There are a many opportunities for students and young adults to spend a significant amount of time in Israel! If you've got a week or you've got a year, there is a program for you! Take a look below at some of our favorites! If you have questions about any of the programs below, you can always contact our Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Gal Malka ([email protected]) or contact to organizations directly.
Onward Israel is a two month program that provides young adults with an immersive and transformative resume building experience in Israel, featuring opportunities such as internships, service learning, academic courses and fellowships. Onward Israel provides an immersive Israel experience, giving young adults the chance to work, live, and engage in local Israeli communities. Each participant is paired up with an Israeli internship specifically tailored to them. Educational and cultural activities as well as copious amounts of travel time are also provided to give participants all the Israeli resources they could want.
Masa Israel Journey offers the widest variety of internship, study and volunteer opportunities all over Israel lasting between five and twelve months. Our diverse portfolio of study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies programs help you grow —as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network. You can apply to receive funding, or to donate your grant to another participant. Being part of the Masa ecosystem includes: logistical support (housing, transportation, health insurance); placement advisors; quality assurance; 24/7 counselor staffing; security staffing and support; Immersive educational framework, including Hebrew language learning and volunteering; cultural events; & special tracks (business, leadership, and media.)
A 10-week summer internship in Israel open to Jewish North American university sophomores, juniors, and select seniors. Fellows are placed in leading global biotech, consulting, cyber/tech, finance, marketing, and venture capital firms, that commit to providing substantive and educational work experience and mentorship from at least one senior manager. Fellows also participate in lectures by professionals from all sectors of Israeli society, leadership training, and weekend excursions beyond the boardroom. Excel pairs each North American participant with an Israeli participant, who provides a personal bridge to Israeli society, potential partnerships and lifelong friendship.
Livnot U’Lehibanot is an unaffiliated, non-profit organization that has been running co-ed Israel experience programs since 1980. The programs facilitate an exploration of Israel and Jewish heritage through hiking, community service, seminars, and meaningful interactions with native and immigrant Israelis. Livnot programming is geared for Jewish adults with little Jewish background. The Livnot campus is unlike any hotel or hostel. All participants work as a team to create an atmosphere of participation and communal living. Each and every person gets to contribute, make a difference, and be a part of the family. Here at Livnot, you will have some amazing experiences and make lifelong friends!
Israel 2.0 is a registered non-profit organization that sponsors educational tours to Israel for Jewish college students and young professionals in North America. Israel 2.0 works in coordination with several Jewish organizations across college campuses and cities throughout the US and Canada and targets adults of all Jewish backgrounds, ages 18-28. Israel 2.0 features consistent, effective and dedicated follow-up programing for participants upon their return to keep alumni growing and engaged, including: follow-up trips, special conferences and pro-Israel events.
The Pardes Summer Program offers a two and three week option of dynamic, interactive study of Jewish texts in a vibrant community of students from around the world. Grapple with the great Jewish books and ideas, experience how classic Judaism tackles contemporary challenges and be inspired by our renowned faculty. Every Tuesday, we will be touring key sites in Jerusalem, and hear guest speakers; and in addition to study, we will have opportunities to socialize and spend Shabbat meals together.
What do traditional Jewish sources have to say about modern relationships, sexuality & gender – if anything at all? The goal of Birthright Israel Plus extension programs is to have a more intimate, personalized experience of Israeli society and culture, focused on your choice of topic. On the Birthright Israel Plus: Sexuality & Torah program at Pardes, we will grapple with Jewish traditional sources, visit cutting-edge organizations, meet with leaders, students, activists, seekers, philosophers, agents for change and those being changed.