Internship Project

New Spirit
Program Name: 
Internship Project
Grant Year: 
2011
Grant Type: 
Israel
Grant Amount: 
$195,000
Grant Purpose: 

Provide more than 2,000 university students in Jerusalem with practical work experiences through internships that will facilitate their entry into Jerusalem’s job market.

Description: 

Founded in 2003, New Spirit works to increase students’ connection to Jerusalem, reverse trends of negative migration of the young adult population, and keep the city of Jerusalem vibrant and prosperous. It engages in initiatives related to employment, culture, housing development, and community participation to help young adults remain and integrate into society. The organization is comprised of more than 15,000 members who are primarily students from local academic institutions.

The Internship Project provides 2,150 university students with practical work experience that enables them to more easily enter the job market and find jobs in Jerusalem.  It places students into 8 professional tracks that include Economics and Business; Hi-Tech; Government/Public Sector; Architecture and Design; Biomedical Industry; and Tourism. Upon completion of each internship, students are assisted in finding paid employment.

Grant Quote: 

In Jerusalem, we are suffering from the problem of centralization of jobs in the center of Israel and the migration of Jerusalem residents to Tel-Aviv. By investing in young minds in Jerusalem, we are building the future of the city, and trying to establish a strong economic center.”

Elisheva Mazya, CEO, New Spirit