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    Build your resume through an exciting and enriching internship based on your skills and interests.


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


    Spend your summer interning 4-5 days a week while immersing yourself in contemporary Israeli society. In addition to living and working in Tel Aviv, you will experience tour  days, a weekend seminar and group activities with a cohort of other young adults.In your free time, you will have the opportunity to explore Israel’s amazing nightlife, culture, and rich history.

    Discover all that Israel has to offer while connecting with your peers. We hope to see you in Israel this summer!

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, the UJA Federation, other leading philanthropists, the Government of Israel, and Masa Israel Journey. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright Israel. Participants on Onward Israel Programs run in partnership with Masa may return to Israel on long-term Masa program 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. This program is organized by Destination Israel

    If for public health or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. 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, within a week of the decision for the program to be conducted remotely. If a program is cancelled completely due to health or safety conditions in Israel, participants will receive a full refund of their program fee. 

    Important Information

    General applications have closed. A select number of spots remain open for students at CUNY schools for Track 3. Email alyssag@onwardisrael.org for more information. For all others, apply for one of our Theme Based or Advance Programs

    Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand the current entry requirements and important information. Please be aware as you review our COVID-19 Response page that your program is considered a MASA 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 shift to entirely remote if travel is further restricted. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19 and our webpage.

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


    Track 1: Wednesday, June 1 – Tuesday, July 26, 2022
    Track 2: Wednesday, June 8 – Tuesday, August 2, 2022
    Track 3: Monday June 20 – Sunday, August 14, 2022

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

    Program Cost

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $300 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 or shifted to be remote.

    *If the program becomes entirely remote, the program cost will be $150.

    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 are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    Alyssa Glucksman

    Acceptance Criteria

    – This program is intended for students enrolled in a university in New York City, Westchester, or Long Island and natives with a permanent NY address
    – 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 program)*
    * 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

    Apartment/Hotel/Dorm style housing in the Tel Aviv area.

    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.

    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

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

    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.

    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!

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