Undergraduate Blog / Tag: Israel

Jacob Spitz

Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions

This summer, I have been working in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Deloitte Israel. Mostly, I have been working with Israeli companies looking to grow their business inorganically by acquiring another company outside of Israel. In my opinion, this differs a lot from M&A in the US as a lot of companies are acquiring…

Jacob Spitz

Challenging the Norm in the Workplace

Referencing a venture capital panel I attended last spring, I recall an investor from China telling the audience about one of his first trips to Israel. He explained that during a company presentation, the two Israeli co-founders started arguing with each other about a minor detail for a short period of time and then went back to…

Jacob Spitz

“Ask for Forgiveness, not Permission”

“Ask for Forgiveness, not Permission.” Since I arrived in Israel, I’ve heard this phrase on numerous occasions. Israelis become exposed to this phrase heavily during their mandatory military service, which lasts two years for females and three years for males. The reason this phrase is so prevalent during the army years is because of the…

Jacob Spitz

First Weeks Working in Israel

My name is Jacob Spitz, and I am a rising junior undergraduate student at Babson College, concentrating in Finance. I am spending this summer in Tel Aviv, Israel, interning for Deloitte in the M&A and Business Development division. This is my first time in Israel, and I am greatly enjoying it so far. I arrived…

Ashley Gerber

Why My Friends Think I Never Did Any Work

One of the difficulties I encountered in my internship was that I was in a foreign country, and not just anywhere, I was in Israel!  If you have ever been to Israel and even if you have not, you should know that Israel is a beautiful country.  I was interning in Haifa, a coastal city…

Ashley Gerber

What To Bring To The Table

A lesson I learned almost immediately occurred when I pulled out a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at lunch.  The second the sandwich was in plain sight, the attention of the entire table was drawn to me.  Confused, I asked “is anyone allergic to peanut butter?”  The response was some laughter and then one of…

Ashley Gerber

Observations: Israeli Business Culture

This summer I am interning for FlowMed, a startup in Haifa, Israel. The business culture in Israel is very different from the United States. Below is a list of the things that have stood out the most for me in my time in Israel so far: 1. The work week is different I had to redefine…