• Government & Politics

    As the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel is truly a unique place to experience the geopolitical landscape while delving deeper into the fields of government relations, policy change, and modern social services. Participants will have the opportunity to gain first hand experience by interning with leading NGOs, think tanks, local government agencies, and community centers dealing with politics, education, and engagement at different levels.

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    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 Jerusalem’s amazing nightlife, culture, and rich history with a cohort of other young Jewish adults

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

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Destination Israel.

    Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs 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 at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    Important Information

    If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the program to take place on the ground, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made by April 2021. Participants who do not wish to participate on an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.

    Before you apply, click the button below to read important information related to COVID-19 preparedness.

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

    Dates
    Wednesday, June 2 – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19

    Program Cost
    $400*

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $200 security deposit. The security deposit can either be paid in advance via credit card or 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.  Participants should not purchase flights until a decision has been made about the viability of the program.

    *If the program becomes entirely remote, the program cost will be $150.

    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

    Accommodations
    Apartment or dorm-style housing in Jerusalem.  Learn more about everything this city has to offer here! 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 actual cost of the Onward Israel – Masa program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, Masa Israel Journey and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    Sample Internships

    – Policy research internship at a political think tank

    – Advocacy internship at a local non-profit

    – Affairs internship at a political organization

    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!

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


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