Tech, Science & Business (Winter 2018)

With the largest number of start-ups per capita outside of Silicon Valley, Israel has emerged as a global leader when it comes to innovation.. Participants will be placed in a variety of positions with new and developing companies at the center of Tel Aviv’s start-up scene. In addition to living in shared accommodations with participants from both tracks of the Winter Theme Based Program, there will also be ample opportunity to participate in a variety of educational content with other participants, as well as explore Israel during your free time.


Applications for Winter 2018 Theme Based Programs are closed. Applications are open for Summer 2018 Theme Based Programs

Onward Israel Theme-based programs are designed for applicants with a specific interest in working and exploring Israel through a topical lens. Preference will be given to applicants who are not eligible for a community or national partner based Onward Israel program.

This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Sachlav.

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.

Admission is rolling. Applications will close on November 1, 2017 or earlier if the program fills.

Important Information

January 3 – February 28, 2018

$500: includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs.
All participants are responsible for the cost of arranging their own flights.
Participants will be required to submit a $250 program security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

Apartments or dorm-style housing in the Greater 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.

*Participants will live in shared apartments with participants from both tracks of the Winter Theme Based Program*

Acceptance Criteria

This program is open to young adults from around the world with an interest in working in this area:

Between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program) who 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)

Fluent in English

Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged for any eligible applicants

Sample Internships

Possible internships include:
Software development internship with mobile app developer
Sales and Data internship with a tech start-up
Research internship at local university or R&D facility
Business and lead generation for online sales software

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!

For More Information

If you have questions about your eligibility or for more information about these programs in general, please contact Rebecca Zuck at

Organizations That Make This Program Possible