• Government, Media, and Social Impact

    The Government, Media, and Social Impact internship program offers participants interested in public affairs, politics and social change the chance to explore the history and vibrant community of Jerusalem. This program includes day trips, overnights and seminars designed to enrich the participant experience and expand their understanding of Israeli life.


    Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in Israel at a heavily subsidized rate. Birthright Israel Onward theme-based programs are designed for applicants eager to work and explore Israel through a topical lens. These programs are tailored to young adults with the desire to see the Jewish state from a different perspective alongside their peers.

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

    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. It is organized by Sachlav. 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

    Summer 2024 Dates: June 3, 2024 – July 28, 2024

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

    Program Cost: $749*

    In addition, participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. 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 here

    *Participants 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 canceled. 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 Birthright Israel Onward’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward.

    For More Information

    Madison Dore


    Acceptance Criteria

    • Applicants between 18-30 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 note: If you wish to participate in a 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider doing so prior to an Onward program. You will not be able to participate in a Birthright Israel trip after participating in a Birthright Israel Onward program.

    Please click here to review the application process.

    Apartment, hostel, or dorm-style housing in Jerusalem.

    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 Birthright Israel Onward housing can vary from program to program, all housing units meet Birthright Israel Onward standards. To learn more about this and other Birthright Israel Onward housing details, please visit our housing FAQ

    Sample Internships

    – Policy research internship at a political think tank

    – Advocacy internship at a local non-profit

    – Affairs internship at a political organization

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

    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!

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible