• 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.


    Registration for this program has closed. Please visit our Pre-Registration page to be notified when new Onward Israel programs open for registration.

    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.

    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, remote educational aspects and more).

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by IGT. Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel although the size of any potential scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close on March 23. Apply now!

    May 31 – July 25, 2021

    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 program is much higher and is subsidized 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities/institutions.  Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights. Flight should not be purchased until a decision has been made about the viability 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.

    Participants will be required to pay a $350 security deposit prior to arriving in Israel via Credit Card or ACH via IGT’s payment portal. Deposits will be refunded after the trip, pending full completion of the program and good standing.

    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 Onward Israel program).

    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