Summer Global Internship Program in Israel

berkeley global internship in israel over pic of haifa

About the Program

The Summer Berkeley Global Internship Program in Haifa was launched in 2022 as a partnership between the Helen Diller Institute, Yahel Israel, and the UC Berkeley Study Abroad Office. Participants in the Global Internship Program gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in a social sector field of interest. Generally, participants intern at local nonprofits, public projects and grassroots organizations working in the fields of social change, such as women's rights, education, or immigration. Participants also earn six academic credits through two mandatory courses taken during the program — one in the classroom and one consisting of weekly educational field trips. Substantial scholarships are available to all admitted students (including non-UC Berkeley students) to assist with flight costs, living expenses, and program fees, courtesy of the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.

This program is made possible by the support of the Helen Diller Foundation and other generous donors as part of the Helen Diller Institute’s Cross-Bay Israel Studies Initiative.

About Haifa

The Global Internship program in Israel will be based in the beautiful coastal city of Haifa. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and is unique in its diversity including a large Arab population, immigrant populations from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, and many others. This program will offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in this multicultural city and engage with Israel off the beaten path.


Please visit the Berkeley Study Abroad website to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Gordan, the Helen Diller Institute’s Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programs, at

“This experience has just been monumental. I compare it to every other great experience I have ever had and it stands the test. Going to the Western Wall and parts of Jerusalem is like walking on 3,000 years of history. It is so profound to learn about the history that has built what you see, and the contemporary politics and controversies. It is an immense experience. I just want to say that I compare it to every other amazing experience I have had and this one continues to just stand out.”

—2022 Global Internship Program Participant

Program Details


Late June – Early August
For more specific dates, please visit the Berkeley Study Abroad website.


  • Course N100G-003: Israeli Politics & Society: Israel's Minorities (3 units)

  • Course N100G-004: Studying Israel’s History Through Excursions (3 units)

All courses are taught in English.


  • Students will live in shared accommodations in central Haifa, Israel.

  • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.

  • Students will be housed with other program participants in shared rooms of 2 students per room. Please note that at this residence, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


  • Currently enrolled in a degree program at any four-year university or have graduated within the last 12 months 
  • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • At least 18 years old at the time of application