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    Live, Work, Learn in Tel Aviv
    Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship with Israeli peers.

    LIVE and immerse yourself in Israeli culture. Experience Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, culture, and so much more!

    WORK in such fields of arts, business, finance, communications, nonprofits, high-tech, and more based on your skills, interests, and future plans.

    LEARN about important issues facing Israel today.

    This highly subsidized 8-week professional internship program allows Jewish college students attending Miami area universities to live in Tel Aviv, intern in a field of their choice gaining valuable professional experience, and explore Israel. Students will have opportunities to learn about the Miami community’s investment in Israel, and learn how to create Israel engagement when they return to Miami.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel Journey, and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. It is organized by Young Judaea.

    Important Information

    May 27 – July 21, 2019


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

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights to and from Israel.

    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 refundable participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel.  Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing. 

    Centrally located, modern, shared apartments 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

    Must be a college student (19-27 years old) attending a Miami-Dade college or university, with a permanent Miami-Dade address or, living on campus.

    Preference given to:

    • Underclassmen who will return to their Miami campus and community after the program
    • Students that have had one previous short-term Israel experience such as Birthright or a teen travel program are preferred.

    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 although the size of any potential scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly.

    Application Timeline:

    Mid-November 2018 – Applications open
    December 2018 – March 2019 – Interview with a campus Hillel Israel Fellow
    Spring 2019 – Interview with Internship Coordinator

    If accepted:
    Internship Placement in Israel by May 2019
    Pre-Trip Orientation – April/May 2019
    Onward Israel Internship in Tel Aviv – Summer 2019!
    Post Program Event – Fall 2019

    For More Information

    FIU Hillel: Matt Mester: matt.mester@hillelfiu.org; 954-649-3044
    University of Miami Hillel: Tara Levy: tara@miamihillel.org; 305-284-1800
    Other Miami-Dade Schools: Flo Akselrad: fakselrad@gmjf.org; 786-866-8498

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible