The TAMID chapter at Queens College is in its second year and continues to provide real-world business experience to students.
The club is open to all applicants and, if accepted, students are given the opportunity to interface with Israeli-based start-ups seeking entry into the United States consumer market. Members of TAMID gain access to a worldwide network of students, companies and business leaders.
“TAMID is looking to give its 20 to 25 members the opportunity to consult with real world companies. There are companies doing really cool things in Israel and they want to do business here in the U.S, we are in a unique position to help them do that,” Max Fruchter, junior and president of TAMID’s QC chapter, said.
TAMID’s 35 chapters across the country give members access to a network of influential and experienced individuals who provide advice and mentorship. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the TAMID Fellowship, an 8-week summer internship program that pairs outstanding student leaders with companies in Israel.
“After my first year at TAMID I have friends and connections from schools all across the country. These days networking is crucial. TAMID is not just a club on one campus, it’s a network of more than 1,000 people across the world with like-minded viewpoints and varied interests,” Shlomo Klahr, project manager of QC TAMID and TAMID Fellowship participant, said.
Every Labor Day weekend during the TAMID National Conference, four awards are presented to campuses that have excelled or tackled a problem, effectively.
This year TAMID at QC received the award for Best Event for their Shark Tank event last May. The chapter at QC raised over $30,000 for the event.
TAMID seeks to help students mentally separate Israel’s business culture from the politics and religion of the region. Second only to the United States, Israel has more companies traded on NASDAQ than any other country.
“When people think of Israel they think of a country under fire, always involved in some controversy. We want to look at Israel as just a place of innovation, a place where you can learn. It’s a really small country doing unbelievable things and there are reasons for that,” Fruchter said.
Although TAMID attracts students majoring in Finance and Economics, there are a wide variety of opportunities for students with a diverse set of skills and interests.
This semester TAMID is working with Heyman Brothers Films, an Israeli-based independent film production company. The project gives students studying subjects like marketing, film and dance an opportunity to take their education beyond the classroom and into the real world.
“It’s experiential learning. We are not learning about something or even practicing. We are working directly with these companies. It’s an unbelievable opportunity for a freshman or a sophomore,” Klahr said.
TAMID continues to provide students with valuable skills making them more marketable in today’s job market.
“I would hire someone with TAMID on their resume,” Fruchter said.