• Camp Counselor Internship

    Due to high demand, applications for Camp Counselor Summer 2019 are now closed. Click through to be redirected to other programs you might be eligible for.


    Due to high demand, applications for Camp Counselor Summer 2019 are now closed. Please view our remaining open programs to see if you are eligible! Click here for more information.

    Designed specifically for overnight camp counselors, this internship offers a five-week intensive internship and Jewish identity formation program in Israel from 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. 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. The program offers internship placements in a wide variety of industries located in greater Jerusalem.

    Program begins in:

    Important Information


    Track 1: May 6, 2019 – June 6, 2019

    Track 2: May 13, 2019 – June 13, 2019

    Program Cost: $300

    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 $150 participation and security deposit in 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 the Avi Chai Foundation. It is organized by Young Judaea.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to any returning counselor who has been hired to work at camp during summer 2019.  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 style dorms on Young Judea’s campus in Baka, Jerusalem (Near Emek Refaim)*

    *Track 1 will begin the program in a temporary housing solution and then will join Track 2 in Young Judea’s Beit Ar El. Subject to change based on final number of participants.

    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 Koby Geller at kobyg@onwardisrael.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible