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September 09, 2011
Who chooses to be an intern, and why do they do it? The assumption is that interns are college students in the middle of their studies, looking to get some work experience, or people who have just graduated looking for a foot in the door, but this is not necessarily the case. Coming to Israel on an internship programme has shown me that this stereotype is not what interning is about. The variety of people on the programme that I am currently on, range from the stereotypical college students, to thirty year olds looking for a career break or looking to try something new.
Working for free is extremely daunting for anyone, but what I am now beginning to understand, is that interning is a two way street, both for the employer and the intern. I...
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September 08, 2011
By Billie Hirsch, OTZMA
Shabbat Shalom! And Shalom from Karmi’el, Israel, my new home for the next three months. My name is Billie Hirsch, and I am a 22-year old recent graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, as well as a participant of OTZMA in its 26th and best (says yours truly) year for 2011-2012. For those not as well-versed in organizations sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America, OTZMA is a 10-month leadership development, volunteer-oriented program that offers Jewish adults the tremendous opportunity to live, work and explore Israel in a plethora of settings.  The program commences in late August and ends in late June, and since the twenty-third of August, twenty-eight of us have been getting acclimated to Israel in various ways.
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