Summer Internship 2016 – Deadline Extended!

The application deadline for the FFIPP Summer Internship Programme has been extended to April 15, 2016. During the summer program, you will have the opportunity to participate in an orientation week, which consists of meeting various actors and attending conferences in Israel and the West Bank. Subsequently, you can intern at one of our partner organizations.

As a first step of your application, please fill out the application form in English (no more than 200 words per answer). The completed application form should be sent with a CV to ffipp.europe(at)gmail.com before the 15th April. Please use the subject line “Summer Program Swiss Chapter”.  Pre-selected candidates will then be invited for interviews.

We’re looking forward to getting to know you!

Download the application form here

Summer Internship 2016 – Applications Now Open

It is now possible to apply for this year’s edition of the FFIPP Summer Internship Program!

During the summer program, you will have the opportunity to participate in an orientation week, which consists of meeting various actors and attending conferences in Israel and the West Bank. Subsequently, you can intern at one of our partner organizations. These internships are above all an opportunity to observe, to have a better understanding of the situation on the ground and to discover local structures acting towards the promotion of human rights. This makes this program different from any other. Don’t miss this unique experience!

Accommodation throughout the entire stay and breakfasts and lunches during the orientation week will be paid for. You will have to pay for your flights, personal expenses and a contribution of up to 100€ (it might be less, depending on our financial situation).

As an international student network, we give you the opportunity to go to Palestine/Israel for five weeks and stay involved in our organization for the coming year. Back in Europe, FFIPP organizes events, exhibitions, and conferences to raise awareness about the conflict at the local level. We strongly rely on the involvement of students when they come back. It is important to understand that FFIPP provides a one-year experience at the beginning of which you go to Palestine/Israel for five weeks, rather than a simple internship.

As a first step of your application, please fill out the application form in English (no more than 200 words per answer). The completed application form should be sent with a CV to ffipp.europe(at)gmail.com before the 27th March (extended to the 15th April!). Please use the subject line “Summer Program Swiss Chapter”.  Pre-selected candidates will then be invited for interviews.

We’re looking forward to getting to know you!

Download the application form here

Summer 2015 Internship for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel

Dates: July 19 – August 23, 2015

In summer 2015, 30 interns from Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Switzerland (Geneva), and France (Paris, Grenoble, and Bordeaux) participated in the FFIPP Internship for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel.


Internship Program

For the Swiss FFIPP chapter, four students were selected to participate in the internship program 2015. The four interns did their internship at the following organizations:

The complete summer program had a duration of five weeks, and offered participants an opportunity to experience the daily operations of local NGOs and companies, as well as the chance to meet Israelis and Palestinians and better understand the daily realities of living under occupation.


Orientation Week

The Orientation week included visits to the following places and meetings with the following organizations:

  • 20 July: Tour of East Jerusalem with Civic Coalition, Tour of Greater Jerusalem with ICHAD.
  • 21 July: Visit to Nablus with Project Hope, Visit to Jenin Refugee Camp.
  • 22 July: Visit to Haifa, Visit to Nazareth and meeting with Jonathan Cook.
  • 23 July: Visit to Yad Vashem, Meeting with Israeli activists and academic in Jerusalem, Tour of Lifta, a ’48 village outside Jerusalem.
  • 24 July: Visit to Jordan Valley, Susya and Hebron.
  • 25 July: Visit to Tent of Nations, Bethlehem and Dheishe refugee camp.
  • 26 July: Visit to Ramallah including meetings with the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), the human rights organization Al Haq and BDS staff.

The orientation week served as a way to introduce the participants to the historical and political situation in Israel and the West Bank, and to demonstrate the daily operations of non-governmental organizations in the region. It also showed the diversity of initiatives that are taken by many different actors to alleviate the situation.


Break Weekends

After the second week of the internship, as well as during the last weekend of the program, all participants gathered to exchange knowledge and experiences. The first break weekend was held in Bethlehem, where the participants had a chance to volunteer during the Bethlehem Festival. Furthermore, there was an opportunity to attend panel discussions about the role of women under occupation, as well as Palestinian resistance through art. Finally, the participants visited an organization that offers psychological support to traumatized individuals, in particular children, as a result of the conflict. The final weekend was organized to share experiences and evaluate the program. Part of the weekend was an overnight stay at the desert near Bethlehem.


Impressions from the Internship Program:

FFIPP Postcards Available NOW!

Check out our new postcards! They are available now for CHF 2.-. Contact us at ffipp.switzerland@gmail.com if you’re interested in buying some! The money we earn by selling these cards will help us finance next year’s internship programme. All pictures have been taken by previous interns.

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FFIPP postcards – now for sale!

The cards can also be purchased at certain shops such as the Claro Weltladen in Bern.

The European Union and Israel/Palestine: Dead End or Opening Window? – FFIPP Speaking Tour in Geneva on March 27th

FFIPP (Educational network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel) is delighted to invite you to Geneva for the FFIPP Speaking Tour 2014 on EU policies regarding Israel/Palestine!

The event will be held: Thursday, 27th March, at 18.00, in MR160 Uni Mail (Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 40, 1205 Genève)

From Paris to Amsterdam, through Bordeaux, Grenoble and Geneva, the Speaking Tour’s aim is to raise awareness among students and academic staff about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to promote a just peace in accordance with International Law.

Like every year, we have invited two speakers:

Susan ROCKWELL, member of Mattin Group, a Ramallah-based NGO. She is currently working with the institutions of the European Union, trying to convince the latter to apply a differentiated economic treatment for Israeli products from Israel and from the Occupied Territories. Since 1995, Mattin Group has led a dialogue with the European Commission, the European Parliament and member States examining the problems that have arisen from Israel’s application of the EU-Israel Association Agreement to the territories it occupied since 1967 and possible solutions.

Wesam AHMAD, member of Al-Haq, a Palestinian NGO established in 1979 in order to promote human rights and rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), from an international law perspective. It seeks both to document and address the wrongs done to the individual and collective rights of Palestinians, by using international law and international judiciary mechanisms. The organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

You can find further information about this event on our Facebook-page, here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

The FFIPP Summer Internship 2014 in Israel/Palestine

Would you like to become active in an international educational network of students promoting human rights in the Middle East? Would you like to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and obtain a perspective that goes beyond the media stories? Would you like to meet with human rights activists, settlers, representatives of NGO’s, journalists, refugees and other Palestinians and Israelis, who experience the conflict in their daily life?  Apply for the FFIPP 2014 summer internship!

Internship Session Content:

This year’s internship will take place from the 27th of July to the 31st of August 2014.

One-week orientation program. The orientation week will take place in Israel and the West Bank. You will visit a.o. Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron, as well as refugee camps, and meet with actors with different perspectives and backgrounds in the conflict during conferences in these cities. The orientation week is a very informative experience but also a great opportunity for you to get to know the other FFIPP interns from all over the world.

Meetings with Palestinian and Israeli students and civil society actors committed to peace and justice.

A one-month internship/volunteering position at a partner organization (an NGO, a research program, a cultural institution, or a human rights organisation) in Israel or Palestine. Above all, a great human experience!

Supervision before, during and after the internship session by FFIPP coordinators. Prior to the internship, you will have to attend a preparation weekend in France, in which you get to know most of the European interns. Participation in the Preparation weekend is part of the whole program and, therefore, mandatory.  In addition, FFIPP will provide you with valuable information regarding your stay and concerning the conflict. During the internship FFIPP coordinators will be in Israel and Palestine to supervise, reflect and evaluate your experiences with you.

Partner organizations offer internship positions in the following areas:

  • Animation, projects with children
  • 
French and English classes
  • 
Grassroots work (eg. women’s rights, farmers union, Bedouin rights)
  • 
Art related projects (music, theatre)
  • Human Rights
- Development, Environment
  • 
Fundraising for research, organizational development
  • Research (eg. law, journalism, urbanism, social sciences)

The content of the work may vary (from working with children to research activity) but the emphasis lies on the human character of the experience the program offers, and the opportunity to attempt to grasp the complexity of the conflict on the ground. The student will need to be aware of the fact that although there will be possibilities to contribute to the work of the partner host organization during the internship, the program represents above all an opportunity to learn. Please note that the current situation does not allow us to send interns to the Gaza Strip.

FFIPP Membership

FFIPP interns are expected to become active in a local FFIPP chapter upon their return home. FFIPP will organize a special evaluation weekend where your future role in our student network will be discussed. Former interns can help in organizing conferences, debates, movie screenings and so on throughout the year. FFIPP offers a great platform to become active politically, to help organize events and to contribute to raising awareness about the situation in Palestine/ Israel.

A few more details…

FFIPP will take care of all orientation week expenses (transportation, accommodation) as well as the costs of accommodation during the internship period. However, expenses for food and transportation during the internship month are the student’s responsibility as well as the costs of transport to and from Israel and to the preparation weekend.

Subscription to a personal insurance is mandatory.

In order to apply for this internship, you have to be enrolled at a university, preferably in one of our chapter countries: The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the UK and Austria. Students from other countries are welcome to submit their application; we will select an additional number of international students depending on our budget. There are no requirements regarding field of study. We strongly encourage bachelor/undergraduate students to apply.

The FFIPP team will gladly advise you with regards to internship grants (local community, university…) in order to help you finance your internship.

Application process

The intern selection process has opened and will run until April 1st, 2014.
To apply, please download the application form (see below) and send it, along with a CV/resume, to ffippinternship2014@gmail.com by April 1st, 2014, 11:59 pm CET. Please be aware that applications need to be written in English.

We will get back to you shortly after receiving your application, and will contact you after April 1st. We will have an interview with you afterwards, and select students according to their application form and interview.

Students completing their studies in the United States are invited to contact FFIPP-USA.

Should you have any question or concerns, do not hesitate to write us at: ffippinternship2014@gmail.com

Application Form