• University of Florida Hillel

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

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    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.

    If health and safety conditions allow. If not, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made approximately two months before the program’s start date. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate on an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.

    Important Information

    Dates
    June 2 – July 27, 2021

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is restricted past a 2 week quarantine upon arrival. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19

    Cost
    $775*

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

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

    *If this becomes a remote program, the program cost will change to reflect this shift in expenses. The program cost will then be $150.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 participation and security deposit in cash or check 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.

    Additional scholarships for those who require additional financial assistance are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    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

    Accommodations
    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. It is organized by IGT.

    Contact
    Ashley Jones ajones@ufhillel.org

    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!

    In the event that the program needs to shift to be entirely remote, there could be additional limitations on the types of internship placements available. Participants will be asked to be flexible under these circumstances and Onward Israel is committed to making sure participants still have a professional and positive work experience.


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