Placements

Below is a sampling of the internship placements that Tikkun Olam currently offers. Our internship offerings are changing all the time, with new placements becoming available and specialized internships being arranged for participants with special skills or interests. Contact us to check about specific internship possibilities.

 

And when you're ready to get started, click here to apply now for Tikkun Olam!

 

Past participants have used their Tikkun Olam internships to fulfill academic requirements in college or university programs. Please let us know if you would like to do a Tikkun Olam internship as part of an academic program.

 


The Etty Hillesum Israeli Youth Theatre

The Etty Hillesum Israeli Youth Theatre is a unique and unprecedented project, through which teenagers who are growing up in an environment that doesn't allow for the pursuit of dreams and activities beyond basic existence are given the opportunity to fulfill a dream and experience all aspects of theater. Social values are embodied in the arts of theater and allow young people to collaborate, meet the best talents in the field and find passion, interest and commitment in their afternoon hours. The theater offers a solution for youth at risk across all society in accordance with each individual's abilities. In the Etty Hillesum Youth Theater, each boy or girl is able to experience all aspects of theater and professionalize in whichever field their heart desires. It is the students themselves who build, write, act, choose music and take part in every aspect of the production with the assistance of the teachers who work with them throughout the year. 

The project provides these marginalized youth with a stage to be seen and heard and to integrate into normative society using the tools they've acquired. At the end of the year, the students produce a show which is entirely created by them, from the play script to the costume designs. 


 

The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC)

ARDC was founded in 2004 by refugees and Israeli citizens to assist, support and empower refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. Interns at ARDC could perform a variety of tasks ranging from work in the education department, work with the nurseries, to work as a women’s empowerment intern.  Details of the positions can be found on the organization’s website. 

 

ARDC's website

 


Beit Dror

Beit Dror Is the first therapeutic emergency center for GLBT youth in Israel. "Dror" is a temporary shelter providing basic home conditions for nine adolescents (male or female), for a period of no longer than six months. Besides offering a safe home, a warm bed and meals, it also provides psychological and moral/social support, direction in finding future longer-term solutions, as well as enrichment and educational activities. The Tikkun Olam intern at Beit Dror will work with staff to ensure smooth daily functioning around the house along with working on fundraising and public relations with foundations outside of Israel. 

 

Beit Dror's website


Beit HaTfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People

More than a museum, this unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.

An opportunity for those interested in working in Jewish education, Jewish museums, Jewish youth movements and other organizations that focus on questions of Jewish identity to gain invaluable practical experience in the world of Jewish Peoplehood. From Beit Hatfutsot's experienced staff and vast resources, students will learn about the role of museums in creating and enhancing a sense of Jewish belonging.


BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture

BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture strives to strengthen Israel as a just, democratic, pluralistic society, by emphasizing cultural and communal aspects of Judaism.  BINA is one of Israel's leading organizations at the intersection of Jewish pluralism and social justice, offering secular and cultural Israelis and Jews a viable, vital option for exploring and expressing their Jewish and Zionist identities. BINA’s flagship project, the Secular Yeshiva, is the only non-orthodox study/service initiative of its kind in Israel today, breaking down the secular-religious dichotomy in Israel, and offering a place for young adults to tap into a global Jewish community partaking in pluralistic Jewish expression. BINA’s main programming consists of pluralistic Jewish service-learning programs for Israeli as well as international Jewish young adults. BINA also runs pluralistic Jewish learning programs for Israeli adults of all ages, seminars for Israeli soldiers, public school students, families and educators, and pluralistic Jewish cultural and holiday events and projects open to the community.

 

BINA Interns:

  • Assist with BINA’s external and public relations in English, sharing BINA’s vision and building connections with the broader Jewish world. Interns assist in writing and editing print media, newsletters, web content, social media content, etc.
  • Assist with BINA’s grant-writing efforts and projects, writing grants and researching new grant opportunities in the fields of religious pluralism and social justice.
  • Meet with international and Israeli visitors to BINA, sharing BINA’s vision and work, and potentially leading interactive study sessions and workshops on social justice and Jewish identity.

 

BINA's website


Center for the Blind

The Center for the Blind is a community and aide center for the blind and visually impaired.  Interns at the Center for the Blind may run a computer workshop for the center’s members, conduct regular home visits for the visually impaired, and potentially facilitate a group for the visually impaired.  Russian or Hebrew speakers preferred.  Degree in psychology or social work desired. 

 


The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism

The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism has three congregations (Beit Daniel, Mishkenot Ruth Daniel in Jaffa which is also a guest house and community center and Kehilat Halev in the center of Tel Aviv) that provide all life-cycle services (weddings, b’nai mitzvhot, etc.) and a myriad of community programming and education activities for both Israelis and Diaspora Jews. We have an established education department that provides Judaic instruction and curricula to Tel Aviv-Jaffa public schools reaching over 10,000 students and operates over 18 nursery schools, we run the largest non-Orthodox conversion school in Israel with 100 converts each year.  The Tikkun Olam Intern will work with our tour and seminar center in Jaffa and our fundraising and external relations department. 

 

The Daniel Centers' website


Etgarim

Etgarim is devoted to bringing extreme outdoor activities such as biking, sailing, and ropes course to people with special needs.  Interns with Etgarim will help out directly with children on tandem and hand bikes.  They will also help with fundraising and grantwriting work.  There is a need for fixing bikes and equipment if appropriate.

 

Etgarim's website

 


Hila For Equality in Education

Hila is an Israeli NGO working in grassroots education reform. They advocate for student and parent rights in education through establishing community centers and a hotline, running publications, holding parent meetings, and providing legal counsel and aid. Their work with student and parent rights involves fighting privatization of the school system and tracking; illegal parent fees; unfair placement in special education classes; and unsuitable resources, staff and/or facilities. Interning with Hila is flexible and can be shaped by the volunteers' strengths and interests. Current volunteers help maintain and update the English website, work on the quarterly newsletter, translate documents from Hebrew to English, and help at staff events.

 

 


IGY (Israeli Gay Youth)

IGY: Israeli Gay Youth is a national organization serving LGBT youth and young adults throughout Israel. We are a grassroots organization serving over 3,000 LGBT young people through our diverse activities. Our work consists of weekly meetings, leadership initiatives, support groups, social clubs and social change initiatives. In the past year we have expanded our work greatly to reach out to marginalized populations within the LGBT community geographically, socially and culturally. Our weekly activities now take place in over 30 municipalities from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south. We have also developed specialized programming for underrepresented segments of our community including Ethiopian, transgender and Arab young people.

IGY interns will create written materials, assist in organizing meetings and tours for donors, update content on the website, research relevant grant making bodies, run creative fundraising campaigns and more. 

 

IGY's Website


The Jaffa Institute

The Jaffa Institute provides educational, recreational and social enrichment programs which enhance the self-esteem and academic performance of each child in their care, thereby enabling them to succeed academically and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the greater South Tel Aviv area. Interns at the Jaffa Institute will work under the grants coordinators and work on grant writing and helping to run Birthright volunteer days with the organization.

 

The Jaffa Institute's website


The Lone Soldier Center
The Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin is a grassroots, Israeli non-profit organization created by former lone soldiers in order to assist the next generation of lone soldiers in all aspects of life, in the military and out. With over 250 volunteers, mostly former lone soldiers, the Center builds a community of lone soldiers that will support its members.
Interns at the Lone Soldier Center will help with daily running of the center, administrative tasks, and running events for the lone soldiers. 
 
 

Kav LaOved - Worker's Hotline

Kav LaOved is a non-profit organization which aims to protect the rights of the most disadvantaged workers in Israel, addressing violations through individual assistance, advocacy, outreach and more. 

Interns will help with research regarding labor law and worker's rights aas well as marketing and grant applications.


Mesila

Mesila is the municipal service agency for the migrant worker community.  Interns at Mesila would conduct intakes and provide referrals for clients.  They could also help escort clients to hospitals, municipal offices and the police station. Interns will also volunteer at one of the unrecognized pre-schools that Mesila works with.  Interns at Mesila must have a high level of reading, writing and speaking in Hebrew and English.  

 

Mesila's website


OneVoice

OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifes the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.

Interns at OneVoice will gain important experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing, social media and other tasks. 

This is a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most established pro-peace lobby groups in Israel.

 

OneVoice's website

 


The Peres Center for Peace

The Peres Center for Peace is Israel leading non-profit organization promoting peace building between Israel and its Arab neighbors, particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. Interns at The Peres Center for Peace will help with fundraising and building relationships with the foreign media.

 

The Peres Center's website


Reut Sadaka

Reut Sadaka is an organization which is made up of both Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, who believe in promoting joint partnerships for change through grassroots dialogue and leadership development programs, creating a new generation of young activists.

Interns at Reut Sadaka is looking for an intern to help with fundraising, grant writing, and project development, as well as helping with the day-to-day running of the organization. There will also be a chance to assist the youth development groups themselves.

 

Reut Sadaka's website


Save a Child's Heart (SACH)

Save a Child's Heart is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries.  SACH achieves this work by bringing children with heart disease from the developing world to undergo heart surgery in Israel along with training doctors from those countries to perform such surgeries.  Interns at SACH will be working both directly with the children before or after their surgeries running programs and enrichment activities for them.  They will also help with administrative work helping to run the SACH office.

 

SACH's website


Tel Aviv Rape Crisis Center

The Tel Aviv Rape Crisis Center’s mission is to encourage awareness of sexual abuse in our society and to support survivors to reclaim their lives.  Tikkun Olam interns at the Tel Aviv Rape Crisis Center help with event planning for major fundraising events and grant writing. 

 

The Rape Crisis Center's website


Windows

Windows: Channels for Communication is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization that strives for a future based on human rights, liberty, dignity, equality and democracy. They believe that because both nations have lived and developed in this land, both nations have the right to be here as equals. Tikkun Olam interns with Windows would help with fundraising, support in putting together a lecture series, and helping to translate the newsletter if possible.

 

Windows' website