• Penn State Hillel

    Penn State Hillel Onward Israel is geared towards students from Penn State looking to live and work in Israel over the summer. This opportunity stretches to a variety of different internship placements and allows students to gain experience in an international community. Participants will get to live with other Penn State students on top of traveling and learning throughout the experience.

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    Applications for Onward Israel Penn State Hillel 2020 are closed. Please click here to be notified when Summer 2021 applications open

    Build your resume through a high-level internship based on your skills, interests and future plans. Intern 4-5 days a week, and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society through the Israel Now Days, group activities, with a cohort of other young adults from Penn State University, a weekend seminar with participants from other Onward Israel programs and more. The Israel Now days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics. 

    During your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, foodie scene and culture. Enjoy a weekend with peers from around the world at an Onward Israel breakout seminar and explore all that Israel has to offer on free weekends.

    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

    Dates
    TBD

    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

    Cost
    $775

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

    All participants are responsible forcost of and arranging their own flights and additional spending money.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 participation and security deposit in cash or check upon arrival.  Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    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. Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    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.

    *Before applying to Onward Israel, applicants should read through this full program page and the Onward Israel FAQ to understand program requirements and expectations, provisions (such as details regarding housing, educational commitment, etc.) and other important programmatic details.

    Contact
    Jessie Paley, jrp6333@psu.edu

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to young adults between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program) from Penn State University with an interest in interning with the field that compliments what they are studying.  Commonwealth campus students should contact Jessie Paley at jrp5633@psu.edu for clarification.  Other acceptance criteria is as follows:

    • Fluent in English
    • Students must have been to Israel before on Birthright Israel or a similar short-term trip.
    • Must be returning to Penn State University Park campus the semester following the program
    • Have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA or Onward Israel program)

    Accomodations
    Apartments or 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
    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, the Government of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Masa Israel Journey.  It is organized by Bina.


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