The Milken Innovation Global Fellowship was initiated with the US Israel Center at the UCSD Rady School of Management in 2014. The prestigious fellowship selects students interested in social impact and financial innovation to work on one of the topics discussed as part of the Memorandum of Understanding. Fellows live and work in Israel for 8-10 weeks during the summer with goals of pushing forward new and existing social, environmental, and economic initiatives and delivering projects with concrete implications.
Fellows are placed in Israeli companies based on their area of interest and the unique needs of the companies. So far, fellows have worked at an alternative energy start up at the Prime Minster’s office, Netafim, OurCrowd, Israel Venture Network, and the Milken Innovation Center itself. Their assignments have covered topics such as water efficiency and management, social investment, and alternative energy. Fellows receive a well rounded education on the entire Israeli eco-system while being exposed to meaningful work with important and broad impact. They return to California with new, co-innovative perspectives and ideas of how to adapt Israeli technologies to California.