Interning with the Israeli Parliament
Amelia Mockett spent her summer interning at the Research and Information Center at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem. The RIC acts as an unbiased and nonpartisan research wing in support of parliamentary activities, with employees conducting research, writing reports, and advising both Knesset committees and individual Knesset members.
Hydraulic Fracturing Analysis
Over the course of her internship, Amelia worked on several projects at the intersection of technology and policy. Amelia’s main focus of the summer was a comparative analysis of hydraulic fracturing landscapes and policies around the globe. However, she was also given projects that involved comparative research of the local and socio-economic effects of renewable energy deployment in OECD countries and conducting preliminary research into the relative safety of crop improvement methods. Working from an office in Jerusalem, Amelia’s project was extremely connected to global issues. She explained, “Fracking, renewable energy, and GMO crop safety are all hot-button topics in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere.”
Culture in a New Environment
Beyond learning about these global issues in an Israeli work environment, Amelia also discovered a greater understanding of how much effort it can take to become culturally competent in a new environment. “My time in Israel, especially the time I spent in the Old City of Jerusalem and on various weekend trips, gave me a much greater appreciation for the length of human history than I had previously. Most cultural attractions in America are less than 300 years old, while in Israel it is common to visit locations that have held cultural significance for well over a millennium, if not two,” Amelia says.
MY TIME IN ISRAEL, ESPECIALLY THE TIME I SPENT IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM AND ON VARIOUS WEEKEND TRIPS, GAVE ME A MUCH GREATER APPRECIATION FOR THE LENGTH OF HUMAN HISTORY.
Beyond viewing the ancient sites of Israel, Amelia was also enthusiastic about being the first MIT-Israel intern at the Knesset and the new connection between MIT and the Knesset: “Hopefully future interns will help to grow the relationship that began this summer!”