Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 30, 2010
Even if you always planned to study abroad, you may begin to think that taking a whole semester away from your friends and classes is a little too daunting, and consider studying abroad for a summer session instead. But a semester abroad will give you a significantly different experience than a month or two over the summer. Is this really a trade-off you want to make? Here are 10 reasons why you should spend (at least) a semester in Israel.
 
  1. Jewish holidays. A major part of living in Israel is experiencing the chagim. If you come to Israel for a semester or year, you’ll get the high holidays and Hannukah. There is nothing like being in Israel for Yom Kippur and not seeing a single car driving...
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June 29, 2010
 
You’re back from your five months or a year in Israel. So what now? Regardless of whether you participated in a gap year, study abroad, or post college program, your Israel experience has given you a wealth of skills and experience that you can highlight on your resume to help you get the most out of your next phase in life.
 
Brandeis University’s Director of Career Services Joe Dupont says of recent college grads who have pursued internship opportunities abroad, “Employers like to hire people who take risks and can adapt.  A person willing to go 3,000 miles for an internship is definitely someone I’d hire.”
 
He also says that the best candidates are the ones who can clearly relate the skills they gained from their internships. “The Masa Israel experience is so rich and robust that it only makes this easier.”
 
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