This post was inspired by fellow fellow Nate Gilson (http://tamidnate.wordpress.com/).
While preparing for the fellowship, I discovered that there are a ton of people from the University of Michigan going to Israel this summer. Off the top of my head alone, I know people going with Birthright, the JRC, Career Israel, independent internships, to study at Yeshiva, to visit family, volunteer with Magen David Adom, making Aliyah…the list is endless. But this then begs the question: Why TAMID?
I am lucky enough to live in a time and place where there are ways for almost anyone interested to get to Israel. Before becoming a fellow I was considering doing an Ulpan or volunteering on a kibbutz–following any avenue to get me back. But TAMID offers an experience more complex than I would get, say, working b’teva. On the surface, the fellowship is an internship with an Israeli company. But delving deeper into its goal, it is an immersion into Israel-the economy, culture and lifestyle.
This is a chance to go to a foreign country and live like the locals. But beyond that, TAMID offers networking opportunities unique to this program. We will be meeting with business leaders throughout the country and get the chance to hear from and interact with some of the country’s brightest and most innovative people.
Not only that, but we will be able to spread the word about TAMID. Business is all about networking, or so people keep telling me.
So, why TAMID? When else will I get the opportunity to:
-Live in Israel for 2 1/2 months?
-Intern for a cutting-edge biopharmaceutical company?
-Do international networking?
-Meet with leaders in all fields of business?
-See Israel as Israelis do?
…all on the same program?