Onward Israel Los Angeles Internship Program

Applications are now closed for Summer 2017

Onward Israel LA is an opportunity to develop your professional future and build your resume while experiencing the exciting metropolitan city of Tel Aviv. Spend eight weeks in an internship customized to your skills, background, and interests, and explore contemporary Israel with peers from Los Angeles. 

Dates: June 19 - August 12

Cost: $500 program fee + $250 refundable security deposit collected in Israel; participants are responsible for arranging their own flights to and from Israel.

Who is eligible?

  • Birthright Israel alumni
  • Teen travel program alumni
  • Anyone ages 19-29 living in Los Angeles who meets the above criteria and has not spent three consecutive months or longer in Israel as a teenager or post-high school on a MASA program or other experience

Examples of past Internship Placements

  • Research labs at Tel Aviv University 
  • Institute for National Security Studies
  • Veed.me, an online global community of videographers (now partnering with Google)
  • Mesila, resources for refugee and migrant workers and their families
  • Tel Aviv Municipality, including tourism 
  • Samba video messaging app (winner of “Best Social App” at SXSW)
  • Bialik-Rogozin school for at-risk children
  • Wizegem, jewelry design start-up
  • Coexistance organizations
  • Kav Laoved, advocacy for migrant workers’ rights
  • Garin Tzabar, working with new immigrants entering the Israeli army
  • CasaVersa, online platform for home exchanges
  • Lingua.ly, online language education
  • Adallom cloud application security (acquired by Microsoft)

Program Includes:

  • Full board (stipend for 3 meals/day), lodging, medical insurance, unlimited bus pass, and weekly group programming.*
  • One day of every other week will be spent as a cohort embracing contemporary Israeli society and immersing oneself into the culture.
  • Time to explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, foodie scene and culture.
  • Shabbaton (weekend retreat) with other national/international Onward Israel participants
  • Orientation in the South of Israel

*Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights to and from Israel.

Onward Israel has a rolling admission policy, and applications will be read within two weeks after they are submitted. Applications closed on March 15, 2017.


For more information:
Sarah Austin – OnwardIsraelLA@JewishLA.org, 323.761.8214

To learn more about Onward Israel, click here

This Onward Israel program is heavily subsidized by the Jewish Agency, the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.