• Columbia University/Barnard College

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    Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Onward Israel program is geared towards students from Columbia & Barnard looking to live and work in Israel over the summer. 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. 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, explore Israel, experience living like a local, and enjoy travel and unique programming opportunities exclusive to our Columbia/Barnard cohort.

    Important Information

    June 5 – July 30, 2019


    Cost includes all housing expenses, a food stipend, insurance, local transportation and program costs.

    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.  Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $250 participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    Masa-eligible participants in programs which are part of the Onward/Masa partnership may qualify for additional scholarships. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Hillel International and Columbia/Barnard Hillel.  It is organized by Bina.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to undergraduate students attending Columbia University or Barnard College.

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

    In order to be eligible you ideally have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA or Onward Israel program).

    Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa 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.

    Apartments with other Columbia & Barnard Students centrally located in the Tel Aviv area.

    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

    -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

    Elan Kramer, elan@hillel.columbia.edu

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible