• University of Florida Hillel

    UF Hillel’s Onward Israel program is an eight week immersive internship experience in Tel Aviv that gives Jewish Gators the chance to work, live, and engage in local Israeli communities. Participants will intern with an Israeli employer in a field specifically tailored to their interests and partake in travel days, weekly evening programming, and other opportunities to take advantage of all that Israel has to offer.


    Participants on UF Hillel’s Onward Israel program live in Tel Aviv for eight weeks, immersing themselves in Israeli life and culture and interning with a local company. Internships are available across many career fields. Students are paired an Israeli company or nonprofit organization that matches their field of interest, enabling them gain valuable professional experience.

    Participants will also learn about Israeli society, economy, technology and more through programming opportunities exclusively designed for the UF Hillel program, a weekend retreat, evening activities and more. In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, food scene, and culture.

    This Birthright Israel Onward- Masa program is operated through the philanthropic support of leading North American Foundations through the Birthright Israel Foundation, the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency, along with University of Florida Hillel and Hillel International. It is organized by IGT. For more information about participating in a long-term Masa program after Birthright Israel Onward and the potential impact on future Masa grants, view our FAQ here.


    Important Information

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

    May 29th- July 23rd, 2024

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

    Program Cost: $1399*

    In addition, participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit via Zelle. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    The program cost includes housing, educational programming, program staff, basic medical insurance, and ground transportation within the city of residence.  

     Participants are responsible for the cost of flights, food, and phone coverage. To learn about this and other Birthright Israel Onward program details, please visit our FAQ.

    *Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Birthright Israel Onward is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled. Note, participants will be given their expected address approximately two weeks before the program begins, if not earlier.

    *Scholarships to help offset the program cost may be available for those who need additional assistance and meet Onward’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward or your local partner professional. 

    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 Birthright Israel Onward housing can vary from program to program, all housing units meet Birthright Israel Onward standards. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Acceptance Criteria

    • This program is open to University of Florida and Santa Fe College students with at least two more semesters left on campus after the conclusion of the Onward program
    • Applicants between 18-35 years old and not currently enrolled in high school 
    • Must be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    • Applicants must NOT have spent 3 or more consecutive months in Israel after high school, or participated in a Birthright Israel Onward program or any other mid-term or long-term educational program in Israel. Must meet Masa Israel Journey Eligibility criteria (click here to review), including not having received Masa funding towards participation on a previous program
    • Fluent in English
    • Have a valid Passport for at least 6 months after the program end date

    Please click here to review the application process. 

    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!

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

    Cara Levin, clevin@ufhillel.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible