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  • Locations: Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Valparaiso University Bethlehem Video Internship is an intensive 17-week program that focuses on producing a variety of video marketing projects in collaboration with the Dar al-Kalima College in Bethlehem, Palestine. The internship will take place on Valparaiso University's campus as well as in Bethlehem, Palestine, with the travel portion taking place over Valparaiso University's Spring Break.

Students will gain hands-on experience in the following areas: pre-production organization and scripting; production, including videography or audio recording; post-production editing; and branding. Students will learn about the geopolitics of the Israeli and Palestinian region, especially in Bethlehem, as well as gain cultural and historical knowledge of inter-religious city and college. Students will meet and work alongside faculty and peers in the Dal al-Kalima's film program at Dar al-Kalima.


As part of this 3-credit internship (GS 386 or COMM 368), students will meet with Professor Wuerffel and/or Jon Hendricks weekly during the Spring 2018 semester. Students selected for the internship will travel to Bethlehem via Israel over spring break for video production at Dar al-Kalima College and elsewhere in Bethlehem.  After returning to campus, students will work an additional five hours per week on post-production. The internship team will ultimately produce, in consult and collaboration with Professor Wuerffel and Jon Hendricks, several promotional videos featuring Dr. Mitri Raheb (President of Dar al-Kalima College), Dar al-Kalima College, and student profiles.


The course is a full Spring semester course with the travel portion occurring over the Valparaiso University Spring Break. Travel dates are March 2-18, 2018.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

Applicants should be enrolled full-time at Valparaiso University, possess knowledge of video production with hands-on experience in at least one of the following areas: pre-production organization and scripting; production, including videography and/or audio recording; and post-production editing. Applicants must have (or apply for) a valid passport that will not expire until at least 2019.

The deadline to apply to participate in this course is November 30, 2017.

In addition to this registration (click Apply Now at the top to get started), students must also complete this form before the deadline.

Cost Information

Interns will have their airfare, room and board in Bethlehem covered, and will additionally receive a $1,000 stipend for their work.

Students will be responsible for purchasing transportation to and from the airport from campus, immunizations, personal spending and passport fees not included in the program cost. The estimate for personal spending money will vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. This would include personal items, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities.

Program Contact Information

Program Leaders
Professor Liz Wuerffel - Associate Professor of Art
Office: VUCA 2413
Phone: (219) 465-7908

Jon Hendricks - Associate Director of Creative Services
Office: Harre Union LL60AB
Phone: (219) 464-6047

Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.

Apply for a Passport!

Students interested in applying must have a valid passport by early February. If you are from a country that requires a visa for travel into Israel, you will also need to secure a visa prior to travel. For Israeli visa policies, visit:

Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.