• University of Florida Hillel

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately chosen to cancel this Onward Israel program for summer 2020. To receive information for the summer 2021 season, please visit www.onwardisrael.org/prereg.

    The University of Florida Onward Israel program provides an amazing opportunity for Jewish Gators to intern in Israel this summer.


    Due to a high demand, applications for this program have closed. Please contact inquiries@onwardisrael.org to learn what Onward Israel program is best for you.


    Students will live in Tel Aviv for 8 weeks this summer and immerse themselves in Israeli culture. Internships are available across many career fields. Students will intern with an Israeli company or organization that matches their field of interest.

    Learn about Israeli society, economy, technology and more through programming opportunities exclusively designed for the University of Florida program, a weekend retreat with other Onward Israel participants from North America and around the world, evening activities and more.  In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, food scene, and culture.

    Important Information

    June 15 – Aug 9, 2020


    Includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs

    All participants are responsible for cost of and arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 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 – Masa program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, Masa Israel Journey, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs 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 at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    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.


    Acceptance Criteria

    -This program is open to University of Florida and Santa Fe College students and recent graduates

    -Between the ages of 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

    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.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Government of Israel, Masa Israel Journey and University of Florida Hillel.

    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

    Rabbi Jonah Zinn at JZinn@ufhillel.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible