• Columbus

    Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship side by side with Israeli peers.

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    Applications for Onward Israel Columbus 2020 are closed. Click here to be notified when applications open for Summer 2021.

    This 8-week Tel Aviv based internship program places you in a workplace based on your skills, interests and future plans. Intern 4-5 days a week, and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society through the Israel Seminar Days, group activities, a weekend seminar with participants from other Onward Israel programs and more. The Israel seminar days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics.

    Outside of your placement, spend quality time with Israelis and explore Tel Aviv’s exciting beaches, nightlife and culture. Enjoy a home hospitality weekend in Columbus’s Partnership community of Kfar Saba and a weekend retreat with Jewish students from across North America and the world. Opportunities will be available to learn about how to create Israeli engagement back in Columbus through this experience and the variety of professional opportunities Columbus has to offer.

    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.

    Important Information

    Dates
    June 09-August 03, 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
    $500*

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $250 security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel or in advance via credit card. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    All participants are responsible for the cost of and arrangement of their own flights.  Participants should not purchase your flights 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.

    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.

    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.

    Accommodations
    In modern shared apartments in greater 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.  Apartments may be co-ed.

    While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Contact
    Cydney Goldberg cydney@osuhillel.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    Open to young professionals and students who are either from Columbus, or are currently attending university in Columbus or in central Ohio, with preference given to underclassmen.

    Between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program) who 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).

    For students and young professionals who have had one previous short-term Israel experience.

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

    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.

    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.

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

    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.


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