• Greater Washington

    Spend eight weeks this summer living and working in Tel Aviv! Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship, side by side with Israeli peers. On Birthright Israel Onward Greater Washington you’ll have the opportunity to gain professional skills and experience life like a local, while exploring all that Israel has to offer.


    This Tel Aviv based internship program places you in a workplace based on your skills, interests, and future plans. Intern 4  5 days a week and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society through the Israel Seminar Days, group activities, a weekend seminar, and more.

    The Israel Now Days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics. 

    Outside of your placement, spend quality time with Israelis and explore Tel Aviv’s exciting beaches, nightlife, and culture. The Birthright Israel Onward Greater Washington program provides you the opportunity to make the most of your summer professionally and personally. Grow your skills and network while having the experience of a lifetime! 

    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, along with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. It is organized by Authentic Israel. 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.

    Dates: Monday, June 3 – Sunday, July 28, 2024

    Participants MUST be available for the full duration of the program. 

    Cost: $999*

    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.  

    *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 cancelled. 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 Onward’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward or your local partner professional. 

    Accommodations: Apartment, hostel, or dorm-style housing in Tel-Aviv.

    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.  


    Acceptance Criteria

    • Current students from the following campuses will be prioritized:
      American University
      College of William & Mary
      Christopher Newport University
      Gallaudet University
      George Mason University
      Georgetown University
      James Madison University
      University of Mary Washington
      Goerge Washington University
    • Applicants from Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia will be considered if spots on their respective Birthright Israel Onward programs are filled.
    • 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 on a Birthright Israel trip after participating on Onward.  

    Please click here to review the application process.

    Sample Internships
    – Social Media and outreach internship with local NGO or non-profit
    – Business Development internship with social media start-up
    – Event coordination and promotion intern for management company
    – Public Relations internship with a museum

    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!

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


    Organizations That Make This Program Possible