This summer, two TAMID members – Dylan Abrams, Co-Founder/Co-President and Noah Brown, Director of Fellowship – had the opportunity to take part in the 2019 TAMID Fellowship in Tel Aviv. The Fellowship is a competitive 8-week internship program where students must apply and gain acceptance to the program, to then go through a rigorous matching process with various Israeli startups and international branches of Fortune 500 companies. 

Dylan and Noah had the chance to live and work in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, as well as explore the rest of Israel on the weekends within their small groups. Dylan worked at Everest, an investment bank based in Tel-Aviv – when asked about the experience, he mentioned, “the Fellowship is a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, learn about international business, meet like-minded, motivated individuals from elite schools across the US, and enjoy the incredible food, beaches, shopping and Israeli culture. 

Noah stated, “I am so lucky and grateful to have made numerous personal and professional connections and friendships throughout the summer that will last a lifetime. I had the opportunity to work for PayMe, an Israeli FinTech startup based in Tel Aviv. PayMe sells its services to banks as a white-label solution for small businesses. Immediately, I was taken aback by the Israeli startup culture. I have had internships in the States, however, my internship in the ‘Startup Nation’ gave me a much better opportunity to gain hands-on experience and solve real problems that arose during daily business operations. I was tasked with thinking of potential services PayMe could offer in addition to reaching out to different banks and CRM’s who often use our services. I helped to come up with a new idea for the platform which allows small businesses to find cheaper input costs based on their proximity to certain providers.” 

To learn more about the Fellowship, inquire about our Fellowship Info Session or inquire with Noah Brown at noahab2@illinois.edu.

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