Who is Right for the Program?


    The Birthright Israel Excel program is fast-paced, demanding and intellectually stimulating. We look for 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. A well-rounded academic background with coursework in finance or economics is recommended. 

    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 2017. 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.

    Eligible individuals are those recognized as Jewish by the Jewish community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism; or if either parent is Jewish and the applicant does not actively practice another religion. 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.




    Each applicant will submit an application (including written essays) and be assessed on several criteria, including:

    • Demonstrated Background and Interest in Business and/or Technology 
    • Demonstrated Interest in Israeli Culture and Society 
    • Courses of Study 
    • Previous Work Experience 
    • Grade Point Average 
    • Standardized Test Scores 
    • Academic and employment references 
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Desire to actively participate in alumni community for years to come 

    Applicants without a strong financial or business background must be able to demonstrate quantitative aptitude, both scholastically and practically (former jobs, for example).