A rapidly expanding student group on college campuses offers college students experiential learning through business in Israel. Founded in 2008 at the University of Michigan, and incubated at PresenTense, TAMID Group is now on 46 college campuses, offering more than 2,200 student members numerous ways to combine their passion for business with the dynamic Israeli landscape in this arena – from experiential business learning through interactive classes, to consulting with Israeli companies, to internship experiences in Israel, to managing investment portfolios with Israeli companies, and more.
“TAMID enables students from all backgrounds to interact with Israeli business leaders in an environment that’s full of excitement and devoid of controversy,” says Yoni Heilman, Executive Director of TAMID. “Students can take their careers to the next level by working with world-class Israeli startups. In so doing, these students form lasting relationships with Israel and its people.”
This year, students started new TAMID chapters at Vanderbilt, Miami of Ohio, NYU Shanghai, Stanford, Duke, Chapman, Tufts, Rutgers, American, Brown, University of Chicago, IDC Herzliya, and UC Santa Barbara. TAMID now has chapters at all eight Ivy League schools (with the addition of Brown) and is at 16 schools that are in the top 20 of rankings for U.S. News and World report.
One Israeli company, Hyfit, which produces a body resistance exercise tool, offered full-time paying positions to every member of its TAMID consulting team because of the project’s success. Another Israeli company, Swiftic, one of the world’s largest mobile app building companies, launched their newest product Swiftic.io with the help of TAMID students. Swiftic.io is aiming to help influencers by monetizing their influence through their own mobile app.
In total, TAMID student members have formed consulting teams to provide 65,000 pro-bono hours consulting for Israeli companies on the solutions to important business problems.
And, each summer, TAMID members have the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Israel on their capstone internship experience and engaging in conversations with some of Israel’s business leaders.
Students not only run the groups at the chapter level – arranging events, classes, the consulting opportunities, and more – but also fill national student leadership positions. The current student leadership currently is split evenly among men and women.
“I have my first job in the sports world working for the Brooklyn Nets – the very same job I applied for and did not get the year prior,” says Benjamin Yirman of Yeshiva University. “The only difference in my experience from one year to the next was my involvement in TAMID and being able to discuss that in my interview.”