IIP Placements in Israel
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Economic Cooperation Foundation
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF) is a policy planning think-tank dedicated to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution; to promote peace, security and prosperity for Israel and its Arab neighbors; and to promote Middle East regional stability. ECF's flagship project was a 1991 European Community program that became the blueprint for the Oslo negotiations. The director of ECF led the Oslo negotiations in their first phase, paving the way to the conclusion of the Oslo Accords, on September 13, 1993. Ever since, ECF has been involved with and contributed to all peace efforts, including the recent renewal of Palestinian negotiations on July 30, 2013. ECF seeks to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and help promote conflict resolution both from the top down and from the bottom up. In doing so, ECF has been called on by all Israel governments--left, right and center; and works closely with all relevant players from the region and beyond, including the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as the U.S., Europe and international and multilateral organizations. The ECF is a non-partisan and non-profit organization. IIP interns' responsibilities differ according to specific projects which could vary from economic development issues for West Bank and Gaza, to regional cooperation with Jordan and Egypt, and security-related arrangements. IIP interns' assignments will include conducting independent research, editing policy proposals and recommendations, drafting briefs/memos on specific issues, contributing to fundraising efforts, and participating in brainstorming sessions with leading experts inn medium-to-long term policy planning, track-II diplomacy, conflict resolution and crisis management. IIP candidates with interests in politics, conflict resolution studies, political economy, Middle East and regional studies, and security studies are encouraged to apply. Skills in Hebrew and/or Arabic would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
The Israel Religious Action Center
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. IIP interns will learn about many of the challenges facing Israeli society today and take an active role in IRAC’s efforts to build a more just, tolerant, and pluralistic Israeli society. As an integral member of the resource development and overseas communications department, the IIP interns will participate in communicating IRAC’s vision and current activities to the diaspora by helping write and produce content for IRAC’s newsletters, website, online social networks, and blog. The interns will also gain experience in creating online petitions and letter writing campaigns and participate in producing issue papers and press releases. In addition to working in the IRAC offices, IIP interns will have the unique opportunity to observe IRAC’s staff arguing in the Supreme Court and lobbying in the Knesset. S/he will also be able to participate in Freedom Rides and engage in direct social action. IIP candidates should have interests in Middle Eastern affairs and communications. Skills in Hebrew would be an asset but are not required. Graphic design skills would also be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.