The Role of the Israelis in the Program
Over the course of a ten-week summer internship in Israel, we match each American participant with an Israeli peer. This personal connection creates a social bridge to Israeli society. The role of the Israeli peer is to engage with the American participant two evenings per week, to host the participant at least once for a Shabbat family dinner and to commit to a number of mandatory activities such as: An orientation meeting prior to the beginning of the program, opening ceremony, the group bonding weekend, a joint organized activity, ending ceremony, farewell party and a summary meeting.
Israeli peers are invited to join most of the program's activities and meetings with business leaders. Some examples of such meetings include: the Presidential Conference; Meeting with Nobel Prize winner Professor Ada Yonath; Finance Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz; visiting Elbit Systems and meeting the CEO Yossi Ackerman; president of Check Point - Gil Shwed; Michael Steinhardt and Lynn Schusterman, two of the most important Jewish philanthropists and co-founders of Taglit Birthright Israel, and many more.
The program covers the expenses involved in the Israelis’ participation in its organized programing. After the successful completion of the program, Israeli peers join a network of fellow Israeli alumni. The goal of the alumni network is to further develop their business relationships with each other and to form a continuing connection with the American participants. Two outstanding Israelis were selected this past summer to participate in the annual retreat in the United States.
The next summer program will run from May 30 to August 1, 2013.
Applications will be accepted between December 2 and December 31, 2012. It is open to all full-time IDC students, IDF soldiers, and to members of the Rothschild Ambassadors. Candidates must be fluent in English, 20-26 years of age (at the time of application), who reside in the Tel Aviv area and are interested in business.
Other advantages include: A background in leadership and community service.
Those who participated in a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in the past are eligible to apply, but those who have previously been an Israeli Ambassador in Birthright Israel Excel are ineligible to reapply.
The selection process includes:
- • Submitting Application Form
• Personal Interview at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya
• Notification of Acceptance
• Signing a Written Commitment