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Glazer Institute - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I find my own internship or does the Institute place me in an internship?
  2. Am I only able to intern with the organizations from previous programs? Or do you find an internship geared specifically to my application?
  3. How long does the program last?
  4. Will I have to find my own housing?
  5. Will I need to arrange my own flights to and from Israel?
  6. What is the cost of the program and what is included in that cost?
  7. What will I have to do before I leave?
  8. What will I be expected to do if I am accepted into the internship program?
  9. Are there scholarships available?

 1. Do I find my own internship or does the Institute place me in an internship?

We are honored to have working partnerships with organizations and companies in various sectors of Israeli society, and are happy to help place students into organizations that best suit their interests. In general, the application will take place in a standard series of steps, culminating in an internship that will be beneficial for each student accepted.

When the Institute receives a student's application, the application will incorporate details about the type of internship in which that student would prefer to serve. If chosen for a first interview, students should expect to spend some time going into more depth about the type of internship they would prefer. While this could simply be aspects of an ideal internship (international firm, Israeli nonprofit, government think tank, law firm, health sector, etc.), students may also provide examples of specific internships they would be interested in pursuing.

This conversation may continue in a second interview held with parties closer to each potential internship. Once the preferred organization or company has indicated an interest in taking on an intern, the Glazer Institute will facilitate an introduction of each intern and his or her potential employer. At this point, students will go through a hiring process directly with their employer, which may include an application and/or phone conversation. When both the student and employer find the internship to be a good fit (and the internship is accepted), the student will also be accepted into the internship program as a whole.

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2. Am I only able to intern with the organizations from previous programs? Or do you find an internship geared specifically to my application?

The Institute will continue to grow and expand the partnerships it has created with organizations and companies throughout Israel. For this reason, we do consciously attempt to place interns within organizations from previous programs. However, our first priority is to find internships for students that fit their academic pursuits and career objectives. Thus, we are willing to find other internships as needed by each program.

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 3. How long does the program last?

The program will last approximately ten weeks. As the program incorporates students from each of Pepperdine's five schools, the specific dates of the program vary each year to accommodate the needs of each school. However, the program usually lasts from late May or early June to late July or early August. It will satisfy all requirements for schools that accept internship credit, and will not overlap with spring or fall semester schedules.

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 4. Will I have to find my own housing?

The Glazer Institute will arrange for housing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Students will live in groups of three or more per apartment complex in the city of their internship.

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 5. Will I need to arrange my own flights to and from Israel?

Students will fly on a group flight to and from Tel Aviv. The flights will leave from and return to Los Angeles, and the Glazer Institute will make the reservations. While all students are expected to fly into Israel on the group flight, it may be possible to arrange a different return flight after the program. Such exceptions are rare, but do happen occasionally.

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6. What is the cost of the program and what is included in that cost?

The program fee for students is $3,200. A $500 deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program to guarantee your spot; the remaining $2,700 will be required before your departure. The program fee covers orientation, airfare, housing, health insurance, a basic cell phone package, two four-day tours, and group activities. If selected for this program, students may receive a scholarship covering part of the cost of the internship program.

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 7. What will I have to do before I leave?

The application timeline is your most important responsibility. The general timeline is outlined below:

December: Application due (please submit online and send resume and unofficial transcripts to Connie Lee at connie.lee@pepperdine.edu or drop off at the School of Law office 327.
January: Interviews held in the School of Law. Students should plan to participate in up to two interviews.
Early March: Deadline for internship commitment and nonrefundable deposit
April: Full-Day Orientation held at Pepperdine (usually held on the weekend)
May: Deadline for program fee
May-June: Program begins

At the orientation, all students will receive orientation packets with specific action items to be completed prior to departure.

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8. What will I be expected to do if I am accepted into the internship program?

For the Glazer Institute, our first priority is your internship. You will be expected to work forty hours a week, and be accountable to your supervisor(s) for any roles you are tasked to.

Outside of your internship, the group will participate in two tours organized by the Glazer Institute—one orientation in Jerusalem and one trip to the north in late June or early July. Your supervisors will be advised of the dates. There may be other opportunities for group activities throughout the summer.

Additionally, we will also ask you to blog throughout the summer, and will provide detailed instructions at orientation.

Following your return to Pepperdine, we also might ask for your help in advertising for future summers at your school. We will also host a reunion lunch with our donors, to thank them for their support of the trip.

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 9. Are there scholarships available?

The Glazer Institute does offer need-based scholarships each summer. However, as the program is already very heavily subsidized, these scholarships are awarded only to students who would not be able to attend the program because of the program fee.

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