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Who knew two months could feel like two seconds.

Sitting at my desk at Hibob’s Tel Aviv office, my looming departure from Israel hangs heavily over my head, prompting me to reflect on my summer experience. From living in hipster-capital Florentin, to touring Israel’s beautiful and diverse landscapes, to meeting wonderful people from TAMID, every day has been a unique adventure that has augmented my love and appreciation for Israel. …


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For most college students, prestigious summer internships are the barometer of success in school, with the competitive recruitment process providing copious levels of stress and anxiety. Due to the link between internships and receiving a full-time offer after school, it makes perfect sense why such importance is placed upon these ten-week forays into the workforce. While only a select few work 90-plus hours per week, all interns work hard to leave their superiors with a good impression of their work ethic and capabilities. I have witnessed and frankly, have fallen victim to the internship craze; working as an intern for Hibob, an HR technology startup, I have begun to see the company-side importance of internships. …


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At a world-renowned school like Cornell University, it is not surprising that students are competitive; with tough admission statistics and invaluable alumni connections — not to mention the astronomical tuition costs — it makes sense that students doggedly pursue pre-professional majors to best position themselves for high-paying, prestigious jobs after college. This creates a cutthroat culture that I have come to accept as a reality. My experience this summer as an intern in Tel Aviv, Israel, however, has radically altered my perspective, taking me outside the pressure-cooker I have grown so accustomed to.

After beginning my summer internship at Hibob, a mid-sized HR technology startup in Tel Aviv, the positive and progressive workplace culture has been a surprising and welcome change from the cutthroat environment I am used to at school. Instead of students trying to one-up each other and beat each other on a particular test, Hibob revolves around collaboration and unity. From my first day, I was shocked by every employee’s willingness to help each other and work towards a collective goal. At Cornell, the end-goal of most students is to outperform their peers on an exam and position themselves favorably on the curve. In contrast, I’ve come to learn that everything at Hibob is a team project, with each department supplementing each other to make a wholesome and effective product. …

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Justin Simms

Economics major at Cornell University; loves sports, travel, and American presidential fun facts.

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