• Chicago

    Live and work in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem this summer! Experience life as a local with Chicago Onward Israel. Participants are matched with high-level, competitive internships in their fields of study that offer real world experience in unique fields.


    Registration for this program is closed. Please click here to be alerted when new program applications open.

    This tailor-made internship program places you in an internship based on your skills, interests and future plans, and provides opportunities to travel throughout Israel and experience Israeli culture and society firsthand.

    If health and safety conditions do not allow for an in person program, the program will shift to being entirely remote. This decision will be made approximately two months before the program’s start date. Please note, if the program transitions to remote, 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.

    This program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, Masa Israel Journey, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and other leading philanthropists. It is organized by Israel Experience.

    Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel. They may also be eligible for additional scholarships from Masa to help fund their participation, although the size of that scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details, please contact Masa Israel Journey directly at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    Important Information

    Tel Aviv Track 1: June 16 – August 10, 2021

    Jerusalem: June 23 – August 17, 2021

    Tel Aviv Track 2: June 30 – August 24, 2021

    *Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine up arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift entirely remote if travel is restricted past a 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 via credit card authorization. Charges will not be made if participants complete the program in good standing.

    All participants are responsible for arranging their own flights. Flights are not included in the cost of the program.

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

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, and the Chicago Jewish community through the Jewish United Fund of Chicago.

    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.

    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.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to college students from Illinois, and/or attending school in Illinois or at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Participants must be between 18-25 years of age, and have not spent 3 or more months in Israel on an organized program post- high school (including semester abroad, gap year, or any other MASA or Onward Israel program). Preference will be given to students who will be returning to campus for at least one semester following the conclusion of the Onward Israel program.

    Previous participation in Taglit- Birthright Israel is encouraged for eligible applicants.

    Graduating seniors are not eligible.

    Participants live in apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The number of participants per room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and the number of participants on the program. Participants should be prepared to share a room with at least one other same-gendered participant.

    While meeting common standards, Onward Israel apartments 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

    -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!

    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.

    For More Information

    Please contact onwardisrael@juf.org

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