• UJIA United Kingdom Onward Israel

    UJIA UK Onward Israel is a two-month internship and leadership programme based in Tel Aviv. It is designed to provide students and young adults from the UK with meaningful internships and leadership training seminars that will set them up for successful careers on campus, in the wider UK Jewish community and/or in the working world.


    Registration for this program will close on February 15th

    UJIA Onward Israel will help you build your CV through personalized, high-level internships in the professional field of your choice. Join other students and young adults from the UK for an eight-week experiential living, learning, leadership and career-building programme. You will intern for four or five days a week while enjoying touring and exploration days and activities with your group throughout the summer.

    During our programme, you will have an amazing opportunity to experience a weekend Shabbaton in the Galil, UJIA’s partnership region where you will experience communities on the periphery of Israeli society. You will also be given the chance to take part in Onward Israel’s renowned leadership training seminars, taught by some of the best leaders Israel has to offer.

    One of the aspects of the programme that past participants have enjoyed the most is the opportunity to meet and build relationships with like-minded people from around the world, while also exploring Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, food, culture and people. Interning at top Israeli companies through UJIA Onward Israel will give you the leadership skills and relevant experience to gain a great and crucial advantage in the job market. Above all else, you will have the most memorable summer!

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

    This Onward Israel – Masa programme is operated through a partnership between UJIA (United Jewish Israel Appeal) and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Sachlav. 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 f.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in the beginning of March or earlier if the program fills. Apply now!

    Sunday 18th June – Sunday 13th August, 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*
    £850 + Flights

    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 $X security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel or in advance 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.

    For More Information Contact
    Josh Dubell, UJIA Head of Israel Journeys – josh.dubell@ujia.org

    Acceptance Criteria

    ~Applicants between 19-30 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    ~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 and Israel Tour 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.

    This programme is intended for young adults, even if you have been on Israel Tour or Birthright Israel.

    This programme is open to young adults of 19 – 30 years old from the United Kingdom. The programme is designed to take interns through a practical working experience of:
    ~Marketing/Social Media/Advertising/PR
    ~Youth Work
    ~Banking, Law, Accountancy

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

    Dorm-style housing in a central neighbourhood of 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 .


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