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Excel Business Experience - North American Applicants

Internships to USA, Canada, and Mexico
Students for Professional Experience in Israel

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An internship program is available to USA, Canada, and Mexico university sophomores, juniors and seniors who wish to gain professional experience in Israel. Fellows will be placed in leading global cyber/tech, finance, biotech, consulting, venture capital, and marketing firms. Fellows will receive educational and substantive 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.

Summer Experience:

Candidates who are accepted into this 10-week summer program in Israel are assigned to a professional internship to gain in-depth knowledge and experience from high-level executives and become an integral part of the team in the office. Each Fellow is paired with a mentor within the firm who acts as their supervisor but who also takes an active role in discussing future career paths, business interests and commitment to Israel and the Jewish community. In addition, Excel Fellows engage with distinguished Israeli leaders from business, technology, politics and philanthropic organizations on a broad range of topics including leadership, innovation, Jewish identity, the global economy, and teamwork. At least 2-3 times during each week (in the evening after work) and on many weekends, there is additional MANDATORY programming focused on the development of leadership skills and business and political awareness. Birthright Israel Excel Fellows have the unique opportunity to be exposed to a group of professionals with vast intellectual resources who will broaden their understanding of the Israeli business, political and academic spectrums. These leaders provide their insight into advancing global connections through entrepreneurship, innovation, perseverance and passion.

Israeli Participants:

A key component of the summer experience is engaging with Israelis of similar age. Each North American Fellow is matched with an Israeli Fellow after a thoughtful pairing process. Israeli Fellows are either serving in the Israel Defense Forces or studying areas of comparable interest. It is often said that the Israelis add more to the summer experience than the internships themselves. This is a chance to get to know Israel through its people. The Israelis attend the same lectures, travel with Birthright Israel Excel on weekend trips, and meet up with Excel Fellows outside of programming. Together, Fellows explore their views about personal, religious, and political identities and ideologies. They discuss what it means to serve the country, defend the Jewish people, and live in Israel.

Travel and Accommodations:

Birthright Israel Excel covers the cost of group round trip travel between NY and Tel Aviv. Participants are responsible for any transportation necessary to meet their assigned flight in NY. All Fellows are housed in double occupancy dorms in Tel Aviv. Breakfast and dinner on premises are included.


Birthright Israel Excel is a lifelong fellowship engaging talented, creative Jewish young adults interested in business and entrepreneurship. Following their summer experience in Israel, Fellows continue to engage with Excel’s network of innovative and motivated individuals through events and collaboration opportunities. The Excel Leadership Board along with a diverse network of Fellows, currently 550 strong, actively drive engagement and organize professional events, philanthropic ventures, and social gatherings. Fellows are geographically dispersed throughout North America and Israel.

Internships are available in the following industries:

-Cyber/ Technology
-Business Development
-Venture Capital
-Cyber/ Technology
-Business Development
-Venture Capital

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178471

Number of Grants:

44 students will be selected to participate in the Business track.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The following expenses will be paid by Birthright Israel Excel:
-Round trip airfare between NY and Israel
-Housing in Tel Aviv (dormitories with double occupancy room)

Term of Contract:

Program dates are June 3 – August 10, 2018 (10 weeks).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program seeks candidates with excellent quantitative, analytical and communication skills. Candidates should be hard working, adaptable, and able to manage projects independently and ready to assume a high level of responsibility as a member of a team.

The program is open to all Jewish young adults who are currently sophomores (2nd year), juniors (3rd year) or seniors (4th year). Seniors must be committed to graduate programs or full-time employment in the fall of 2018.

Candidates must demonstrate academic strength – a minimum 3.2 GPA, strong SAT/ACT scores in the USA, demonstrated leadership skills and a high energy level.

The Birthright Israel Excel program does not have any restriction of application based on previous trips to or experiences in Israel. Those who have been on peer trips, educational trips, and personal trips are all eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 21, 2018.

To apply, select your country, then click "continue to application".

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early decision offers will be made by the beginning of December thus it is very beneficial to submit your application as early as possible.

Early Decision offers will be made by early December and regular decision offers will be made by early March. Applicants with competing offers needing an earlier decision should notify the recruitment professional at Birthright Israel Excel and their candidacy will be considered accordingly.

All Fellows will be required to provide a $500 deposit, of which $300 will be refunded upon completion of the program and other post-program obligations. Birthright Israel Excel may offer you the opportunity to voluntarily donate all or part of your deposit to support future programming, however, this decision is made solely at your discretion.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.