Summer 2020 Newsletter
Summer has started off strong!
Despite the challenges facing the globe, PIP has continued its programming -- including continuing to match Finalists into internships, supporting our Alumni Network, holding workshops, and recruiting for the next cycle.
Check out what's new with PIP.
Join the growing efforts to support our incredible Finalists, our expanding programming, and our matching efforts!
In case you missed it...
Cycle 10's third workshop was run by long-time PIP partner, Taleb Idkeidek. Taleb held a 2-part workshop focusing on professional networking and job hunting. PIP focuses on helping our Finalists develop tools to help them both during the program, and post-PIP. Once the program has finished, Finalists begin their individual job hunts and career development, and it is our hope that they will use the tools learned during PIP to succeed in their future careers.
Cycle 10 Wrap Up.
It's that time of year again where we reflect on the successes of our outgoing cohort of Finalists. In Cycle 10, we've had 5 interns matched and started internships so far -- with others in their final interview stages! New companies added to the PIP Network include Cisco, SciPlay, GGtude, and Fornova. Cycle 10 was a challenge, as it began alongside a Global Pandemic. Like many other organizations, companies, and programs around the world, PIP experienced significant challenges. But thanks to our exceptional host companies, and to our hardworking, bright interns, onboarding was accomplished remotely and internships have continued successfully . Cycle 10 was a learning experience for everyone involved -- but we're proud to report that PIPers worked through these challenges and have come out stronger.
We're Starting Cycle 11!
With Cycle 10 nearing completion, PIP has now set its sights on the next stage! Cycle 11 will begin July 1, and we have a truly wonderful incoming cohort, selected from among more than 200 applicants across East Jerusalem and the West Bank. While we won't be able to host our semi-annual Graduation Event, we hope to celebrate with you and our incredible Finalists, Interns, and Alumni once it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, follow us on LinkedIn , Facebook , and in our Newsletters to stay up to date on how we are doing!
COMPANIES: Join the new cycle and hire your intern.
We're always looking for new companies to join the PIP Network. Get started on hiring your next PIP intern and see what all the excitement is about!
Contact PIP's Director, Anna Gol at anna@palinternship.com for more info.
To get started, take a look at our ' Info Sheet' for Host Companies .
We're Piloting PMP!
We've decided to pilot a new project within PIP: The Palestinian Mentorship Program (PMP)
PMP will connect some of the leading senior tech professionals in Palestine with (online) mentors abroad who have relevant industry experience, thereby further exposing the Palestinian tech sector to international resources.
Interested in being a Mentor? Let us know via email: ari@palinternship.com
Want to register yourself or your employees to be a Mentee? Sign up below!
And a warm welcome to Ari Gore!
PMP is excited to introduce the Director of the pilot program - Ari Gore! Originally from Chicago, Ari spent the last decade studying and/or serving as a U.S. Diplomat in Damascus, Amman, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, where he focused on economic policy, private sector empowerment, and strategic relationship development. Ari has an MBA in entrepreneurship from Tel Aviv University, and undergraduate degrees in Government & Politics and Arabic Studies from the University of Maryland. Ari speaks English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
He’s looking forward to joining the PIP team, and to help launch PMP! To read more about Ari, check out his LinkedIn .
We are looking for new sources of funding to join our current sponsors.
For more information on how you can support PIP's growth, please contact Anna Gol . Your support will go towards the following:
  • Piloting (and hopefully launching) the Palestinian Mentorship Program within PIP
  • Growing our Host Company Network, to increase opportunities for intern placement
  • Soft Skills Training Workshops, including CV building, interview skills, public speaking skills, and networking
  • Professional Development programming, including supporting our Finalists during their training with organizations like Dale Carnegie
  • Networking Events, where interns and alumni will be able to hear from and meet with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders in tech, business, and finance, further expanding their own professional networks
Our 2019 Impact Report is live!
The report includes unique testimonials from our Interns, Company experiences, and an overview of the past year's success. Click below to check it out.
Volunteers Wanted
PIP is expanding its volunteer base in areas of fundraising, event planning, and operations. If you would like to get involved, let us know below.
Other ways you can support PIP:
  • Amazon users can support PIP at no extra cost when you make purchases through the "Smile" program. (Amazon will donate 0.5% of the cost of your purchases, to PIP.) Click here and select "Palestinian Internship Program" as the organization to support.
  • Host families: please let us know if you are interested in hosting an intern for the three-month period they are interning in the Haifa, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem areas.
  • PIP's Facebook page continues to grow rapidly, now with over 3,000 likes........ Check it out – and ‘like’ us if you haven’t already!
  • “Content volunteers” help PIP with a workshop, talk, company visit or other professional development activity for interns. Are you or someone you know available for this opportunity?
  • Donations help fund PIP’s activities: PIP is seeking further funds to ensure the continuation of its activities throughout 2020 and beyond. Please click on the donation button below, or write to us if you would like to make a contribution or refer us to potential funding sources.
Our appreciation to those who have helped make PIP’s successes possible, including PIP's main sponsors: the  Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation  and the  Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation , and past sponsors  USAID  and the  US State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative . We would also like to thank our pro bono service providers –  Pearl Cohen DLA Piper  and  PricewaterhouseCoopers  – for all their invaluable support.
Thank you for your continued support of Palestinian Internship Program!

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. You can get in touch by clicking ‘reply’ or emailing  anna@palinternship.com . Please forward or share our newsletter with friends and colleagues who might be interested in learning more about PIP!

All the best,
Yadin Kaufmann
Founder & Chairman
PIP
Anna Gol
Program Director
PIP
About PIP 
Palestinian Internship Program is a groundbreaking not-for-profit that arranges internships and professional development activities for top Palestinian graduates from the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the Israeli and Palestinian high-tech sectors. Founded by Yadin Kaufmann in 2014, PIP has so far run nine highly successful internship rounds and has a total of 67 alumni who have interned at over 40 partner companies including Google, Intel, HP, Teva, and Thomson Reuters, as well as a number of startups and VC funds. PIP is a US-registered 501(c)(3) and has so far been backed by donors including the US State Department and USAID. See  www.palinternship.com  for more information.