Birthright Excel: Grooming leaders

“Excel is for our best and brightest,” said Birthright Israel co-founder Michael Steinhardt.

December 2, 2015 22:18
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Participants from the professional internship program Birthright Excel take a group shot at a reunion in New York in October. (photo credit: TAGLIT-BIRTHRIGHT)


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Combine a concentrated junior year abroad, an intense internship with a high-level Israeli business/hi-tech firm and the Zionist-building elements of a Birthright program, and it would probably look a lot like Birthright Excel.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the competitive 10-week offshoot of Birthright Israel accepts 40 to 50 Jewish undergrads each year out of close to 2,000 applicants who are then placed in some of the country’s elite companies in finance, venture capital and hi-tech – from Checkpoint and Deloitte to Ernst & Young and Pitango.


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