• Hillel Jerusalem

    Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship side by side with Israeli peers. This tailor-made Jerusalem-based internship program provides you with work experience based on your skills, interests and future plans.  


    Applications for Onward Israel Hillel Jerusalem 2020 are closed.

    Click here to be notified when they open for summer 2021

    Participants will intern four-five days a week, explore Israel, experience living like a local, and enjoy travel and unique programming opportunities exclusive to our Hillel cohorts.

    Hillel Onward Israel in Jerusalem is an immersive internship program offering resume-building placements in a wide variety of opportunities in the greater Jerusalem area.

    If health and safety conditions allow. If not, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made approximately two months before the program’s start date. 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.

    Important Information

    June 3 – July 28, 2020

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is restricted past a 2 week quarantine upon arrival. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19.


    Cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, transportation within city, and program costs.

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

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 credit card authorization as a participation and security deposit. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

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

    Additional scholarships for those who require additional financial assistance are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, Hillel International, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Israel Experience.

    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 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!

    In the event that the program needs to shift to be entirely remote, there could be additional limitations on the types of internship placements available. Participants will be asked to be flexible under these circumstances and Onward Israel is committed to making sure participants still have a professional and positive work experience.

    Acceptance Criteria

    • Preference for the Hillel International program will be given to students at the following campuses, where the Hillel has formally committed to recruit:
      1)      University of Colorado Boulder
      2)      University of Connecticut
      3)      University of Delaware*
      4)      University of Maryland*
      5)      University of Virginia
      6)      Virginia Tech
    • Open to Jewish undergraduate students on the campuses listed above who have had one previous short-term Israel Experience: Birthright or a teen travel program
    • Priority will be given to students returning to campus
    • Due to limited spots and high demand, priority will be given to students not eligible for community trips.
    • University of Maryland students participating on Birthright prior to Onward Israel in Summer 2020 should connect with Sapir Frieman prior to applying to an Onward Israel program sfrieman@marylandhillel.org
    • University of Delaware students participating on Birthright prior to Onward Israel in Summer 2020 should connect with Alli Rys prior to applying to an Onward Israel program arys@udel.edu

    Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel. They may also be eligible for additional scholarships from Masa to help fund their participation, although the size of that scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details, please contact Masa Israel Journey directly at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    For More Information

    Paula Harlan, pharlan@hillel.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible