• Los Angeles

    You’re sitting in a funky Tel Aviv cafe with an iced coffee in your hand and a smile on your face. It’s been a crazy day at the office. You’re two weeks into an eight-week internship, and you’ve made new friends, learned new skills, and your conversational Hebrew isn’t too shabby! This could be you: Onward Israel LA is your chance to travel to Israel with a group of new friends from LA and gain valuable professional experience while exploring contemporary Israel.

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    Applications for Onward Israel Los Angeles 2020 are closed. Click here to be notified when applications open for Summer 2021.

    Have an adventure in Israel this summer and build your resume! Develop your professional future and skills through a high-level, personalized internship among Israeli peers and professionals. During this Tel Aviv-based internship program, you are placed in a work environment 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, with a cohort of other young adults from Los Angeles, a weekend seminar with participants from other Onward Israel programs and more. The Israel seminar days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics.

    During your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, foodie scene and culture. Enjoy a weekend with peers from around the world at an Onward Israel breakout seminar and explore all that Israel has to offer on free weekends.

    Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’s Onward Israel – Masa program and have the summer of a lifetime!

    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

    Dates

    TBD

    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
    TBD

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

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Participants are required to submit a TBD participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Contact
    OnwardIsraelLA@JewishLA.org – 323-761-8214

     

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is intended for students and young professionals living year-round in the Greater Los Angeles area between the ages of 19-27 (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program) who have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA or Onward Israel program).

    Priority is given to students enrolled in Los Angeles universities and colleges (i.e. UCLA, USC, CSUN, SMC, LMU, Occidental).

    Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged for any eligible applicants

    Accommodations

    The number of participants to apartment or dormitories 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.

    Program includes
    Apartment or dormitory style housing in Tel Aviv
    Modest Food Stipend
    Internship placement at one of top leading companies in Israel
    Tel Aviv bus pass
    Three travel days around Israel
    One Shabbaton Experience
    One Weekenders Experience

    The Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.  

    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.


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