After graduating from UNSW with an Honours in Science Nathan felt the next step was to gain some professional experience and chose Career Israel to help him do just that!
“I was not only motivated to develop my CV, but also to be able to continue to contribute to the fight against cancer in my internship, in the land of our forefathers,” he said.
On Career Israel, Nathan worked with Dr. Gary Weisinger, a fellow Australian who made Aliyah thirty years ago and now works as a senior researcher at the Sourasky Medical Centre specialising in thyroid cancer research.
Nathan said that Career Israel has given him “a first-hand experience of life and work in another country. Skills, such as coping with stress in the workforce, and tolerance of other's opinions, especially other's that you may completely disagree with, are developed on the program. I now also have a completely different perspective of life in Israel. Taglit-Birthright Israel introduced me to it, now I have lived it.”
Nathan’s highlights on Career Israel include both professional and social aspects. Nathan worked 9 hour days, five days a week and speaks passionately about all the new results he observed under the microscope and is excited to begin his research later next year.
Career Israel also provides the opportunity for its participants to travel which led Nathan to Stederot and Ashkelon. “We were shown Caterpillar-shaped bomb shelters, rockets collected that were sent from Gaza, followed by stories from some who have been relocated after the Gaza withdrawal.”
Nathan speaks fondly of his experiences outside the laboratory which include his many Shabbat dinners with Dr Weisinger’s family in Israel and Shabbat dinners with other like-minded young professionals, all participating on their own 5-month internships."
"You make friends from across the globe. None of the (Career Israel) participants knew each other beforehand, and yet we still formed, within hours, our own Jewish community,” Landis said.
Career Israel offers international students in invaluable opportunity to seek out experiences that can develop your professional career and lead to opportunities that may otherwise not take place.
“No matter what your intentions are to go on Career Israel, they will be met, and more. Your madrichim will make sure of that. The most important thing is to take every opportunity the program offers,” Nathan said.
Career Israel understands that there is no better way to get your foot in the door than with an internship and international experience is extremely valuable especially in Israel as an innovative leader in such fields as technology, business and science.
“I cannot thank Masa Israel, Career Israel, and the Department of Endocrinology enough for giving me this life-changing opportunity. I am eternally grateful to all of them,” he said.
Nathan Landis has been offered a PhD in Science from Tel Aviv University after completing a successful internship at the Sourasky Medical Centre in Tel Aviv as a participant of Career Israel