• Bay Area

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately chosen to cancel this Onward Israel program for summer 2020. To receive information for the summer 2021 season, please visit www.onwardisrael.org/prereg.

    Interns can build their resumes through personalized, high-level internships in the field of their choice. Join other young adults from the San Francisco Bay Area campuses during an 8-week immersive experience living, working and traveling in modern day Israel.


    Applications for Onward Israel Bay Area 2020 are closed.

    During this Tel Aviv-based internship program, you are placed in a work environment based on your skills, interests and future plans. You will intern four to five days a week, and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society through breakout seminars, weekenders, Israel touring days, in addition to other activities with a cohort of other young adults from your home community.  These program days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics.

    In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, food scene, and culture. Enjoy a weekend with peers from around the world at an Onward Israel Weekend Seminar and explore all that Israel has to offer on free weekends.

    Join the Onward Israel Bay Area program and have the summer of a lifetime!

    Important Information

    Track 1: June 10 – August 4

    Track 2: July 1 – August 25

    Program Cost

    Includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs.  

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights to and from Israel.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 refundable participation and security deposit in cash or check upon their arrival in Israel.  Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing. 

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

    Apartments or dorm-style housing in the Tel Aviv area.

    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

    -This program is open to students on Bay Area campuses. It is intended for young adults who have had previous short-term Israel experience, Birthright Israel or a teen travel program, or similar.

    -Must be fluent in English.

    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 professional.

    Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel. They may also be eligible for additional scholarships from Masa to help fund their participation, although the size of that scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly. For details, please contact Masa Israel Journey directly at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Masa Israel Journey.  It is organized by Bina.

    For More Information
    Jason Steckler,jasonst@onwardisrael.org

    For More Information

    Jason Steckler, jasonst@onwardisrael.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible