• Vanderbilt Hillel

    Vanderbilt Hillel Onward Israel Experience is an immersive internship program offering resume building placements in a wide variety of opportunities in the greater Tel Aviv Area.

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    Applications for Onward Israel Vanderbilt Hillel 2020 are closed. Click here to be notified when applications open for Summer 2021.

    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 Vanderbilt University students and friends, 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.

    Vanderbilt Hillel Onward Israel Experience also offers an exciting Jewish learning component with Pardes prior to the start of the program.  Learn more about this unique opportunity during the interview process.

    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.

    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
    TBD

    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
    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.
    Participants will be required to submit a $300 participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival.  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, private donors, Masa Israel Journey, and local Jewish communities and institutions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    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.

    *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.

    Contact
    Brian Small, brian.j.small@vanderbilt.edu, for more information.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Applicants must be a student or young adult studying at a higher education campus in Nashville / Middle Tennessee.

    Students must have been to Israel before on Birthright or a similar short-term trip (this includes Vanderbilt Hillel’s 2021 summer Birthright trip).  Students that have spent more than three months living, participating on an organized trip, or gap year MAY BE ineligible.

    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 Government of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Masa Israel Journey.

    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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