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If your job search is longer than you expected, take a temporary job in the meantime.

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My temping work story

In the spring of 1998, I was living in a small studio in Jerusalem's German Colony after having made aliya and moving to Israel in January of that year. Having over 6 months to kill before I would be recruited into the Israeli army and with my savings dwindling, a temporary job offer came out of nowhere…

Conducting telephone surveys.

Yip-pee, was my first thought.

As I had just received my Bachelor's of Science in computer science, this temp job seemingly had nothing to do with my tech career plans. Plus, it didn't sound like fun – more like the opposite – and I didn't think that I'd learn anything useful.

Should I have taken the job?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Why is temping often a good job search idea?

Some benefits of temping that I should have considered…

1) Improved odds

By opening yourself up to the temporary job market, you increase your chances of getting a job, period.

2) Networking

Whether at temporary job placement agencies or at the hiring companies, temp jobs are a good way to meet new people, grow your job search network and build up references.

3) Money

A little income is better than none and some countries allow you to take temp jobs while still receiving unemployment benefits.

4) Experience

A temp job can be the quickest way to get some experience in a field you're lacking.

5) Experiment

A temp job can let you try out a new career direction, especially for people who aren't sure what their profession should be.

6) Motivation

Being productive in a work role will keep your spirits up and help you otherwise avoid job search depression.

7) Free training

Temporary placement agencies are responsible for sending qualified temps to client companies. As a result, the placement agencies will often train the candidates they think can do the temp job.

8) Flex time

Many temp jobs are part-time, leaving your schedule partly open to continuing with your longer-term job search.

9) Employer tryouts

A temp job is a great way to learn about a company from the inside, helping you to decide if you even want to be a full-time employee there.

10) Easier to hire

Costing less than full-time employees, temps are appealing to companies in hard times. “Lowering your barrier to entry” means that as a temp you could get hired by a company that couldn't afford to hire you otherwise.

11) Full time job offer

The “temp-to-hire” situation is when a company brings in temps to test their skills in filtering candidates for full hiring. Another nice situation is where the company is so happy with your temp results that they decide to offer you a full time job.

Do temporary jobs improve workers' long-term labor market performance?

A 2007 survey tried to answer the above question and discovered 4 more advantages of temp jobs:

12) Temporary job workers subsequently do better in the labor market.

13) Temporary job workers have a higher chance of subsequently working for higher wage firms.

14) Temporary job workers provide a productive stepping stone to more stable employment.

15) Temporary job workers can develop useful job skills.

Back to my story

I didn't take the telephone survey job… at first.

But I thought it over and realized that all things considered, the pay was good for the work in question and I was only needed part-time; there would be no mind-numbing 8-hour days on the phone.

Finally, since the job offer arrived without requiring any more effort on my part, I changed my mind and did take it in the end.

Turns out I was right and wrong. The job really wasn't fun, but I did learn a few useful things and more importantly, met a lot of new people in growing my future job search network.

And if it hadn't gone well, there was no need to mention the temp job on my resume anyway.

What others are saying

Bonus: 16) Use temp jobs to quickly find a job in a new place

What 40 temp jobs taught me. - YouTube

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Take a break with these funny job search-themed Super Bowl ads.

Quick tip: if a video doesn't work in your country, replace “youtube” with “youpak” in the url.


Super Bowl LII Amazon.com 2018 “Did Alexa lose her voice?”

Alexa Loses Her Voice – Amazon Super Bowl LII Commercial - YouTube

Super Bowl LI TurboTax 2017 “David Ortiz New Job”

TurboTax - David Ortiz New Job (Super Bowl 2017 Teaser) - YouTube

Super Bowl XLV CareerBuilder 2011 “Parking Lot”

Careerbuilder 2011 Super Bowl Ad "Parking Lot" - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIV CareerBuilder 2010 “Job Fairy”

CareerBuilder "JobFairy" - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIV CareerBuilder 2010 “Office Fart”

Super Bowl 2010 Commercial - Career Builder Office Fart - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIV CareerBuilder 2010 “Casual Fridays”

[HD] Exclusive Career Builder Casual Friday 2010 SuperBowl 44 XLIV Commercial Ad - YouTube

Super Bowl XXXVIII Monster 2006

Super Bowl XXXVIII Commercial - Monster Jobs - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIV Monster 2010 “Fiddling Beaver” (Extended)

Monster.com Fiddling Beaver Official Super Bowl Ad Extended - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIII CareerBuilder 2009 “Tips”

CareerBuilder com Tips ;60 Superbowl XLIII in game Spot Ad - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIII Monster 2009 “Doubletake”

Funny Monster.com commercial ad advertisement for Superbowl 2009 xliii xl111 43 forty three monster - YouTube

Super Bowl XLIII Pepsi Max 2009 “Job Interview”

Super Bowl Commercial-Pepsi Max Job Interview - YouTube

Super Bowl XLII CareerBuilder 2008 “Wish”

wish upon a star career builder ad - YouTube

Super Bowl XLII CareerBuilder 2008 “Heart Quits”

Career Builder.com Super Bowl Commercial - Heart Quits - YouTube

Super Bowl XLII CareerBuilder 2008 “By Four”

Career Builder Superbowl Commercial - YouTube

Super Bowl XLI CareerBuilder 2007 “Wild Jungle”

Career Builder Wild Jungle Super Bowl Commercial - YouTube

Super Bowl XLI CareerBuilder 2007 “Wild Jungle” (2)

career builder super bowl XLI commercial - YouTube

Super Bowl 2009 Commercial CareerBuilder.com, Time for a New Job

CareerBuilder.com Super Bowl Ad Time for a New Job (in HD) - YouTube

Walmart Super Bowl 2014 TV Commercial, ‘Career Opportunities'

Walmart Super Bowl 2014 TV Commercial, 'Career Opportunities' - YouTube

2012 Super Bowl Commercial – CareerBuilder Monkeys

2012 Super Bowl Commercial - Monkeys CareerBuilder - YouTube

2012 Super Bowl Commercial – CareerBuilder Monkey Business

CareerBuilder.com: Monkey Business (Up - Down Profitability) - YouTube

CareerBuilder Commercial: Performance Evaluation

Career Builder Commercial: Performance Evaluation - YouTube

Question of the article

My favorites are “Job Interview”, “Tips” and “Time for a new job.” What are yours? Tell us in the comments.

If you liked this article, you’ll enjoy my Top 10 Best Job Ads of the World.

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The only list of internships in Israel you'll need this year.

Photo by Arno Smit

Quit googling “israel internships summer 2018”. If you're considering an internship in Israel in 2018, you've come to the right place.

Not only does this article have the longest list of internships, it has answers to common questions, success stories to inspire you and help you choose, and even a downloadable spreadsheet you can use to keep track of your applications.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

How to use this list

Start by downloading your spreadsheet copy (will open in a new browser tab).

Next, go through the internships list below, using the spreadsheet to note which programs to apply for, and later, track your progress.

Keep in mind as you go through the list is that while some of the internships listed below are paid, many have significant fees to cover besides airfare and living expenses.

Even if your parents can help out or you can dip into some of your own savings, it might not be enough. So…

How will you fund your Israel internship?

Here are some ideas on how to pay your way:

  1. Grants – for example, many of the internships listed here allow you to cover at least part of your fees with a Masa grant
  2. Funds and scholarships – apply for funds and scholarships, such as Keith Berman's fund. Also, many of the organizations listed offer their own scholarships.
  3. Crowdfunding – crowdfund your internship using Gofundme like Molly did

Other questions and remarks I've had:

Any internships for non-Jews?

Many of the internships do specifically say they're aimed at Jews, but not all. If you're not Jewish, avoid organizations that specifically mention Judaism or Zionism in their name or internship description. If you take a look at the success stories, you'll see a few are from non-Jews.

The internship I want is no longer available, or the deadline has passed.

If there's an internship that interests you but the application deadline has passed, you should still reach out to the organization. On the one hand, there may be some flexibility if the application deadline was recent. On the other hand, last minute cancellations mean open spots for you.

Ultimately, the list is like a job board. It's up to the organizations featured to update about any changes to their listings.

Israel internship success stories

Get a taste of past interns' experiences by reading their stories:

A Chinese student interned at IN-VENT, a startup co-working space in Haifa:

Israel summer internship 2017 - YouTube

On to the list…

Spring and Summer 2018 internships

TopIsraelInterns.com – “provides prestigious internships in a wide variety of fields and professions. Their 6-week Summer programs, and 5-month programs (Spring, or Fall), are perfect for those looking to boost their career, and enter the job market. Explore their internship options today.” TBD- Summer 2018: $3500 USD (including accommodations) Or: $1900 USD (if you wish to find other accommodations). Spring Session – January 17, 2018 – June 7, 2018: City – $7500 USD excluding Masa grant, $3000 – $4500 including Masa grant, or Suburban – $5,950 USD excluding Masa grant, $1,500-$3,00 USD including Masa grant.

Top Israel Interns - Stories - YouTube

WUJS Israel – “over 400 customized internship and arts placements. Options include: high tech, medical research, journalism, TV, new media, marketing, human rights, politics, photography, film production, visual arts and more. As a WUJS intern you’ll learn Hebrew in our private Ulpan, and learn more about the country with weekly trips exploring different areas and themes in Israeli culture. You’ll also develop friendships with Israeli students who also join the program’s activities.” WUJS INTERN/ART SPRING 2018 SEMESTER: January 10, 2018 – June 4, 2018. TEL AVIV INTERN: $7,950 ( Only $4,950- With Masa Grant). TEL AVIV ART: $8,300 ( Only $5,300 With Masa Grant). HAIFA INTERN $4950 (Only $2,000- With Masa Grant). HAIFA ART $5,250 (Only $2,250 With Masa Grant). Discount: $200 off if you've previously attended a Young Judaea camp or went on a YJ Israel program.

WUJS Israel Internship - YouTube

Clinical Data Programming Internship – TechnoSTAT is a cutting-edge Ra'anana-based clinical research firm that offers a wide range of services to global biomedical companies. If you are interested in data and clinical research, this 3-month (mid-July through mid-October 2018) internship is right for you. Interns who excel in the internship may be offered a full-time position at the conclusion of the internship. Interns will receive a stipend and local travel expenses are covered. To apply, start by registering for one of the testing dates by writing to intern@technostat.co.il.

Livnot Galilee Trek & Connect – Livnot, in partnering with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Onward Israel, is offering a community service program in the heart of the Galilee. You will be involved in various archaeological and volunteering activities that will let you explore Israel’s ancient past, impact its present, and preserve its future. Connect with the diverse population of northern Israel and your own personal and Jewish identity.

AMIRIM – The WUJS Summer Experience – The perfect blend of structure and freedom to explore Israel on your own. You choose the length! 4 or 8 week options. You choose the location! Tel Aviv, Bat Yam and Jerusalem. Option to combine Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in one summer. Rich itinerary of inspiring day and overnight tours relating to Judaism, Israel and the Middle East. Live in apartments with Israeli students your own age! Registration for Amirim 2018 will open in November 2017.

Taglit Birthright Israel's Business Experience Program – a 10-week internship program for students pursuing careers in business and technology. Candidates who are accepted into the program are assigned to an internship in Israel in fields such as finance, venture capital, consulting, and technology. Throughout the summer internship, Fellows can expect to gain in-depth knowledge and experience from high-level executives. Birthright Israel Excel Fellows become an integral part of the team in the office.

Abraham Hostels & Tours Programs – Started by a group of international travelers and backpackers, Abraham Hostels & Tours was founded in Jerusalem in order to create a home for independent travelers in Israel and the Middle East. Our vision is to provide an exceptional traveling experience for independent travelers – from backpackers to couples, families and small groups. We aim to meet all needs of backpacking globetrotters, from an affordable bed and trustworthy tours to travel information, language classes, bike rentals and memorable in-house events. A number of internships in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Nazareth (“the Jesus Trail”) are offered in the tourism and travel industries, with work related to project management, marketing, photography and more. Accommodation is provided and local travel fees are covered.

The TAMID Group Fellowship – a competitive, 8-week summer internship program that provides outstanding TAMID Group leaders with the opportunity to work with host companies in Israel while living in Tel Aviv. TAMID Fellows come from a range of backgrounds, including business, computer science, and liberal arts. What they have in common is a strong track record, inside and outside the classroom, and a desire to tackle and complete substantive business projects that will contribute to their company’s growth. Past projects addressed challenges such as pricing strategy, supply chain, market research, digital marketing web development, beta testing, competitor analysis, financial modeling, and more.

Facebook Data Scientist, Analytics Intern (Tel Aviv Summer 2018) – The internship experience involves a training period, a project owned by the intern under mentorship of a Facebook Data Scientist, followed by a period working as a full-time Data Scientist. You will apply your expertise in quantitative analysis and data mining to understand how our users interact with our core/business products, identify trends and opportunities, and influence the direction of the product team.

Tel Aviv University International Summer Internship Program – In the current competitive global environment, experiencing different cultures is an investment for your future. Tel Aviv University International invites you to immerse yourself in our excellent academic program and intern in Tel Aviv, one of the world's most exciting cities, all while experiencing the real Israeli lifestyle! Program Length: 7 weeks. Language of Instruction: English. Tuition: $2,000. Application Deadline: March 15, 2018. Program Dates: First session- June 10th – July 29th, 2018.

Israel Tech Challenge – Our interns work as software developers at Israel's leading technology companies. Gain the skills you need to launch a successful career in tech. Enjoy a paid internship in one of Israel's top tech companies (expect around 5,500-6,000 NIS per month). Join an international experience for excellent computer science / Software Development students. (May 21st – August 2nd  2018, Tel Aviv) Compensation: $2,500

Israel Tech Challenge Interns - YouTube

Summer in Jerusalem – An amazing opportunity for college students to live, learn and work in Jerusalem. Join us as we create an exciting social and religious summer community in the heart of the Old City! OU/JLIC educators Rabbi Elie and Miriam Schwartz will be spending the summer together with you in Jerusalem, and they are joining up with the teaching staff of Orayta and World Mizrachi to bring you a fabulous learning experience. Early Bird Special (until Jan 15) – $650. Includes: housing, personalized internship placement, Beit Midrash program, Shabbatot and health insurance. (June 20 – August 5, 2018)

The Jerusalem Press Club Fellowship Program – The JPC launched in September 2017 a fellowship program opened to international journalism students. The fellowship is a unique program, that provides work experience with leading media outlets in Israel, alongside an extracurricular program to enrich their journalistic experience in Israel.

The four fellows were chosen by a committee made up of world-known and well-experienced journalists, who have been a part of this field for decades. The four members of the first round of JPC Fellowship – made possible by a generous grant from the Crown Family Philanthropies – participated in JPC’s toast for the new year. The program is a 3-month long program. Send applications no later than February 1st, 2018.

Year-round internships

Aardvark Israel – Participants of our Israel gap year programs are given a wide range of choices and are placed at sites that match their interests and skills for the duration of each semester. You will volunteer three to four mornings a week, giving you the chance to build your resume, interact with the Israelis, and contribute to Israeli society. In addition to the numerous options you will be given, the staff is available to identify additional options to suit your individual preferences.

Top Gap Year in Israel Program - YouTube

Torah Tech Elite Gap Year Program – Torah Tech is a unique gap-year program in Israel for young men that integrates intensive Torah study with professional development through business internships. Students will also connect to the land of Israel through exciting trips and tours, give back to the community through chessed projects and volunteer work, hear from distinguished religious personalities from both the Torah and corporate worlds, and enjoy exclusive access to nearby gyms, men-only beaches, self defense training courses, and much more.

Big Idea Gap Year – BIG IDEA Gap Year PLUS is a five-month internship extension program. Use your knowledge in developing mobile and web application and gain more hands-on work experience. Be a part of the Israeli hi-tech industry, intern in Israeli Hi-tech company. Travel and explore Israel, work on your Hebrew and live independently with your friends. Participants who sign up for BIG IDEA Gap Year PLUS will participate on the 5 month gap year program in Be'er Sheva and then continue for another 5 month internship program extension in Tel Aviv or Be'er Sheva. $200 application fee. Spring semester: February 11, 2018 – July 25, 2018. Fall semester: September 2018 – February 2019. Full Year Experience: September 2018 – June 2019. New – Up to $2000 masa grant!

Make an impact - BIG IDEA gap year program in Israel - YouTube

Shurat HaDin’s Internship Programs – Shurat HaDin’s internship programs provide law students with a unique opportunity to play a role in the fight against terrorist organizations and states or institutions sponsoring terror. Students will work in a dynamic environment with volunteer lawyers from around the world. Our program is not found at other institutions or non-government organizations and the acquired experience is invaluable, providing you with an edge when competing for a post-graduation job.

Tikkun Olam Internship Track – Tikkun Olam's new Internship Track lets you gain valuable career experience in the non-profit sector, while living among the populations you work with, studying the complex issues facing Israeli society and gaining important skills for social entrepreneurship. The Internship Track is the only internship program in Israel that specializes in non-profit work, so you can prepare yourself for a future career while making a difference in the lives of others! $100 non-refundable application fee. Masa grants are applicable.

The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Internships – The Institute for National Security Studies does not respond to unsolicited applications for paid positions. We offer internship positions to graduate students and academics with backgrounds in international relations, strategy, the Middle East, or Israel's national security. Priority will be given to M.A. students. Applications should be sent to..

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