• Israel
    • Tel-Aviv
    • Jerusalem

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Price Details
Our pricing includes top-notch accommodations in the social centers of Jerusalem, or Tel Aviv. Scholarships of between $3,000-$4,500 are also available. Speak to an Internship Coordinator from our staff to learn more today.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
Nov 15, 2019
Jun 26, 2017
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About Program

Looking to intern abroad this summer?

Look no further- Top Israel Interns is here to help. We have hundreds of internships in our professional network so that you can find the best internship for you! Our programs include accommodations, career training, trips, a 2-week Ullpan and a close-knit community of interns and mentors. Talk with an Internship Coordinator today to see if your eligible for a scholarship or grant. Explore a new country and jump-start your career this summer!

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No, I don't recommend this program

Do Not Go On This Program

I want to begin by telling you how much I love Israel. Israel is an amazing place to grow, learn, and become a part of a new and different culture. Unfortunately, my decision to go on a Masa program with Top Israel Interns was a big mistake. However, there are many other Masa programs that are great, including the positive reviews I've heard about Career Israel.

I'll start from the beginning. On their website (which is a total fabrication of everything you get in the program), it says that we will be living in Central Tel Aviv. They put us in cheaper area in South Tel Aviv called Florentine. The apartment we walked into smelled and was not properly cleaned. There were stains on the couches, dirt on the floor, and the walls were peeling as well as wires hanging from the ceiling where the lightbulbs should have been. We immediately contacted them telling them they needed to re-clean the apartment. They sent a woman who once again did not a great job. I'm thinking to myself, I spent my entire life savings on this? But I was trying to remain positive.

Trying to keep my head held high, we started Ulpan the next week after we arrived. You spend one month in Ulpan before you start your internship. They stuck us in a room with a very nice, yet unprofessional teacher. They provided us with no workbooks or guidance through out that entire month. It was clear once again they were only trying to save money.

After Ulpan, we would have time to ourselves to study or go to the beach. About two and a half weeks into the program, I am taking a nap in my room and the front door opens. Thinking it was my roommate, I resume closing my eyes. My door opens and immediately slams closed. I say something along the lines of "I'm in here", once again thinking my roommate had to talk to me about something and didn't know I was sleeping. The front door slams shut and I receive a text from my roommate that she is now coming home. I think to myself, then who was that who walked into my apartment with a key? Turns out, Top Israel Interns gave 3 copies of the key out to men, and as a woman, I start to panic and feel unsafe. Unsafe in my own home that I paid good money for. I immediately bring it to the attention of the program, but it takes days for them to respond and make me feel at ease. I am in a new country, and I feel my safety is not the number one priority for these people. My roommate and I send out an email, stating that this cannot happen again and we need their word. Well, you guessed it, it happened two more times, where men came into the apartment using the key unannounced.

We then begin to see some mold in the apartment. This is normal in Tel Aviv, but it is not normal how they handled it. They sent a cleaning lady after days of us saying that it was an issue and she used Clorox and wiped it. The next day, it was back stronger and worse. We were then told we might possibly have to move out. They didn't know where or when, and offered an Airbnb. In a panic, we call the Director, and she basically says, "What are you talking about? We were never going to move you". There is a miscommunication problem throughout the entire program. They speak before even knowing the answer. We have one person telling us one thing, and another person telling us the complete opposite.

Well, if the problems couldn't get worse, keep reading. I am now going to start my internship, which I was lucky enough to find months before the program started. But little did I know, this internship would take me anywhere from 2.5-3 hours there and back on public transit with traffic. They failed to tell me that my placement was this far outside of Tel Aviv, forcing me to quit because I felt uncomfortable traveling that far everyday. It took another month of me searching with the placement director to find something that worked for me and was still in Tel Aviv.

With all the issues, we demanded that we talk to the CEO. He comes to our apartment (about 3.5 weeks before the program is over, despite issues happening within the first month), and tells us that he is suing the apartment company. My roommate and I think to ourselves, you're suing? How can he be suing and seeking damages when we were the ones who had to deal with all of it. This is how greedy this program is. Everything is for them. They are making so much money, and they do not care about the safety, well-being, or growth opportunity for any of the participants.

Even after I land back in the USA, I am still dealing with problems with them, if you can even believe it. Our contract states that we will get our security deposit back in 6-8 weeks. It took 15 weeks and emails from the director who was clearly stalling. I was begging them (since week 1) to show us itemized bills for our electricity/water. We finally get them after week 15 of asking, and we are somehow managed to use the same exact amount of water and electricity every month? It is impossible, it once again proved that TII had some sort of deal with apartment, and would charge us the same amount every month. It is insane that even after coming back and dealing with these issues that they once again proved that they could be stealing our money.

I once again want to reiterate that Israel (especially Tel Aviv) is a great place to spend abroad. Top Israel Interns is just not the way to do it. Do not go on this program. It is not worth it. Look into the many other Masa programs you could really learn and grow from.

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Response from Top Israel Interns

Dear NotPleased123,

We are so sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your experience on Top Israel Interns program. We understand that it will not change the experience that you had during your time here, but we would like to take this time to address some of your points and explain how we have made improvements for future participants.

Some of our Tel Aviv apartments are located in the Florentine district. This is an extremely sought out neighborhood, in the center of Tel Aviv’s nightlife. Apartments are a 15 minute walk from the Mediterranean Sea, an 18 minute walk from the Shuk HaCarmel and a 10 minute bus ride to Dizengoff Center Mall. They are a bit south of the city center as you mentioned, but the apartments are very centrally located. We are sorry you were unhappy with the apartment location.

Regarding the cleanliness of your apartment, as you mentioned mold is an, albeit unfortunate, part of life living in the humid Mediterranean climate of Tel Aviv. There are ways to prevent and try to avoid mold growth but there is little to do about the problem at large. Standard mold remediation procedure is the use of bleach (Clorox®, is a bleach product) to scrub away and sanitize the area of mold spores. If in a bathroom, making sure the windows are open and there is always proper ventilation of steam during and after showering is critical in prevention of mold growth all year round. We apologize you felt as though you were suffering from this situation. We took care of it as best as possible, as we would do in our own homes. We will make sure to explain to future participants the significance of proper ventilation in order to maintain appropriate expectations.

This is already our second session using a different Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language course) system. We took the feedback from you and your peers and are now partnered with Ulpan Or, the most highly rated Ulpan in the country. We also use private teachers after the one month Ulpan course for the duration of the program to have follow-up lessons and practice session to maintain and potentially improve Hebrew level achieved during the organized Ulpan sessions.

We are still shocked and upset by the situation you had with maintenance workers coming into your apartment and room without any warning. We have never had a situation such as this before and never since this stand-alone occurrence. We hired a private outside company to provide us and our participants with a service and they not only didn't fulfill their end of the contract but breached that contract by invading your space as a resident of their apartment. We have stopped working with this management company. As you mentioned we have sued the maintenance company and are still working through the legal battles. We hope to have updates for you soon.

We are upset to hear that you were unhappy with the internship placement process. Being registered for the program early gives the placement team a longer amount of time to work with you and make sure that each participant in satisfied with his/her internship options and final placement decision. Thanks to your feedback, it is now policy to discuss commute with interns as part of the placement process. We have also recently hired another internship placement coordinator to join our team to make sure that each intern gets more personalized attention. There is a standard procedure for quitting an internship and switching placements to prevent the intern from being out of work for an extended period of time.

Our accounting department also recently hired another person to join their team in order to run more efficiently. We have changed security deposit/utilities fee policy and are working toward making sure participants get their deposits sooner. The apartment that “every month, we somehow consumed the same amount of electricity and water?” is because aforementioned management company, (with whom we are no longer working) fixes a flat rate with the city. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience and clerical error between you and your roommate’s refund.

Again, we understand that this response can and does not change the experience you had on Top Israel Interns, but I hope you can understand the program is working towards productive changes for the future.

Top Israel Interns Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great stepping stone

I did my internship in 2014 with Top Israel Interns.

The amount I learned was incredible. My mentor was top-notch, and there's nothing like being in an office that deals with your field of interest.

College can only take you half way and making sure to get a fitting internship after college is key!

After doing my research and interviewing with several internship providers, I finally decided that Top Israel Interns had the widest available network of top-quality internship placements.

Also - the people in the program were really cool - which is important because you live with a community of interns, and get to travel with them all over Israel! It was a blast.

83 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best program ever!


It's been 2 years since I finished my internship with their program, and I still miss the friends I made there.

Awesome internship opportunities - and the program really helped me develop as a professional!

Wish I could do it again, but I already have a paying job in the field I wanted to break into. I credit a lot of my success to this program!

The program also includes employment coaching, trips around the country, a supportive staff, cool people, the tel aviv beach, the Jerusalem marketplace - ah, man! It was a blast. I highly recommend it to any college students or recent graduates looking for career experience.

Also, the internship advisors are well connected with scholarship funds, so be sure to ask about that too.

82 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I Loved It!

So glad I chose this provider.
They set me up with an internship at a leading venture capital firm!
I had a lot of friends from other Israeli Internship programs, and the accommodations of Top Israel Interns was by far the best!
Not only that, I applied for the $3,000 Masa scholarship.
The program also includes trips around the country with other participants which was so much fun.
Great program! Great people :)

81 people found this review helpful.
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