• Columbia/Barnard Hillel

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately chosen to cancel this Onward Israel program for summer 2020. To receive information for the summer 2021 season, please visit www.onwardisrael.org/prereg.

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


    Applications for Onward Israel Columbia/Barnard Hillel 2020 are closed. Click here to be notified when they open for summer 2021.

    Columbia/Barnard Hillel Onward Israel is for students from Columbia & Barnard looking to spend their summer living and working in Israel. 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.

    If health and safety conditions allow. If not, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made approximately two months before the program’s start date. 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.

    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 and more).

    Important Information


    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is restricted past a 2 week quarantine upon arrival. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19


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

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel – Masa program is much higher and is subsidized 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, Masa Israel Journey, and local Jewish communities/institutions.  Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 participation and security deposit in cash or check upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

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

    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.

    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 semesters abroad, gap years, or any other MASA/Onward Israel program).

    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 participation in Onward Israel. For details, please contact Masa Israel Journey directly at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    Apartments with other Columbia & Barnard students centrally located 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 program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    *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.

    Sample Internships

    -Social Media and Outreach Intern for a local non-profit
    -Business Analyst Intern for Deloitte
    -Influencer Marketing and Brand Partnership Intern for a digital media agency
    -Creative Development Intern for the Jaffa Theatre: A Stage for Arab-Hebrew Culture
    -Research Intern for a Global Diplomacy Think Tank
    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