• Hillel at the George Washington University Summer 2023 Program

    Gain international work experience to set yourself apart as you move forward on your career path! The George Washington University Hillel Onward Israel 8 week program offers you a chance to expand your professional skills, relationships, and experience. You will spend your time on the program interning in Israel, immersing yourself in Israeli culture.


    The George Washington University Hillel Onward Israel program in the bustling start-up city of Tel Aviv offers you the opportunity to develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship experience. Participants will get to live with other GW students on top of travel and learn throughout the experience. In addition, there will be Israel Seminar Days throughout your time in Israel, amongst other activities devoted to learning about Israeli society, economy, technology and more, plus one weekend retreat with other Onward Israel participants from North America and the world. They have the freedom to live in and explore Israel in a more independent way than just visiting Israel on a trip focused on touring.

    GW Hillel is proud to invest in students who are thinking critically about the world and their careers. Both Onward Israel and GW Hillel work to keep the program cost as low as possible for you. We invest a significant amount in this program and are actively recruiting students who are committed to growing, learning, challenging themselves and returning to campus as a strong leader and supporter of building Jewish life at GW.

    This Birthright Israel Onward- Masa program is operated through the philanthropic support of leading North American Foundations through the Birthright Israel Foundation, the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency, along with Hillel International and GW Hillel. It is organized by IGT. For more information about participating in a long-term Masa program after Birthright Israel Onward and the potential impact on future Masa grants, view our FAQ here.


    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in the beginning of March or earlier if the program fills.

    Dates For Summer 2024 TBD

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

    Program Cost

    In addition, participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit via Zelle or check in advance of the program. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    The program cost includes housing, educational programming, program staff, basic medical insurance, and ground transportation within the city of residence.

    Participants are responsible for the cost of flights, food, and phone coverage. To learn about this and other Birthright Israel Onward program details, please visit our FAQ.

    *Participants are advised to not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins and are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Birthright Israel Onward is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled. Note, participants will be given their expected address approximately two weeks before the program begins, if not earlier.

    Scholarships to help offset the program cost may be available for those who need additional assistance and meet Onward’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward or your local partner professional.


    Apartment, hostel, hotel, or dorm-style housing 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. Though Onward Israel housing can vary from program to program, it generally meets basic Onward Israel standards. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    For More Information Contact
     Sara Evangelista, sara@gwhillel.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    • Applicants between 18-35 years old and not currently enrolled in high school
    • Must be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    • Applicants must NOT have spent 3 or more consecutive months in Israel after high school, or participated in a Birthright Israel Onward program or any other mid-term or long-term educational program in Israel. Must meet Masa Israel Journey Eligibility criteria (click here to review) including not having received Masa funding towards participation on a previous program
    • Fluent in English
    • Have a valid Passport for at least 6 months after the program end date

    Please click here to review the application process. 

    This program is open to young adults from George Washington University with an interest in interning with the field that compliments what they are studying. This program is ideally for students who have had one previous short-term Israel experience – such as Birthright Israel or a teen travel program – and for students who have a strong desire to be part of a GW student cohort and meet other GW students.

    Sample Internships:
    -Social Media and outreach internship with local NGO or non-profit
    -Business Development internship with social media start-up
    -Speech therapy internship with a non-profit organization
    -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!

    Applicants interested in internships in the fields of STEM, Finance, Law, and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements: 



    Organizations That Make This Program Possible