• 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.


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

    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!

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, and Masa Israel Journey. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright Israel. It is organized by Sachlav. Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs 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 at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    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. 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 health or safety conditions in Israel, participants will receive a full refund of their program fee. 

    Important Information

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

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

    Track 1: Wednesday, June 8 – Tuesday, August 2, 2022
    Track 2: Wednesday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 30, 2022
    You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    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 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.  Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program start date. Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund/change policy & flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights/flight changes should the program need to be cancelled or shifted to remote.

    *If the program becomes entirely remote, the program cost will be $150.

    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.

    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, or similar

    – 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 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 significantly higher

    – Fluent in English

    – Valid passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)

    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.

    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, Computer Science, Finance, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:

    *If this program goes fully remote there will be limitations on the internships offered. Participants will be asked to be flexible under the circumstances as Onward Israel remains committed to ensuring participants still have a meaningful internship experience

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