• Columbia/Barnard Hillel

    Columbia/Barnard Hillel Onward Israel is geared towards students from Columbia & Barnard looking to live and work in Israel over the summer.

    Gain international work experience in order to set yourself apart as you move forward on your career path! The Columbia/Barnard Hillel Onward Israel 8 week program offers you a chance to expand and deepen your internship and to gain professional skills, relationships, and experience. You will spend your time on the program interning in Israel and immersing yourself in Israeli culture.


    Columbia/Barnard Hillel Onward Israel is an immersive internship program offering resume building placements in a wide variety of opportunities in the greater Tel Aviv Area. This opportunity stretches to a variety of different internship placements and allows students to develop their professional future, gain international work experience, and build their resume through a high-level internship in the field of their choice. Students spend their time on the program living, experiencing, and interning in Israel. This 8-week program places students in an internship based on their skills, interests, and future plans.

    Participants will intern four-five days a week, experience living like a local, and enjoy travel and unique programming opportunities exclusive for the Columbia/Barnard Hillel cohort to explore the culture, foods, and sights of Israel (through Israel Now Tour Days, a Shabbaton, evening activities, remote educational aspects and more).

    This Birthright Israel Onward- Masa program is operated through the philanthropic support of leading North American Foundations through the Birthright Israel Foundation, the Government of Israel, Masa Israel Journey,  and the Jewish Agency, along with Hillel International and Columbia/Barnard Hillel. It is organized by IGT. For more information about participating in a long-term Masa program after Birthright Israel Onward and the potential impact on future Masa grants, view our FAQ here.


    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in the beginning of March or earlier if the program fills

    Dates For Summer 2024 TBD

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

    Program Cost

    In addition, participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit via Zelle or check in advance of the program. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.


    The program cost includes housing, educational programming, program staff, basic medical insurance, and ground transportation within the city of residence.

    Participants are responsible for the cost of flights, food, and phone coverage. To learn about this and other Birthright Israel Onward program details, please visit our FAQ

    *Participants are advised to not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins and are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Birthright Israel Onward is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled. Note, participants will be given their expected address approximately two weeks before the program begins, if not earlier.

    Scholarships to help offset the program cost may be available for those who need additional assistance and meet Onward’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward or your local partner professional.

    Apartment, hostel, hotel, or dorm-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. Though Onward Israel housing can vary from program to program, it generally meets basic Onward Israel standards. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Acceptance Criteria

    • Applicants between 19-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school, studying at Columbia University or Barnard College
    • Must be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    • Applicants must NOT have spent 3 or more consecutive months in Israel after high school, or participated in a Birthright Israel Onward program or any other mid-term or long-term educational program in Israel. Must meet Masa Israel Journey Eligibility criteria (
    • Fluent in English
    • Have a valid Passport for at least 6 months after the program end date

    Please note: If you wish to participate in a 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider doing so prior to an Onward program. You will not be able to participate on Birthright Israel trip after participating on Onward.

    Please click here to review the application process. 

    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!

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

    Yakov Shapiro, Israel Fellow – Ys3527@columbia.edu

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible