• 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 rich history and vibrant community of Jerusalem. This program includes day trips, overnights and thought-provoking seminars designed to enrich the participant experience and expand their understanding of Israeli life. Interns work four to five days a week alongside Israeli peers and professionals while gaining valuable resume building experience. In your free time, you can wander the streets of the Old City, hang out in Machane Yehuda Market and bond with your cohort of fellow Jewish young adults.

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    Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in Israel at a heavily subsidized rate. Onward Israel 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.

    *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. It is organized by Sachlav. 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:

    Wednesday June 7 – Tuesday August 1, 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: $600

    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 $300 security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. 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 Onward 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.

    For More Information
    Contact:

    Aaron Feldstein

    aaronf@onwardisrael.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    • Applicants between 19-30 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    • 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.
    • 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.*

    Accommodations
    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 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

    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 this program please click here for some important information regarding internship placements:

    *If this program goes fully remote there will be limitations on the internships offered. Participants will be asked to be flexible under the circumstances as Onward Israel remains committed to ensuring participants still have a meaningful internship experience

    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!


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