Beginning in the second year of studies, students may participate in a professional internship. The year-long internship gives the student six credit units. Through their internship, students will have an opportunity to engage in practical volunteer work for several hours a week in an organization or institution in a project to be chosen in advance. During their work, an in-depth academic discussion will be held on the issues, problems and various insights relevant to the experience at the organization or institution. Depending on their major, students may select from one of the following three groups of internships:
· Professional specialization in civil organizations
· Public management
· International organizations
The advanced studies include both a theoretical section (major-specific courses) and practical experience (internship).
In their second year, students are asked to select one of the following four majors: Civil Society, Israeli Politics and Society, Public Policy or International Politics. Students are able to take courses in different majors as well. These courses will be considered as electives.
A. Major in Civil Society
Over the past decade, shifts in the political, social and economic structures have lead to an expansion of civil society and a variety of related organizations: non-governmental organizations, volunteer organizations, workers organizations and non-profit organizations that promote the rights of various groups in society.
This major is designed to give students the academic background to understand civil society and provide them with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in this field.
B. Major in Israeli Politics and Society
Most political science and sociology departments at Israeli universities emphasize the theoretical and comparative aspects of society and politics. This major is designed to provide students with a close familiarity with key social and political issues in Israel.
Students in this major will be given the academic background necessary to understand the main processes in Israel and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
C. Major in Public Policy
One of the main challenges in Israel today is the need to improve public administration and the services provided to citizens.
This major is designed to train students to work in the public sector by providing them with the academic background to understand the structure and functions of governmental agencies and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field.
D. Major in International Politics
The accelerated processes of globalization over the past two decades make it imperative for us to re-examine the structure and dynamic of the international system as well as its impact on events in different regions of the world.
This major, which encompasses elements from international relations and comparative politics, is designed to make students more familiar with the key processes in today's world and to analyze the external influences on social, cultural and political life in different places. Special emphasis is placed on study of these processes in the Middle East.
Students will be given the opportunity to gain professional experience in an organization involved in international affairs.