About The Excel Fellowship

    Excel is an elite, life-long fellowship beginning with a ​10-week summer in Israel. ​The fellowship is comprised of two programs, each uniquely designed for talented Jewish future leaders pursuing a career in business and/or entrepreneurship. Each program is tailored for a different mindset and career stage.
    The Business Experience Program is designed for college sophomores, juniors and select seniors (see FAQ for further information). Each participant
     is assigned an internship at a prominent global company in Israel​ 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 who provide personal and professional guidance throughout the summer, answering not only job related questions but providing career and personal advice. Fellows are also paired with an Israeli student peer to acclimate them to Israeli society.
    In the Excel Ventures Program, fellows form teams and undergo an accelerated process of creating a start-up. Throughout the summer the fellows are mentored by Excel’s vast network of mentors comprised of industry leaders from the prominent local eco-system and are given access to the organizations vast business network​.

    All expenses associated with flights (NY-TLV-NY), housing and programming for the North American fellows are covered by Birthright Israel Excel. 

    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