• Baltimore

    Interning through the Baltimore Onward Israel program will give you the professional, competitive advantage you need to kick start your career! You will have the opportunity to build your resume with a wide variety of companies, organizations, and institutions in Israel while immersing yourself in Israeli culture.

    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.


    Applications for this program have closed. You can still apply for select Theme Based Programs and Advance Programs

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

    You will intern four to five days a week working alongside Israeli peers and immersing yourself in contemporary society. Onward Israel provides exclusive day trips, overnight experiences, and seminars for deeper learning and travel. In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s amazing restaurants, beaches, and nightlife with a cohort of other young adults from Baltimore.

    If for public heath or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate on an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee, within a week of the decision for the program to be conducted remotely. If a program is cancelled completely due to heath or safety conditions in Israel, participants will be able to receive a full refund of their program fee. 

    Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand the current entry requirements and other important information. Please be aware as you review our Covid-19 Response page that your program is considered a Masa program.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other lead philanthropists, Masa Israel Journey, and The Associated. It is organized by Destination Israel.

    Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel although the size of any potential scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright Israel.

    Important Information

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

    June 8 – August 2, 2022

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

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a quarantine period upon arrival in Israel for some or all participants. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is further restricted. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19.

    Program Cost

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $300 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 additional spending money. Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins. Participants 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 cancelled or shifted to be remote.

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

    Masa-eligible participants in programs which are part of the Onward/Masa partnership may qualify for additional scholarships. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner at The Associated, Sarah Jacobs (contact information below).

    Apartment, hostel, hotel, or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv.

    The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program.  While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Acceptance Criteria

    – Priority given to college students and recent graduates from Baltimore, Maryland
    – Applicants between 19-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school
    – Must meet MASA eligibility – identify as Jewish and have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program  after high school (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA)*
    *Note, Alumni of Onward Israel programs (even if they are Masa eligible) are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In some cases this might be possible (alumni 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 significantly higher.
    – Fluent in English
    – Valid Passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
    – Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel or other short term programs in Israel is encouraged but not required

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

    Hear from our past Baltimore Onward Israel participants about their internships:

    • “Through the Baltimore Onward Israel program, I’m working in data analytics at a consulting firm called Meidata. Currently, I am tasked with assisting Strauss in determining the next best flavors the brand should launch in its various food products. Also, I’ve conducted market research to assist Gilat in determining the best potential satellite company for the firm to acquire. To accomplish this, I’m using various data tools including Excel and Power BI. I would say the best part of my internship is the people who surround me, particularly my mentor.”

    • “My internship is with the Aliza Center, a nonprofit organization that provides programming and assistance to people with mental and physical disabilities. In my day-to-day work at the center, I assist in feeding the participants and helping run activities such as biking, gardening, arts and crafts, cooking, and other fun things! I love working hands-on with the participants and really enjoy getting to know everyone!”

    • “School of Shine is a women’s empowerment school that focuses on helping women find their voice, their values and step into who they are as a leader. For my internship, I have the opportunity to work side by side with the founder as she continues to build the organization. I get to see the day-to-day operation behind what it takes to put together all the educational programs, workshops, retreats, and resources available through the School of Shine. It’s an amazing organization!”

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

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

    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.

    For More Information
    Sarah Jacobs
    Israel and Overseas Associate, Community Planning and Allocations at The Associated
    sjacobs@associated.org, 410-369-9210

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