• Bay Area

    Live, work and play in Israel this summer while building your resume and making lifelong memories! Onward Israel offers exciting resume building internships while also providing an opportunity for cross-cultural experiences with Israeli peers.

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    Applications for this program have closed. Please sign up here to be notified when summer applications open.

    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, and Shabbatonim with a cohort of other young adults from the Bay Area community.  These program days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics. Explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, food scene, and culture in your free time. Join the Onward Israel Bay Area program to have the Summer of a lifetime!

    *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. It is organized by Sachlav. 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.

    Dates
    TBD
    You 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
    $600*

    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 $300 security deposit in cash or check upon arrival in Israel. 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.

    Accommodations
    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.

    For More Information
    Additional scholarships are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    Contact: Jason Steckler
    jasonst@onwardisrael.org, 415-857-3721

    Acceptance Criteria

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

    Accommodations

    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.

    Sample Internships:

    Programming internship at a growing tech start-up

    Business Development internship with a media company

    Research assistant at a local university laboratory

    Marketing internship with local NGO or Nonprofit

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


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