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.
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
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