Frequently Asked Questions

The FDD National Security Trip to Israel is specifically geared towards individuals pursuing careers in national security, counterterrorism, or foreign policy. Those who are currently working in these fields will have priority, although we will give fair consideration to applicants who have a demonstrated interest as well.

Those who are between the ages of 30-40 will receive priority consideration, but those who are slightly below and above the age range will also be considered based on their professional background and suitable qualifications.

In addition to participants from the private sector, FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel has included Hill staffers, military officers, and government officials from a number of agencies. FDD is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which complies with all federal and congressional ethics rules. We are glad to work with you to fill out any necessary paperwork. Please email julia@defenddemocracy.org with specific questions.

Participants are required to attend pre-trip and post-trip meetings in Washington D.C. The meetings are tentatively scheduled for the evenings of May 4 and July 18, 2017. As long as you can commit to being in D.C for all of the relevant programming, your application will be considered. Please indicate in your application if you are not D.C.-based.

Participating in the pre and post-trip programming is mandatory. We have found that these sessions greatly enhance the trip experience. Please note in your application if you have a conflict with the pre-trip or post-trip dates. We will consider circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, we encourage you to extend your time in Israel. This will likely result in a $150 change fee for you. Please contact leah@shorashim.org to request an extension. Please note that extensions are not always possible and are in no way guaranteed. The airlines place certain restriction on extensions and those rules govern any decision.

FDD has contracted a cell phone rental company with competitive rates. You will have the option of either renting a SIM card (for unlocked phones) or a cell phone. Please contact leah@shorashim.org with your cell phone requests.

Accepted participants will receive a participant directory and a trip agenda prior to the orientation meeting.

All hotel accommodations will be double occupancy. We will do our best to accommodate rooming requests. Please email leah@shorashim.org with your rooming requests, or if you would like to request a single room (please note that single rooms will require you to pay an extra charge).

Participants will receive a number of books and other reading materials at the first orientation session.

If your question is still unanswered, please email julia@defenddemocracy.org