• Toronto

    Join peers from around Toronto for an exciting 6-week internship in Israel. Onward Toronto helps young adults 19-30 gain resume boosting experience through valuable and educational internships in Israel. Participants will form a deeper connection to Israel while gaining real world experience.

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    This highly subsidized 6-week internship program allows Jewish young adults from Toronto to live, intern, and connect to Israel, like a local. Build meaningful relationships with one-another and your community, and with Israel.

    Intern 4-5 days a week, immerse yourself in Israeli society with a group of your peers. Participate in seminars, weekly activities as well as daytrips, cultural events, and activities with the cohort all over Israel.

    *Please visit our Covid-19 Response for the most up to date information regarding vaccination requirements and entry into Israel.*

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the Birthright Israel Foundation and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Israel Experience.  For more information about participating in a longer term Masa program after Onward Israel and the potential impact of participating in Onward Israel on future Masa grants view our FAQ here.

    Important Information

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

    Dates
    Thursday, May 11-Wednesday, June 21, 2023

    Participants MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    If for public health or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. Click here to review our FAQ, including information on remote programs regarding internships, programming and more.

    Program Cost
    $600 USD

    The program cost includes housing, educational program, program staff, medical insurance, partial laundry provisions, and ground transportation within the city of residence. In addition, participants will be required to submit a $300 USD security deposit via credit card. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights and spending money upon arrival in Israel (including for food). Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins and are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled or shifted to be remote. Note, participants will be told approximately a month or two before the program begins their expected arrival and departure times.

    Applicants participating in Birthright Israel trips ahead of an Onward Israel program must join their group on the first day of their Onward Israel program. Applicants will be responsible for their own accommodations if there is a gap between Birthright Israel and Onward Israel programs.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Birthright  Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

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

    Accommodations
    Apartment, hostel, hotel, or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv.

    The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program. Though Onward Israel housing can vary from program to program, it generally meets basic Onward Israel standards. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ

    Contact Information
    Jenna Potash, jpotash@ujafed.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    – Applicants between 19-30 years old and not currently enrolled in high school who live in, or attend university in, Toronto
    -Identify as Jewish and have NOT spent 3 or more consecutive 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). Note, Alumni of Onward Israel programs (even if they are Masa eligible) are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In some cases this might be possible (alumni can check with Onward Israel staff on a case by case basis), but program subsidies will be significantly lower and therefore the program fee will be higher.
    -Fluent in English
    -Have a valid Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
    -Previous participation in Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    -Onward Israel alumni are not eligible for Birthright Israel trips. If you wish to participate in a 7- or 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider participating in a Birthright Israel trip prior to an Onward Israel program.

    Please click here to review the application process. Note: there could be slight differences between programs.

    Applicants interested in internships in the fields of Engineering, STEM, Green Energy, Computer Science, Finance, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:


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