Name: Jacob Kieval
Hometown: Sharon, MA
Employer: Mark Burnett Productions
University: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Film and Media Studies
How did you decide that going to Israel was the right option for you?
I hadn’t been in several years, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after college at the time, so I started looking into programs.
What Masa Israel program did you participate in?
Why did you decide to participate in WUJS Intern Tel Aviv?
I wanted to do something productive while in Israel, not just tour around. I wanted to do something relevant to my career path, and feel like a real working Israeli.
What did you do while on WUJS Intern Tel Aviv?
I was an assistant technician at Meirav Productions in Ramat Gan. I also made a weekly video update about the other WUJS participants’ internships.
What was the highlight of your internship?
In my internship with WUJS, it was getting to read/hear the feedback from my videos each week as I put them up.
What skills/lessons did you take away from your internship that you still use today?
During my internship at Meirav Productions, I learned a lot about technical editing and post-production equipment, that are all very relevant to what I do now since it’s mostly the same stuff.
Is there a story or anecdote that you can share that reflects your experience in Israel?
Most of my group went to an American bar to watch the Superbowl with other Americans. It was great, because after five months in Israel, absorbing their culture, we suddenly had a night where all the Americans came out of the woodwork to join in a true cultural event for US. It was also great because the game started at 1 AM and went until 5.
What are you up to now?
Now I’m living in Los Angeles, working as a Post Production Coordinator at Mark Burnett Productions. I’m new to the city and adjusting to life here.
Has your time in Israel impacted your future/career plans?
Pretty directly, for two reasons: 1) I met the guy who hired me through a friend of Mike Mitchell, director of WUJS, and 2) I was hired for this position partly on the basis of what I did at Meirav Productions in Israel.
If you could meet any Israeli from any point in history, who would it be and why?
Eliezer Ben Yehuda. I’m not sure if he counts as an Israeli, but he did reinvent the Hebrew language, so I’m kind of awed by him.