Alexis Block of Glendale, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, was one of the 44 college students participating in Taglit-Birthright Israel’s Excel leadership program this past summer.
Participants in this fellowship spent 10 weeks interning at Israeli offices of prominent multinational companies in a wide range of industries — finance, venture capital, consulting, high-technology and biotechnology.
According a news release from the program, participants are matched with a mentoring Israeli executive from the company with which they work and with an Israeli peer who has received honors from the Israel Defense Forces or the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Participants also attend meetings with Israeli leaders in business, technology, culture, politics and philanthropy, and partake in workshops and trips on topics including leadership, Jewish identity and communication.
Upon their return, Excel Fellows join a network of alumni in the U.S. and Israel. They participate in programs aimed at shaping the group’s consciousness in business leadership, Jewish leadership and social responsibility. They also attend an annual leadership conference and meetings and workshops with business and technology leaders throughout the U.S. and Israel.