• Bay Area

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


    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 Bay Area Birthright Israel Onward program to have the Summer of a lifetime!

    This Birthright Israel Onward- Masa program is operated through the philanthropic support of leading North American Foundations through the Birthright Israel Foundation, the Government of Israel, Masa Israel Journey, and the Jewish Agency. It is organized by Sachlav. For more information about participating in a long-term Masa program after Birthright Israel Onward and the potential impact 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.


    Track 1: Monday, June 17th, 2024 – Sunday, August 11th, 2024
    Track 2: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 – Tuesday, August 27th, 2024 

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

    Program Cost: $999*

    In addition, participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit via cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    The program cost includes housing, educational programming, program staff, basic medical insurance, and ground transportation within the city of residence.

    Participants are responsible for the cost of flights, food, and phone coverage.

    To learn about this and other Birthright Israel Onward program details, please visit our FAQ.

    *Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Birthright Israel Onward is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled. Note, participants will be given their expected address approximately two weeks before the program begins, if not earlier.

    *Scholarships to help offset the program cost may be available for those who need additional assistance and meet Onward’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward 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 Birthright Israel Onward housing can vary from program to program, all housing units meet Birthright Israel Onward standards. To learn more about this and other Birthright Israel Onward housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.


    Acceptance Criteria

    -This program is open to students on Bay Area campuses and permanent residents of the Bay Area. 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 18-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school
    -Must be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    -Applicants must NOT have spent 3 or more consecutive months in Israel after high school, or participated in a Birthright Israel Onward program or any other mid-term or long-term educational program in Israel.
    -Must meet Masa Israel Journey Eligibility criteria (click here to review)
    -Fluent in English
    -Have a valid Passport for at least 6 months after the program end date

    Please note: If you wish to participate in a 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider doing so prior to an Onward program. You will not be able to participate on a Birthright Israel trip after participating on Onward.

    Please click here to review the application process.

    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

    Not sure what type of internship you are looking for or unsure if you can find it in Israel? Our internship coordinators work one-on-one with each participant!

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


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

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible