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    Develop your professional future in the Beer Sheva and Bnei Shimon region this summer and build your resume through a high-level internship based on your skills, interests and future plans

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    Applications for this program have closed. You can still apply for select Theme Based Programs and Advance Programs

    Intern 4-5 days a week, immerse yourself in Israeli society with a cohort of other young adults from Montreal, and meet Israeli young adults living in Beer Sheva through Montreal’s Partnership2Gether program. Participate in two weekend seminars, weekly cohort activities as well as daytrips, cultural events, and activities with the cohort all over Israel and within Be’er Sheva. During your free time, enjoy Beer Sheva’s student life and enjoy weekends exploring all that Israel has to offer.

    If the program is cancelled completely due to heath or safety conditions in Israel, participants will be able to receive a full refund of their program fee. 

    Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand the current entry requirements and other important information. Please be aware as you review our Covid-19 Response page that your program is considered a non-Masa program.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Federation CJA’s GenMTL.  It is organized by Eretz Ir. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright Israel.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in March or earlier if the program fills.

    Dates
    May 25-July 19, 2022

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

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a quarantine period upon arrival in Israel for some or all participants. There is also a chance that the program will be cancelled if travel is further restricted. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19.

    Cost
    $600 USD*

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $350 CAD security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights. Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins. Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled.

    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.

    Additional scholarships for those who require additional financial assistance are available on a limited basis. For more information, contact your local partner professional.

    Accommodations

    Apartment, hostel, hotel, or dorm-style housing in Beer Sheva.

    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 and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Acceptance Criteria

    – Applicants must either be from Montreal or currently studying in Montreal
    – Applicants between 19-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school
    – Must meet MASA eligibility – identify as Jewish and have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program  after high school (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA)*
    *Note, Alumni of Onward Israel programs (even if they are Masa eligible) are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In some cases this might be possible (alumni can check with Onward Israel staff on a case by case basis), but program subsidies will be significantly lower and therefore the program fee will be significantly higher.
    – Fluent in English
    – Valid Passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
    – Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel or other short term programs in Israel is encouraged but not required

    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!

    Applicants interested in internships in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:

    Contact information
    Ashley Skolnik, ashley.skolnik@federationcja.org


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