• Bay Area

    Live, work and play in Israel this summer while building your resume and making lifetime memories! Onward Israel offers exciting resume building opportunities and internships, providing a global, cross-cultural experience in Israel and direct contact with Israeli peers.

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    Track 1

    Track 2

    Track 3

    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 a Shabbaton 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

    Dates
    Track 1: June 12 – August 6, 2019
    Track 2: June 19 – August 13, 2019
    Track 3: July 3 – August 27, 2019

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close on March 15, 2019 or earlier if the program fills.

    Program Cost
    $500

    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 $250 refundable participation and security deposit in cash 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 program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    Accommodations
    Apartments or dorm-style housing in the Tel Aviv area. Track 1 participants may have the option of selecting apartments or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv or the hip, up-and-coming Jaffa as well.

    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.

    -There are only 100 spots available in the Bay Area program, and demand is very high. As such, please apply only for the track that suits your summer schedule. Each cohort will have unique experiences and the chance to get to know Israel, as well as each other, better.

    -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 programs that are run in partnership with Masa 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.

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

    For More Information

    Sara Naor, saran@onwardisrael.org
    415-857-3721


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