• Camp Counselor Internship

    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.

    Designed specifically for camp counselors, this program offers a five-week intensive internship and Jewish identity formation program in Israel.


    Applications for Onward Israel Camp Counselor 2020 are closed.

    The program starts in early-May, when many college students complete their academic year, to mid-June, when staff orientation for camp begins. Participants will combine their internship with high level learning and Israel engagement activities including, tour days, evening programs, a Shabbaton and more. At the end of the five weeks, they will return to work at camp as veteran counselors. The goal of the program is to allow participants to complete an international internship, and work as a leader in a place they hold so dearly. Furthermore, camp welcomes accomplished counselors back as leaders and role models whose longevity provides consistency and stability.

    The Camp Counselor Internship takes place in Jerusalem and provides a comprehensive work experience, enabling each participant to experience another side of life in Israel while building their skills and resume.

    Important Information

    Program Cost

    Cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs.

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $175 participation and security deposit, cash upon 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.

    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 participating camps.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to any returning counselor who has been hired to work at participating camps during summer 2020.  If you are unsure if your camp is participating, feel free to check by calling Onward Israel at 212-339-6941. Your Camp employment is a work contract between you and your camp with job responsibilities outlined and negotiated with the Camp Director.

    Applicants must be at least 19 years old.

    Applicants must have completed at least one year of college (sophomore year and beyond will be given preference).

    Applicants must have had one previous short-term Israel experience.

    Preference will be given to camps with a cohort of three or more applicants.

    Apartment or dorms in Jerusalem.

    Track 1 of the Camp Counselor program will have alternative housing for the first three to five days of the program.

    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
    Possible internships include:
    -Social Media and outreach internship with local NGO or non-profit
    -Business Development internship with social media start-up
    -Event coordination and promotion intern for management company
    -Public Relations internship with a museum

    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!

    For More Information
    Email Eliana Rohrig elianar@onwardisrael.org


    Organizations That Make This Program Possible