• Government & Politics

    Due to high demand, applications for Government & Politics Summer 2019 are now closed. Click through to be redirected to other programs you might be eligible for.


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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 adults.

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

    Important Information

    May 29 – July 23, 2019

    Program Cost

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, modest food stipend, and ground transportation.

    All participants are responsible for cost of and arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $250 participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    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.

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


    Acceptance Criteria

    -Applicants between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)

    -Who 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

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

    Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa 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.

    Apartment 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.

    While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Sample Internships

    -Social Media and Content Writing internship for Israeli think tank
    -Policy Research internship with an NGO
    -Advocacy internship with institute for monitoring peace and cultural tolerance

    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: Ilana Shtivelman at ilanash@onwardisrael.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible