• 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.

    Are you looking to strengthen or enhance your professional and personal relationship to Israel and your Jewish identity? Are you looking for a high-level internship, in your field of choice with an Israeli company? You can join other Jewish young adults from universities and campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area during an 8-week immersive experience, living, connecting, working, and traveling in Israel.


    During this Tel Aviv-based internship program, you are placed in an Israeli work culture based on your interest, skills and future career goals. You intern four to five days a week; immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society with a cohort of other students and young adults from the Bay Area, participate in seminars, meaningful weekenders/Shabbatonim and Israel travel days to delve further into Israel’s unique complexities. Program days include visits to local communities in Israel, local NGO’s, and explorations into Israel’s diverse culture, environment and politics.

    In your free time, we encourage your personal and cohort’s collective exploration of Tel Aviv’s exciting offerings; including, nightlife, beaches, the food scene and culture. We provide the platform for exploration and encourage you to think about the ways you can integrate, contribute and make your experience as fulfilling as possible.

    Join the Bay Area Onward Israel program for a summer in Israel of deep connection, growth and belonging!

    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. It is organized by Bina.

    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.

    Important Information

    Admission on a rolling-basis. Applications will close in March or earlier if the program fills. Apply now!

    Track 1: Monday, June 14 – Sunday, August 8, 2021 *Tentative*

    Track 2: Monday, July 5 – Sunday, August 29, 2021 *Tentative*

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

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement 2-week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is restricted past 2 week quarantine upon arrival. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19

    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 your flights until a decision has been made about the viability of the program. 

    If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the program to take place, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made by April 2021. 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.

    *If this becomes a remote program, the program cost will change to reflect this shift in expenses. The program cost will then be $150 and the difference will be refunded.

    Additional scholarships for those who require additional financial assistance are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    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.

    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.

    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 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)

    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 (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA or Onward Israel program)

    – Must be fluent in English.

    Sample Internships:

    Hands on coding experience as a full stack developer/mobile developer

    Legal marketing/research: assist legal firms in Israel with international M&A agreements, transactions, English materials and international ranking

    Work with an up and coming Israeli startup, support capital raising, search funding opportunities and potential investors, pitch it to the company and continue business outreach

    Brand Analysis and US Market research: learn about leading Israeli retail brands, local trends and sales, research the US market, identify trends and assist to strategies for brand expansion to the US

    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 to find the right match! 

    *In the event that the program needs to shift to be entirely remote, there could be additional limitations on the types of internship placements available. Participants will be asked to be flexible under these circumstances and Onward Israel is committed to making sure participants still have a professional and positive work experience.

    Remote Internship Opportunities:

    In the event that the program is shifted to remote, participants would be paired with an Israeli company or organization and assigned work projects to complete over the course of the program. It is expected that participants complete their work projects during the designated dates of the program and fully participate in all required enrichment activities. The type of work that participants would complete remotely might differ from what they would be doing in person. Additionally, some fields or internship types might not be available as hands-on work won’t be possible

    For More Information:

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

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