• 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.


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    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.

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

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Birthright Israel Foundation and Masa Israel Journey. For more information about participating in a longer term Masa program after Onward Israel and the potential impact of participating in Onward Israel on future Masa grants view our FAQ here.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in the beginning of March or earlier if the program fills. Apply now!

    June 8 – August 2, 2022

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

    If for public health or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to 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, educational program, program staff, medical insurance, partial laundry provisions, and ground transportation within the city of residence. In addition, participants will be required to submit a $X 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 cancelled or shifted to be remote. Note, 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 Birthright  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, contact Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    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. 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.

    Acceptance Criteria

    -Priority given to college students and recent graduates from Baltimore, Maryland
    -Applicants between 19-30 years old (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 consecutive 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). 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 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
    -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.

    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!”

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

    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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