My reasons for coming to Israel were purely professional. I was an engineer and wanted to make a transition to a career in public policy and gain experience in the field. I registered for Masa Israel’s Oranim Internship Experience, which promised exactly that.
I’ve had the privilege of living in many places across the US and it is easy for me to move somewhere new and acclimate. But, I was shocked to discover such an immediate connection to Israel. Within days, I felt like Israel had me and I fell in love with Tel Aviv. Because my internship with the Deputy Mayor only required me to come into the office for meetings and presentations, I was able to do most of my work at cafés throughout the city and to get to know the owners. I was able to experience Tel Aviv during the day, often taking a break to explore one of the city’s many museums.