• Toronto

    Due to high demand, applications for Toronto Summer 2019 are now closed. Click through to be redirected to other programs you might be eligible for.


    Summer 2020 programs will be opening in late-October! Click here to be notified when you can apply.


    You’ve had a taste of Israel, what the country and people are all about and now you’re ready for more. Onward Israel is a highly subsidized 8 week professional internship program that allows university students and young professionals to live in Israel, work as an intern in a field of their interest and gain professional training and development. Onward Israel Toronto is a unique program that provides the structure as well as the freedom to mold one’s own Israel experience. In addition to their internship (4 to 5 days a week) Onward Israel also facilitates cultural evening events, educational speakers and tiyulim. Participants live in apartments in Tel Aviv.

    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. It is organized by Israel Experience.

    Important Information

    May 13 – June 23, 2019

    Program Cost
    $500 USD

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

    Participants are responsible for cost of and for arranging their own flights.

    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 will be required to submit a $250 USD credit card authorization as a participation and security deposit. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.


    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to young adults from Toronto between 19-26 years old 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).

    Applicants must be fluent in English.

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

    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!

    For More Information

    Coral Izchaki, cizchaki@ujafed.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible