• Hillel Tel Aviv

    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!


    Live, work, and play on the Mediterranean! The Hillel Onward Israel program in the bustling start-up city of Tel Aviv offers you the opportunity to develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship tailor-made to you! 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.

    The heart of our program is a resume-building work experience based on your skills, interests and future plans. You will also have the chance to connect with Israeli peers through Hillel’s vast Israel network.

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

    Important Information

    June 12 – August 6, 2019

    Program Cost

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

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    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.

    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 on March 15, 2019 or earlier if the program fills.

    Apartments 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.

    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 undergraduate 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:
      • Michigan State University
      • University of Delaware
      • University of Maryland
      • University of Texas at Austin
      • University of Virginia
      • Virginia Tech
    • 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

    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. 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.

    For More Information

    Paula Harlan, pharlan@hillel.org

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