• North Carolina Hillel

    Spend your summer in Tel Aviv with your friends from North Carolina!


    Registration for this program has closed. Please visit our Pre-Registration page to be notified when new Onward Israel programs open for registration.

    Are you ready for a summer experience like none other?
    Join students from all over North Carolina for a once-in-a-lifetime program:

    • Live the life of an Israeli, living and working in Tel Aviv
    • Build your resume and gain work experience through a personalized, high-level internship in a field of your choice for 8 weeks.
    • Make and grow closer to friends while living together, traveling through Israel, sharing in Shabbat, and exploring one of Israel’s most advanced cities.
    • Learn about Israeli society, economy, technology and more through weekend retreats and seminars, Israel Now tour days, evening activities and group conversations and other immersive experiences.

    Develop your professional future, build your resume, explore your independence and spend the summer with your friends – apply today for Onward Israel!

    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

    June 2 – July 27, 2021

    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


    Program cost includes housing, insurance, a modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs.

    All participants are responsible for the cost of and arranging their own flights.

    *If this becomes a remote program, the program cost will change to reflect this shift in expenses. The program cost will then be $150.

    Participants will be required to pay a $350 security deposit prior to arriving in Israel via Credit Card or ACH via IGT’s payment portal. Deposits will be refunded after the trip, pending full completion of the program and good standing.

    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.

    Remote Internship Opportunities
    In the event that the program is shifted to remote, participants would be paired with an Israeli company or organization and assigned work projects to complete over the course of the program. It is expected that participants complete their work projects during the designated dates of the program and fully participate in all required enrichment activities. The type of work that participants would complete remotely might differ from what they would be doing in person. Additionally, some fields or internship types might not be available as hands-on work won’t be possible.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to Jewish undergraduate students on the following North Carolina campuses:

    • UNC Chapel Hill
    • UNC Greensboro
    • North Carolina State University
    • Appalachian State University
    • Guilford College
    • East Carolina University
    • UNC Wilmington
    • UNC Asheville
    • UNC Charlotte

    -Preference is given to rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

    -This program is ideally for students who have had one previous short-term Israel experience – such as Birthright Israel or a teen travel program.

    Apartments or dorm-style shared 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
    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.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Government of Israel, North Carolina Hillel and Hillel International. It is organized by IGT.

    Ginny Vellani gvellani@nchillel.org


    Organizations That Make This Program Possible