University of Virginia Hillel
The Brody Jewish Center - Hillel at the University of Virginia Onward Israel participants will be matched with internships that connect to their creative passion and offer real-world experience in unique fields towards what they are hoping to achieve at UVa. Participants will explore Israel and experience living like a local with other UVa students in Tel Aviv!
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 approximately two months in advance of the program. 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.
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, group activities, with a cohort of other young adults from the University of Virginia, 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 on free weekends.
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 Israel Experience. 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.
Admission is rolling. Applications will close in March or earlier if the program fills. Apply now!
June 16 – August 10, 2021
You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.
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.
The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $300 credit card authorization as a participation and security deposit. Charges will not be made if participants complete the program in good standing.
All participants are responsible for the cost of and arrangement of their own flights. Participants should not purchase your flights 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.
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.
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.
This program is open to young adults between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program) from University of Virginia with an interest in interning with the field that compliments what they are studying. Other acceptance criteria is as follows:
~Are fluent in English
~Students must have been to Israel before on Birthright Israel or a similar short-term trip
~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)
~Students returning to UVA in the fall of 2021
Apartment 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 and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.
-Research internship at Israeli political think-tank
-Business Development internship with Israeli start-up
-Consulting Internship with international consulting firm
-Social Media or communications internship with public relations company
-Policy or Social Media and outreach internship with local NGO or non-profit
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.
Remote Internship Opportunities
In the event that the program is shifted to remote, participants would 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 activities. The type of work that participants would complete remotely might differ from what they would be doing in person. Additionally, some fields or internship types might not be available as hands-on work won’t be possible.