• Hillel Jerusalem

    Hillel Onward Israel participants will be matched with internships that connect to their creative passion and offer real-world experience in unique fields. In addition to living in shared accommodations with other Hillel Onward participants, participants will explore Israel and experience living like a local!


    Due to high demand, applications for this program are closed for Summer 2018. Please click here to view our other programs. 

    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.

    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.

    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 Israel Experience.

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

    Important Information

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

    Participants will be required to submit a $250 credit card authorization as a participation and security deposit. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing. Admission is rolling. Applications will close in March, 2018 or earlier if the program fills.

    June 11-August 5

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Acceptance Criteria

    • Open to Jewish students on North American campuses who have had one previous short-term Israel Experience: Birthright or a teen travel program
    • Preference for the Hillel International program will be given to students at the following campuses, where the Hillel has formally committed to recruit:
      • University of Virginia
      • Virginia Tech
      • Cornell
      • University of Maryland
      • University of Central Florida
      • George Washington University
      • University of Delaware
    • A limited number of spaces are available to students who are active at Hillels on campuses not listed above. To find more opportunities for students from other campuses, click here.
    • Priority will be given to students returning to campus

    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
    Research in a lab
    Shadow in a hospital
    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

    Ali Gugerty, agugerty@hillel.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible