Government & Politics
As the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel is truly the best place to experience interning with leading NGOs, think tanks, local government agencies, and community centers dealing with politics, education, and community engagement.
Applications for this program have closed.
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. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is organized by Tlalim.
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. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. 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, within a week of the decision for the program to be conducted remotely. If a program is cancelled completely due to health or safety conditions in Israel, participants will receive a full refund of their program fee.
Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand the current entry requirements and important information. Please be aware as you review our COVID-19 Response page that your program is considered a MASA program.
Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a quarantine period upon arrival in Israel for some or all participants. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is further restricted. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19 and our webpage.
Admission is rolling. Applications will close in April or earlier if the program fills.
Wednesday, June 1 – Tuesday, July 26, 2022
You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.
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 approximately one month before the program start date. Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund/change policy & flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights/flight changes should the program need to be cancelled or shifted to remote.
*If the program becomes entirely remote, the program cost will be $150.
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.
For More Information
– Applicants between 19-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school
– 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 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 significantly higher
– Fluent in English
– Have a valid passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
– Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
Apartment/Hotel/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.
– Policy research internship at a political think tank
– Advocacy internship at a local non-profit
– Affairs internship at a political organization
*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!