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Students to Participate in a Business Leadership Program in Israel

Excel Fellowship Program

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Taglit-Birthright Israel Excel

Conf. Date:

12/08/21

Deadline Date:

01/20/22

Description:

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, Israel, and International Jewish college students to participate in a summer business leadership program in Israel. Fellows participate in an internship program at leading Israeli companies. The fellowship is open to college sophomores, juniors, and select seniors who are pursuing careers in business and/or technology, as well as Israeli Officers/NCD of special intelligence units of the IDF.

Birthright Excel is a highly selective business fellowship for college sophomores, juniors and seniors in the US and Canada and young adults up to age 26 in other countries. The fellowship begins with an immersive 10-week professional internship in Israel with Fortune 500 companies and startups. Each Excel Fellow embarks on an in-depth professional internship choosing among a wide selection of industries: bio-tech, business development, consulting, engineering, finance, marketing, technology, startups, venture capital. Internships run during the Israeli work week, Sundays - Thursdays and each Excel Fellow is appointed a mentor at the company where they will intern. The mentor serves as both a supervisor and someone who helps introduce Israeli business culture. Often times, mentors and Excel Fellows form a relationship that extends well beyond the summer We take particular pride in several mentors/fellows collaborating on business endeavors.

The program includes:

Internship: Each Birthright Israel Excel Fellow interns at a prominent Israeli company. Interns are expected to work 5 days (Sunday through Thursday) for a minimum of 40 hours a week.

Fellowship: Birthright Israel Excel Fellows attend leadership seminars with distinguished Israeli leaders in order to broaden their understanding of Israeli society: business, technology/innovation, government, culinary and other arts, Jewish identity, Israeli diversity, current events, and the global economy. 

Travel: Birthright Israel Excel Fellows travel throughout Israel on three weekends.

Israeli Fellow Connections: A key component of the summer experience is engaging with Israelis of the same age, most of whom or studying in areas of similar interest or are serving in the Israel Defense Forces. This is an opportunity to get to know Israel through its people. Each fellow is matched with an Israeli partner.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178471

Number of Grants:

40 participants from the US and 20 from international countries, each of whom are paired with an Israeli participant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of costs are covered by the generous donors supporting Birthright Israel Excel. These covered costs include round trip air travel from hub locations throughout the world, dorm-style rooms (shared by two Excel Fellows) in Tel Aviv, and daily breakfast and dinner.

Term of Contract:

The 2022 summer program dates are: Tuesday, June 7th-Friday, August 12th

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

USA and International Applicants: The program is open to all Jewish young adults who are currently college 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 2021. In addition, applicants from the southern hemisphere are eligible until a year after they have graduated from university with an undergraduate degree. A well-rounded academic background with coursework in finance, economics or engineering is recommended. Candidates must demonstrate academic strength. U.S applicants require a minimum 3.2 GPA (or equivalent for international students), strong standardized test scores unless test scores were not submitted when applying to college/university, demonstrated leadership skills and a high energy level. Eligible individuals are those who identify as Jewish and have at least one Jewish grandparent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.

Israeli Applicants: The Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship is open to: Israeli students studying business/tech related degrees at a recognized institution. Officers/NCD of special intelligence units of the IDF. Between the ages of 21-26. Past or present service in the IDF or national service. The Excel business track for Israeli participants is targeted towards young adults exhibiting strong leadership skills with interest in the tech and business sectors. Israeli participants should be interested in engaging with young Jewish leaders from around the world to form long term bonds within the Jewish community.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Information Sessions:
- Nov 16, 2021 - 07:00 PM ET
- Dec 1, 2021 - 07:00 PM ET
- Dec 8, 2021 - 12:00 PM ET

Pre-Application Information:

The application for Excel summer 2022 will close on January 20, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and thus it is very beneficial to submit your application as early as possible. The earlier you submit your application, the sooner you will be notified if you are granted an interview. Offers will be made on a continual rolling basis.

Application Process:
- Interested students must complete a Birthright Israel Excel online application (which includes submitting a resume, essay, video, unofficial transcript and academic and employment references).
- Selected candidates will be offered a first round interview which is conducted by Excel Fellows who have graduated from college.
- From there, selected applicants are given a second round interview, which is led by the Excel Recruitment Director with participation from other staff.
- Candidates who are selected for the Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship will be notified by email and asked to sign a letter of commitment one week following the offer date.

Excel participants are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departing for Israel with either Pfizer, Moderna or J&J.

USA and International Fellows: All Fellows are required to provide a $500 deposit, of which $300 will be refunded upon completion of the program and other post-program obligations.

Israeli Fellows: All Fellows will be required to provide a $250 deposit which will be refunded upon completion of the program and other post-program obligations.

FAQs: https://birthrightisraelexcel.com/faq/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://www.briexcel.com/?&_ga=2.117966793.1120324298.1639036244-1701518733.1639036244#/CreatAccountPage

USA and International Applicants: For questions, call 212. 457. 0053 or email at INFO@BRIEXCEL.COM

Israeli Applicants: Contact Birthright by either by emailing israel@briexcel.com or calling 972-2-5416213.

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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

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