Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel

Juliano Mer Khamis FFIPP Summer Internship in Israel/Palestine

FFIPP Summer Program & Internship


Thank you to our amazing interns participated in the FFIPP Summer Program 2019. Special thanks to our many local partner organisations, old and new, which provided FFIPP with a great deal of help and council throughout the program.

We are especially grateful to everyone who helped make the program happen through sponsorships and generous donations.



The FFIPP Internship program was initiated in 2006 as an educational program for international students who care about human rights and justice and are interested to learn about the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Upon completion of the internship program FFIPP encouraged and assisted interns to organize educational and artistic events on their campuses to share their internship experiences with other students. In the beginning years, FFIPP-USA coordinated the program. In 2008 FFIPP-Europe (initially called FFIPP-France) was created by FFIPP leaders who were interns in 2007. For a number of years the program was coordinated by both branches of FFIPP.  Since 2011 FFIPP-Europe has been coordinating the summer internship program. In 2012 FFIPP-Brazil was created by an intern in 2010. For the past five years FFIPP-Brazil runs a winter internship program which is modeled after the summer program.

Juliano Mer Khamis 1958-2011

In 2016, the FFIPP Summer Program was named after Juliano Mer Khamis who was assassinated in Jenin in 2011. Juliano was a dear friend of FFIPP. He was a powerful and warm human being, a beacon of light and inspiration of such magnitude that it enabled others to envision a world in which people live and work together as equally valued human beings. He created the Freedom Theatre in 2006 in the Jenin refugee camp, which ultimately became one of the most well known cultural and educational center in the northern West Bank. To this day, it remains a place for children from the region to learn and do art, to grow individually, contribute to their community and discover creative artistic ways to fight for freedom and justice under the Israeli occupation. The theatre has been a FFIPP partner from the very beginning and many interns have spent time working there. Juliano was always interested to meet with students and every year, and met with the FFIPP interns during the Orientation Week from 2007 until 2011.

We offer:

  • 1-month internship at one of our partner organizations in the West Bank or Israel

  • An orientation week prior to the internship, together with 23 other students, in which you visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Haifa as well as refugee camps, and meet with actors with different backgrounds, expertise and perspectives

  • Housing and coordination from FFIPP during the program

  • Involvement in an active worldwide student network

  • The ability to develop organizational and fundraising skills

  • The ability to raise awareness for human rights in an academic setting

Orientation week

The orientation week takes place in the beginning of the summer program. Interns meet with actors with different perspectives and backgrounds during conferences and meetings with Palestinian and Israeli civil society actors committed to peace and justice. The orientation week is a very educational experience and also a great opportunity for you to get to know the other FFIPP-participants from all over the world.

FFIPP takes 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 summer program month are the student’s responsibility, as are the costs of transportation to and from Ben Gurion Airport, and to the preparation weekend.


The Summer Program includes is a one-month internship position at a partner organization, like a women’s rights bureau in Haifa, working with children in Nablus or with refugees in Ramallah, conducting applied research in Bethlehem or writing articles in at a news agency in Jerusalem. As the content of the work may vary the emphasis lies on the human character of the experience the program offers, and the opportunity to grasp the complexity of the conflict on the ground. 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 for you to learn.


Preparation weekend

Before the annual summer program in Israel/Palestine, new interns prepare by spending a weekend in France with other interns from the other European chapters. During this weekend FFIPP Europe will provide you with valuable information concerning the facts on the ground and how to prepare for your internship. The weekend is also an opportunity to get to get to know other FFIPP participants before the program begins.


  • Students enrolled in any university in Europe in the academic year of 2020-2021. There are also opportunities for students in the United States

  • An interest in the Middle East and/or Israel/Palestine, human rights and international politics

  • Ability to become a board member of your local chapter and organise events from September 2020 – June 2021

  • Ability to join the FFIPP Preparation weekend in France in June 2020

  • Available for the summer program July - August 2020

  • Motivation to become part of the international FFIPP network



Once the summer internship is over, you will become a board-member of your local chapter. Together with the European board you will organise movie screenings, discussions and other events in order to raise awareness about Israel/Palestine. Here, you can find some examples of what the current FFIPP chapters are organizing. This commitment also includes fundraising for the following summer program and recruitment of new interns.


We are proud to be partners with many local organizations in Israel/Palestine. The focus of these organizations vary but some operate within the following areas:

  • Research (eg. law, journalism, social sciences)

  • Human Rights Development

  • Grassroots work (eg. women’s rights, farmers union, Bedouin rights)

  • Projects with children

  • Refugee camps

  • Environment

  • Art related projects (music, theatre)

  • Animation

  • Fundraising for research, organizational development


See what a few of the past FFIPP participants had to say about their experiences during the summer program, what they’re internships were like and the most memorable parts of their experiences in Israel and the West Bank.


Do you have questions about the FFIPP Summer Program and Internship? Are you interested in applying for the Summer Program 2019?

Send an email to ffipp.europe@gmail.com or reach out to your local chapter.