• Engineering, Research & Rehabilitation

    The Negev is home to leading engineering, research and rehabilitation facilities. Spend the summer gaining hands on experience in these fields while discovering everything Be’er Sheva has to offer. Participants will work side by side with professors conducting research at local universities and labs, be placed in a unique rehabilitation center, or in one of the regions high-tech start ups. This program includes the Max Paul Aleh Negev Track.


    Summer 2020 programs will be opening in mid-November! Click here to be notified when you can apply.

    Onward Israel Theme-based programs are designed for applicants with a specific interest in working and exploring Israel through a topical lens. Intern four to five days a week alongside Israeli peers and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society. Experience Israel through Onward Israel’s exclusive day trips, overnights and seminars. In your free time, explore Be’er Sheva’s amazing culture, restaurants, and nightlife with a cohort of other young adults.

    Preference will be given to applicants who are not eligible for a community or national partner based Onward Israel program. 

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, other leading philanthropists, and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Big Idea. 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. This program features the The Max Paul Aleh Negev track* in partnership with the Jewish National Fund.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in April or earlier if the program fills. 

    Wednesday, June 10 – Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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

    Program Cost

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights. The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $250 security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    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.

    Sample Internships

    ~Research assistant at local university
    ~Shadow professors and work on project development
    ~Cyber Security internship with high tech research center

    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!

    Acceptance Criteria

    ~Applicants between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    ~Must meet MASA eligibility – identify as Jewish and 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)
    ~Fluent in English
    ~Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required

    Apartment or dorm-style housing in Be’er Sheva. 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 and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    *The Max Paul Aleh Negev Track
    Patient care internships at the Aleh Negev Rehabilitation Village in the fields of:
    ~Physical Therapy
    ~Occupational Therapy
    ~Special Education

    For More Information Contact
    Sydney Katz at SydneyK@onwardisrael.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible