As the summer comes to an end, and my internship draws to a close, I’d like to share my experience in working for Innitel.
I live in Brooklyn, I came to Israel as part of a program that housed us in the Old City of Jerusalem and set us up with various companies for internships. The aim of the program was to give college students a chance to experience life in Israel (and maybe convince us to move). I’d previously gone on Birthright, which gives a very condensed view of what Israel and its culture is like, but I didn’t really have the experience of what it’s like to live here until now.
Working in Innitel really provides that view. It’s like a concentrated view into the diversity and optimism of an Israeli community. In this one office alone, I’ve counted at least 5 languages, though there are likely even more.
The company has a wonderful balance of workplace focus and having fun. A week doesn’t go by without the office going on some excursion, or mission, to learn a lesson and sometimes just for the fun of it. It creates an environment where coworkers are very comfortable with each other, which is exactly the goal of our CTO, Dan Leubitz.
Whether it’s drawing on the walls of the office, or handing out ‘sips’ of water to the dehydrated passersby outside, the company knows to work as a team.
I’ve worked very closely with Dan over the past few weeks, and I’m honestly inspired with everything he stands for. The dedication he has to his company is captivating. And his dedication is not just expressed in his business decisions and work ethic. He goes out of his ways to create a work environment where everyone is communicating and learning from each other. I think this is one of the reasons Innitel is so successful. Every team here is supportive of everyone else, and they all know the common goal that we work towards.
The excursions we take are stronger than any team building activities I’ve seen. Dan creates a natural environment that has coworkers wanting to help each other. Whether it’s drawing on the walls of the office, or handing out ‘sips’ of water to the dehydrated passersby outside, the company knows to work as a team.
In the weeks that I’ve been here, I’ve been accepted as a colleague by my colleagues. My ideas are treated with the same respect as someone that has been working here for years, which made my stay so enjoyable.
If my internship is only six weeks, how was I ever going to fit in?
Six weeks in considered a fairly standard period of time to train and get acclimated in a new work environment, which really concerned me going in. If my internship is only six weeks, how was I ever going to fit in?
It turns out that my concerns were unfounded. Immediately upon joining the team, I was accepted. The adjustment period was not six weeks, it was instant.
I have to say, I’ve learned more about phone systems than I thought I would ever have to know. PBX systems and Atomic Dialers… It’s not a field that I ever envisioned going into, but the information that I learned will be invaluable to going forward. It turns out that you don’t need to be a telemarketer to need a PBX, so I’m sure whatever profession I’ll go into I’ll find that the knowledge I gained has been useful.
Even besides for the knowledge I’ve gained, I think I learned. I’ve learned about being in a workplace (this was my first job in an office), about collaborating with co-workers. And from Dan, I’ve learned about running a successful company. As Editor-in-Chief and President of my campus paper, I hope to take what I’ve learned and put it forward into my own little company.
I’d like to thank all my coworkers for giving me such a great summer and such important experience. Working with them has been a pleasure, and I hope we’ll have the chance to cross paths in the future.