• Camp Counselor Internship

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


    *Registration for the Onward Israel Camp Counselor Program has 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.

    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.

    Important Information

    If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the program to take place on the ground, the program will shift to being entirely remote. This decision will be made on March 10, 2021. 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.

    Before you apply, click the button below to read important information related to COVID-19 preparedness.

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

    Wednesday, May 12 – Tuesday, June 15, 2021

    *Registration for the Onward Israel Camp Counselor Program has Closed*

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

    Please note, if health/safety conditions require a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel, then this program will instead shift entirely to remote. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19

    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 a decision has been made about the viability of the program.

    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.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to any returning counselor who has been hired to work at participating camps during Summer 2021.  If you are unsure if your camp is participating, please email Eliana Rohrig. 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

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

    Apartment or dorm-style housing in Jerusalem.  Learn more about everything this city has to offer here! 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

    *Please note the Camp Counselor program will have alternative housing for the first three to five days of the program.

    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

    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
    Contact: Eliana Rohrig at ElianaR@onwardisrael.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible