About Birthright Israel Excel

    Birthright Israel Excel is an elite, life-long fellowship program beginning with a 10-week business internship in Israel. The program is designed for talented Jewish college sophomores, juniors and select seniors *(see FAQs for more details) who are pursuing careers in business and/or technology. During the program, each Birthright Israel Excel Fellow is assigned an internship at a prominent Israeli company​ with global reach, in industries such as finance, venture capital, consulting, hi-tech, bio-tech and social media. The Fellows are guided by professional mentors, within their company placement. The mentor will additionally provide personal and professional guidance throughout the summer, answering not only job related questions but providing career and personal advice. Excel Fellows are also paired with and Israeli student peer to acclimate them to Israeli society. Birthright Israel Excel covers the cost of a round-trip ticket between NY and Israel and housing in Tel Aviv.

    Fellows engage with founding philanthropists Michael and Judy Steinhardt and Lynn Schusterman



    Birthright Israel Excel was created to develop a cadre of future Jewish leaders. The program is multi-dimensional:
    •    To deepen the ties of participants from abroad to the State of Israel, so that they emerge as future
          leaders concerned about preserving the identity, heritage, and welfare of the Jewish community;
    •    To encourage the next generation of international Jewish business and/or technology leaders to
          strengthen the future of global corporate policy towards the State of Israel;
    •    To foster the development of a network of innovative and motivated alumni who will continue to work
          together to collaborate on business opportunities going forward.


    Excel Fellow with Chemi Peres, Managing General Partner & Co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital and Yoram Teitz, Birthright Israel Excel Chair and Managing Partner at Ernst & Young