• 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.

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    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.

    *Please visit our Covid-19 Response for the most up to date information regarding vaccination requirements and entry into Israel.*

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Birthright Israel Foundation and Masa Israel Journey, Hillel International, and GW Hillel who contributes $300 for each participant and participant fees. It is organized by IGT. For more information about participating in a longer term Masa program after Onward Israel and the potential impact of participating in Onward Israel 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. Apply now!

    Dates
    Monday, May 29 2023 – Sunday, July 23 2023

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

    If for public health or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. Click here to review our FAQ, including information on remote programs regarding internships, programming and more.

    Program Cost
    $800*

    The program cost includes housing, educational program, program staff, medical insurance, partial laundry provisions, and ground transportation within the city of residence. 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.

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights and spending money upon arrival in Israel (including for food). Participants should 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. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled or shifted to be remote. Note, participants will be told approximately a month or two before the program begins their expected arrival and departure times.

    Applicants participating in Birthright Israel trips ahead of an Onward Israel program must join their group on the first day of their Onward Israel program. Applicants will be responsible for their own accommodations if there is a gap between Birthright Israel and Onward Israel programs.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Birthright  Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    Masa-eligible participants in programs which are part of the Onward/Masa partnership may qualify for additional scholarships. For more information, contact Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    Accommodations
    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 19-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school, and studying at George Washington University
    -Identify as Jewish and have NOT spent 3 or more consecutive 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). Note, Alumni of Onward Israel programs (even if they are Masa eligible) are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In some cases this might be possible (alumni can check with Onward Israel staff on a case by case basis), but program subsidies will be significantly lower and therefore the program fee will be higher.
    -GW Hillel is only considering applicants who are considered eligible by the criteria mentioned above (and will not be considering Onward Israel alumni or long terms program alumni)
    -Fluent in English
    -Have a valid Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
    -Previous participation in Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    -Onward Israel alumni are not eligible for Birthright Israel trips. If you wish to participate in a 7- or 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider participating in a Birthright Israel trip prior to an Onward Israel program.

    Please click here to review the application process. Note: there could be slight differences between programs.

    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 Engineering, STEM, Green Energy, Computer Science, Finance, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:


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