• Camp Counselor Internship

    Designed specifically for camp counselors, this program offers an intensive internship and Jewish identity formation program in Israel.


    Applications for this program have closed. Spaces are still available on our Theme Based and Advance Programs.  

    This program runs for five weeks – it begins in  May when many college students complete their academic year and ends in mid June before the beginning of staff week for Jewish camps. Participants will combine their internship with Israel engagement activities such as tour days, shabbatons, and more. At the end of the program, participants will return to camp as veteran counselors with a deeper connection to Israeli culture.The goal of this program is to allow participants to complete an international internship, and return to work as a counselor in the place they hold so dear. Additionally, camps will have the opportunity to welcome back accomplished counselors as leaders of their staff to provide consistency and longevity.

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

    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. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright Israel. This program is organized by Tlalim.

    If for public health or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. 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, within a week of the decision for the program to be conducted remotely. If a program is cancelled completely due to health or safety conditions in Israel, participants will receive a full refund of their program fee. 

    Important Information

    Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand current entry requirements and other important information. Please be aware as you review our COVID-19 Response page that your program is considered a non-MASA program. 

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a quarantine period upon arrival in Israel for some or all participants. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is further restricted. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19 and our webpage.

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in April or earlier if the program fills. 

    Track 1: Monday, May 9 – Sunday, June 12, 2022
    Track 2: Monday, May 16 – Sunday, June 19, 2022 

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

    Program Cost

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $175 security deposit in cash 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 flights until approximately one month before the program start date. Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund/change policy & flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights/flight changes should the program need to be cancelled or shifted to remote.

    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.

    For More Information
    Contact: Alyssa Glucksman at AlyssaG@onwardisrael.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to any returning counselor who has been hired to work at participating camps during Summer 2022.  If you are unsure if your camp is participating, please email Alyssa Glucksman. Your Camp employment is a work contract between you and your camp with job responsibilities outlined and negotiated with the Camp Director.

    – Must be at least 19 years old

    – Completed at least one year of college (sophomore year and beyond will be given preference)

    – Have had one previous short-term Israel experience

    – Valid passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)

    Hostel 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. While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ

    Sample Internships

    -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

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

    *If this program goes fully remote there will be limitations on the internships offered. Participants will be asked to be flexible under the circumstances as Onward Israel remains committed to ensuring participants still have a meaningful internship experience

    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!

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible