• Tel Aviv Advance Program

    The Onward Israel Advance program is the latest in our program offerings, with an in-person and partially remote experience to allow participants more flexibility in their summer plans. It will allow participants to experience life in Israel while furthering their career goals through a profound, 10-week international work experience that provides a competitive edge in the job market.

    Applications for this program have closed

    The Onward Israel Advance program in Tel Aviv offers you the opportunity to develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship experience virtually and in person. Develop your skills internationally and remotely, and put your resume above the rest. 

    This 6-week in-person, 4-week remote program is perfect for those who don’t have 8 weeks free to spend in Israel.

    During the Remote portion, you will be able to build and expand relationships with your employer and colleagues. You will also have distance learning and engagement activities with the other participants in your program. You’ll have the flexibility to begin and/or end your summer adventure from home, school, or wherever you are and gain valuable skills in how best to work remotely. 

    Spend six weeks in Israel interning for four to five days a week alongside Israeli peers and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society. Experience Israel through Onward Israel’s day trips, overnights, and seminars. In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s vibrant city, beautiful beaches, and amazing nightlife with a cohort of other young adults. 

    *Please visit our COVID-19 Response for the most up-to-date information regarding vaccination requirements and entry into Israel.* 

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between Birthright Israel, the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, and other leading philanthropists. It is organized by Tlalim-Authentic Israel. 

    Important Information

    Track 1
    Remote: Wednesday, May 17th – Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
     (2 weeks)
    In-Israel: Monday, June 5th – Sunday, July 16th, 2023 (6 weeks)
    Remote: Wednesday, July 19th,2023 – Tuesday, August 1st, 2023 (2 weeks)
    Applications for Tel Aviv Advance Track One have closed. 

    Track 2
    In-Israel: Wednesday, June 14th, 2023 – Tuesday, July 25th, 2023 (6 weeks)
    Remote: Sunday, July 30th, 2023 – Thursday, August 24th, 2023  (4 weeks)
    Applications for Tel Aviv Advance Track Two have closed. 

    Participants  MUST  be available to participate for the entire length of the program. 

    If the program cannot take place in Israel for public health or security-related reasons, Onward Israel will conduct the program remotely. Click here to review our FAQ, including information on remote programs regarding internships, programming, and more. 

    Program Cost

    The program cost includes housing, an educational program, program staff, medical insurance, partial laundry provisions, and ground transportation within the city of residence for the in-person portion. In addition, participants will be required to submit a $350.00 security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel or in advance via credit card. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program, pending good standing. 

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights and spending money upon arrival in Israel (including for food). Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins and are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be canceled or shifted to be fully remote. Participants will be told approximately a month or two before the program begins their expected arrival and departure times. 

    Applicants participating in Birthright Israel trips ahead of an Onward Israel program must join their group on the first day of their Onward Israel program. Applicants will be responsible for their own accommodations if there is a gap between Birthright Israel and Onward Israel programs.  

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions. 

    Acceptance Criteria

    ~ Applicants between 19-30 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    • Be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    • Applicants must NOT have spent 3 or more consecutive months in Israel after high school (this includes semester abroad, gap year, or any other MASA or Onward Israel program)
    • Must meet Masa Israel Journey Eligibility criteria (click here to review), including not having received Masa funding towards participation on a previous program. Note, Alumni of Onward Israel and Masa Israel Journey programs are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In a small number of cases it might be possible for alumni of both initiatives and those who do not meet Masa Israel Journey criteria to participate (individuals can check with Onward Israel staff on a case by case basis), but program subsidies will be significantly lower and therefore the program fee will be higher.
    ~ Fluent in English
    ~ Have a valid Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
    Previous participation in Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    *Note, Onward Israel alumni are not eligible for Birthright Israel trips. If you wish to participate in a 7- or 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider participating in a Birthright Israel trip prior to an Onward Israel program. 

     Please click here to review the application process. Note, there could be slight differences between programs. 

    Accommodations During the In-Person Portion of the Program
    Apartment, hostel, or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv. 

    The number of participants in an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and the number of participants in the program. Though Onward Israel housing can vary from program to program, it generally meets basic Onward Israel standards. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ. 

    Sample Internships
    – Social Media internship at tourism company
    – Programming internship at a start-up
    – Research assistant at local laboratory
    – Advocacy internship at local non-profit 

    Applicants interested in internships in the fields of Engineering, STEM, Green Energy, Computer Science, Finance, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:

    Not sure what type of internship you are looking for or unsure if you can find it in Israel? Our internship coordinators work one-on-one with each participant! 

    Remote Internship Opportunities: Participants will be paired with an Israeli company or organization and assigned work projects to complete over the course of the program. It is expected that participants complete their work projects during the designated dates of the program and fully participate in all required enrichment and education activities. Note that there would be a shift in the type of work conducted after transitioning from in person to remote work. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as even within a specific field, the nature of your work will change throughout the program. 

    For More Information
    Ally Cohen at AlyssaC@onwardisrael.org