for a passport or passport renewal until you are accepted for an internship, as it may be too late to start the application process for a visa/work permit. Contact Greg at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Q: What are the working hours?
A: Interns are expected to work full-time during the dates of the internship. Hours may vary by employer. Interns are required to work the entire duration of the internship with any days off approved in advance by a supervisor. Students are encouraged to travel for tourism or pleasure before or after the internship and not during the internship.
Q: What if I am graduating before the summer internship?
A: To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled at Brown as a degree-seeking student in the fall semester following the summer internship.
Q: Can I change the dates of the internship or extend the internship dates?
A: Any changes must be approved by the program and the internship host employer.
Q: Do I need to obtain immunizations?
A: You should meet with a physician or travel clinic months before departure to inquire about immunization recommendations. Some immunizations require a series of shots or may take weeks or months to become effective. Start planning for immunizations at least six weeks before departure. You can view the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for Israel here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/israel
Q: Will I meet with other participants on the Israel Entrepreneurship Internship Program?
A: A pre-departure orientation will be held late in the spring semester for all participants on the program. The meeting will cover program expectations, travel preparation, and internship best practices. Participation at this pre-departure meeting is mandatory. We will also keep students updated on gatherings in Israel for students and alumni throughout the program.
Q: What if I need to leave early or quit my internship?
A: Whether initiated by the employer or the student, if an internship position is ended early you may be expected to return a prorated portion of the internship stipend. Please let your supervisor and the Internship Program know as soon as possible.
Q: Can I apply for funding for an internship or host employer not participating in the Israel Entrepreneurship internship program?
A: No. Your internship may be eligible to be funded through the LINK internship funding award.
Q: I already received funding from LINK, CCG in NYC, iProv, Media in LA or a different BrownConnect Signature program in a previous summer. Am I eligible for this program?
A: No. Students may not have previously received funding through the above internship programs to be eligible for the Israel Entrepreneurship Internship program
Q: What if I am studying abroad in the semester before the summer program?
A: As long as your semester ends with enough time to start your internship, students studying abroad may still participate. Exceptional preparedness and responsiveness will be required of the student to successfully schedule interviews and submit visa documentation.
Q: Do I need a visa to enter Israel?
A: This depends on your nationality. If you need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist, you will need to obtain a visa. Please contact staff as soon as possible once you are accepted to the program to begin the process.
Q: Can I apply to multiple BrownConnect Signature Programs?
A: As long as you have not previously received a BrownConnect Summer Internship award, through a Signature program or LINK award, you can apply to multiple signature programs for the upcoming summer. Follow the specific restrictions and process for each program.