• Baltimore

    Interning through Baltimore Onward Israel will give you the professional, competitive advantage you need to kick start your career! Through our unique Hybrid program, you will have an opportunity to grow personally and professionally as you intern part of the summer virtually, from the comfort of your own home coupled with an incredible six weeks in person in Tel Aviv.

    Unique to our program, all interns will participate in a weekend retreat to Ashkelon, Baltimore’s partner city, and connect with Jewish peers from across the globe! This program is supported in part by The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.

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    The Baltimore Onward Israel hybrid program in Tel Aviv offers the opportunity to develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship experience at home and abroad.

    During the remote portion, you will begin working with your employer on meaningful projects while getting to know other members of the Baltimore Onward Israel group through fun activities allowing you to learn more about each other while experiencing Israel through virtual tours. Embark on the in-person portion of the program with confidence knowing your Israeli employer and peers from Baltimore who will join you on this exciting journey.

    In Israel, you will intern four to five days a week working alongside Israeli peers and immersing yourself in contemporary society. Travel throughout Israel with Onward Israel’s exclusive day trips, overnights and seminars. In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s amazing restaurants, beaches, and nightlife with a cohort of other young adults. 

    Following the in-person experience, you will return to your remote internship and continue working with your employer on a final project. You will also maintain your connection with your cohort through distance learning and activities with the flexibility to end your summer adventure from home, school, or wherever you are returning.

    If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the in-person portion of the program to take place, the program will shift to entirely remote. Any decision to shift to a fully remote program will be made as far in advance as possible on the basis of the health and safety of our participants. We will do our best to notify you of a decision on or around April 1, 2021. Please note, if this happens, it may affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate in an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.

    Important Information

    Dates
    June 1 – August 19, 2021
    Remote: June 01 – June 14, 2021
    In Person (in Israel): June 16 – July 27, 2021
    Remote: August 01 – August 19, 2021

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

    Health and safety conditions currently require a 2-week quarantine upon arrival in Israel.  In the event that travel is restricted past a 2-week quarantine, the program may shift to entirely remote.

    For more information, visit our FAQs responding to COVID-19.

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in March or earlier if the program fills.

    Program Cost
    $450

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $225 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 in coordination with Baltimore Onward Israel. Participants should not purchase flights until a decision has been made about the viability of the program (approximately two months before the program). If this becomes a remote program, the cost will change to reflect this shift. The remote only program will cost $150 and the difference will be refunded.

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

    Limited needs-based scholarships are available for participants who require additional financial assistance. For more information, contact your local partner professional.

    Accommodations
    Israel Based Portion: Apartment or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv. The number of participants per apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program in accordance with appropriate health and safety standards. While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by and within each program. More information about this and other Onward Israel housing details, can be found in the housing section of our FAQ.

    Remote Portion: Home, school, wherever you are based. We will be going over best practices for remote work as the program approaches.

    Acceptance Criteria

    -Applicants must be between the ages of 19-27 (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    Identify as Jewish and have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA or Onward Israel program)
    -Fluent in English
    -Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    -Priority given to college students and recent graduates from Baltimore, Maryland.

    Sample Internships
    Internships in the past have ranged from hi-tech and finance to communication and the arts. Whatever your passion is, we will work to find a match between your skills and interests and the opportunities available in Israel.

    In the event that the program needs to shift to entirely remote, there may be additional limitations on the types of internship placements available. Participants will be asked for flexibility under these circumstances. Onward Israel is committed to making sure participants still have a professional and positive work experience.

    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 will be a shift in the type of work conducted when remote versus in person. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as even within a specific field, the nature of your work will change throughout the program.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. It is organized by Destination Israel.

    For More Information

    Aviva Schwartz
    Senior Associate, Community Planning and Allocations at The Associated
    avschwartz@associated.org | 410-735-5011


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