University of Michigan Hillel
University of Michigan Hillel Onward Israel program is an immersive internship program offering resume building placements in a wide variety of opportunities in the greater Tel Aviv Area. Students spend their time on the program living, experiencing, and interning in Israel.
Build your resume through a high-level internship based on your skills, interests and future plans. Intern 4-5 days a week, and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society through the Israel Now Days and group activities with a cohort of other students from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a weekend seminar with participants from other Onward Israel programs and more. The Israel Now days will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics.
During your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, foodie scene and culture. Enjoy a weekend with peers from around the world at an Onward Israel breakout seminar and explore all that Israel has to offer during your free weekends.
If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the program to take place not, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made by approximately two months before the program begins. 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.
This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by IGT. Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel although the size of any potential scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly.
Due to a high volume of applications, those who apply after January 27 will automatically be added to the waitlist. Applications will close on March 15.
May 31 – July 25, 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.
Program cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs.
All participants are responsible for cost of and arranging their own flights and additional spending money. Flight should not be purchased until a decision has been made about the viability of the program.
*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 pay a $350 security deposit prior to arriving in Israel via Credit Card or ACH via IGT’s payment portal. Deposits will be refunded after the trip, pending full completion of the program and good standing.
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 are responsible for arranging their own flights. Flight should not be purchased until a decision has been made about the viability of the program.
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.
*Before applying to Onward Israel, applicants should read through this full program page and the Onward Israel FAQ to understand program requirements and expectations, provisions (such as details regarding housing, educational commitment, etc.) and other important programmatic details.
Applicants must be Jewish students returning to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the fall of 2020.
Students must have been to Israel before on Birthright or a similar short-term trip. Students that have spent more than three months living, participating on an organized trip, or gap year are ineligible
Apartments 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. 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.
Remote Internship Opportunities
Participants will be paired with an Israeli company or organization and assigned work projects to complete over the course of the program. It is expected that participants complete their work projects during the designated dates of the program and fully participate in all required enrichment and education activities. Note that there would be a shift in the type of work conducted after transitioning from in person to remote work. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as even within a specific field, the nature of your work will change throughout the program.
*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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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!