• Los Angeles

    Join fellow Angelenos for the most epic summer abroad in Tel Aviv – interning, living, and exploring. Birthright Israel Onward LA is an 8-week immersive internship program in Tel Aviv.


    • Intern 4-5 days a week at places like an Israeli tech startup, a financial investment firm, or a creative agency (and more!).
    • A relevant resume building and professional opportunity to advance your career in a work environment based on your skills, interests, and fields of study.
    • Immerse yourself and discover the magic, complexity, and diversity of contemporary Israeli society.

    Throughout the summer you’ll make new friends, explore the foodie scene, take in Tel Aviv’s nightlife, hit Israel’s pristine beaches, pick up some conversational Hebrew, and see the sites through Onward Israel’s day trips, overnights and seminars. We encourage you to apply to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’s Birthright Israel Onward program and join a diverse cohort of Angelenos that reflects the diversity of Jewish LA.

    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 Los Angeles. It is organized by Destination 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 For Summer 2024 TBD

    You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    Program Cost: $999*

    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 advised to not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins and 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

    • Applicants who are students and young professionals living year-round in the Greater Los Angeles area. Priority is given to students enrolled in Los Angeles universities and colleges (i.e. UCLA, USC, CSUN, SMC, LMU, Occidental, etc.)
    • Applicants between 18-35 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
    Heschel Center for Sustainability
    Kav Laoved, a non-profit advocating for the rights of migrant workers
    Discovery Gan

    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: 



    For questions or to speak to an Onward Israel LA alum – email: Sgoodis@jewishla.org

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