• OUJLIC ASCEND – College Leadership Hybrid Program

    Gain both international work experience and learn best practices for remote work in order to set yourself apart as you move forward on your career path! The OUJLIC – ASCEND Onward Israel 10 week Hybrid program offers you a chance to expand and deepen your internship and to gain professional skills, relationships, and experience. Enjoy the best of both worlds- the flexibility to complete the remote portion from the comfort of your own home, dorm, or apartment, and the opportunity to build your resume with a wide variety of companies, organizations, and institutions in Israel.

    This ASCEND Onward Israel Hybrid program offers a remote portion to prepare participants for their experience on the ground in Israel, as well as professional internships in Israel with vibrant evening programs offering a full array of teachers, social events, and learning opportunities.

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    Registration for this program has closed. Please visit our Theme Based and Hybrid Programs listing to find an open program and apply. 

    Who: Students aged 18-22, both men and women (must be high school graduates).
    When: Remote: June 13-24, 2021
    In Israel: June 29 – August 10, 2021
    You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.
    Cost: $650 Early Bird (application received by January 31, 2021). $950 Regular.

    ~Spend the summer in an amazing location in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem.
    ~Professional internship placement* for college students and resume-enhancing opportunities** for pre-college students. Our professional team will find you a fun and exciting summer opportunity!
    ~Incredible excursions across Israel designed to explore the land and heritage of Israel in a fun way!
    ~Fun social programming to explore Jerusalem and make friends.
    ~Vibrant Torah study on a variety of topics with amazing teachers from all across Israel and America. The learning program is accessible for people of all learning backgrounds and skill levels.
    ~The remote portion of the program allows participants to meet each other and begin the program before arriving in Israel. The remote program will consist of 2-3 hours per day of programming, including social events, professional development opportunities and Torah classes.

    *Internship opportunities for college students include:

    • Intern at a Startup Hub
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Software Developer
    • Physical Therapy
    • Assistant to Knesset Member
    • Analyst Apprentice

    **Resume-enhancing opportunities for pre-college students include:

    • Working with Lone Soldiers
    • Working with children with special needs
    • Teaching English as a foreign language
    • Interning at a museum
    • Placement in the fields of marketing, fundraising, education, and research

    The program includes
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    $500 flight stipend
    ~Housing in the Old City of Jerusalem (including WiFi, AC, and kitchen)
    ~Health insurance
    ~Professional and personalized internship placement 4-5 days per week in the field of your choice
    ~Educational staff and programming
    ~Trips exploring Israel
    ~Shabbat meals and programming
    ~Dinner 4 nights/week
    ~Rav Kav – a bus pass to get around Jerusalem

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Internships are organized by Tlalim.

    If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the program to take place, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made by approximately 2 months before the program begins. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate in an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.

    Important Information

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

    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.

    The program cost includes a $500 flight stipend, housing, medical insurance, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $300 security deposit submitted online via credit card. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    All participants are responsible for the cost of and arrangement of their own flights.  Flights should not be purchased until a decision has been made about the viability of the program.

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

    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.

    For More Information Contact
    ascendsummer@ou.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    ~Applicants between 18-22 years old (must be high school graduates)
    ~Must identify as Jewish
    ~Fluent in English

    Accommodations
    Israel Based Portion: Apartment or dorm-style housing in Jerusalem. 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.

    Remote Portion: Home, school, wherever you are based. We will be going over best practices for remote work as the program approaches.

    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.

    Remote Internship Opportunities
    Participants will 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 and education activities. Note that there could be a shift in the type of work conducted after transitioning from remote work to in person. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as even within a specific field, the nature of your work will change throughout the program.


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