• Philadelphia

    Onward Israel Philadelphia helps young adults start up their professional and Jewish futures through immersive, resume-building internships and educational travel in Israel. Through the program, participants will connect with Israel and the Philadelphia Jewish community in unique, fun and meaningful ways while acquiring real-world, professional experience.


    Summer 2020 programs will be opening in mid-November! Click here for to be notified when you can apply.

    Are you ready to know Israel like an insider? Do you want real-world professional experience?  Would you like a life-changing summer of innovation, learning, fun and adventure? You can have it all!

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is offering a highly subsidized, eight-week summer internship program in Israel.

    The Philadelphia cohort will live in the city of Be’er Sheva, “the opportunity capital of Israel,” and be matched with meaningful internships that connect each student to a field of interest while offering an authentic and diverse Israel experience.

    Program Highlights

    -A valuable internship in the field of your choice – including high tech, government, green energy, education, social justice, arts & culture, and many more – that will afford you the opportunity to acquite relevant professional knowledge and skills
    -An immersive experience living independently in Israel, with the support of a peer-group
    -An opportunity for educational travel, including a group Shabbaton, a weekend trip based on a theme of your choice and multiple excursions and volunteer opportunities in locations throughout Israel
    -A chance to connect with other young Jews from in and around Philadelphia
    -Gatherings in Philadelphia to prepare for and reunite after the program
    -Ongoing contact with fellow Onward Israel Philadelphia alumni and with the Philadelphia Jewish community

    Important Information

    June 19 – August 13, 2019


    Cost includes housing, insurance, ground transportation, modest food stipend and program costs in Israel.

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights to and from Israel.

    Participants are required to pay a $200 participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program, pending good standing.

    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. Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Masa-eligible participants in programs which are part of the Onward/Masa partnership may qualify for additional scholarships. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa 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.

    Acceptance Criteria

    -This program is open to young adults ages 19 to 27 who live or attend college in Greater Philadelphia and have been to Israel at least once before on Birthright Israel or another short term Israel experience.
    -There are limited spaces available for those who have spent three 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).  If this describes you, we encourage you to apply for one of those spaces. If you are accepted after those spaces are filled, you will be placed on the wait list for the program.
    -All participants must be fluent in English. Hebrew knowledge is very helpful but not required.

    Participants are placed in houses, apartments or dorm-style housing in the Be’er Sheva area.  The number of people to an house, apartment or room will vary. 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.

    About Be’er Sheva: As one participant noted, “Be’er Sheva has the vibrancy of a growing, changing city and the charm and serenity of a small town. It is because of this dichotomy that I have fallen in love with this multifaceted city. It became my home for two months, and a place I will always long to return to.”  Other participants have commented that being in Be’er Sheva allowed them to see the “real Israel” as well travel extensively and visit many places in Israel.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, Masa Israel Journey, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and is organized by Israel Experts.

    Sample Internships

    -Social media, PR and outreach internship with local NGO or nonprofit
    -Business development internship with social media start-up
    -Event coordination and promotion intern for management company
    -Scientific research internship with Ben Gurion University
    -Providing social or educational services to help at-risk youth

    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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