Southwestern Advantage

Most rewarding opportunity

5.0
Position title
Campus Leader
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,501 to 3,000
How long was your work term?
Other
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Cookeville, Tennessee
Work industry
Entrepreneurship
Faculty
Business

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I heard about Southwestern Advantage as a freshman at UCF in the spring of 2016. Jake and I both rowed crew at the University of Central Florida. He brought me to hear more information about the summer internship from a man who had 16-years of experience with the company. What appealed to me about the program were the travel opportunities, peer group, and having the right to say "I've completed the most difficult internship a college student can choose to do." After hearing that it was 80+ hours, door-to-door, straight commission, out of state, I was a little skeptical at first and was afraid of what my parents might think. But, after hearing personal stories about what all had been gained through those challenges from my interviewer and calling other students who have completed the program in the past, I was in. It was drawing near to the end of my freshman year and everyone one around campus was encouraging me to get involved and find internship opportunities. Choosing to accept my position to work with Southwestern Advantage ended up being the most impactful life decision I've made, besides going to college. I've now helped hundreds of families with education in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky. Personally delivering all the orders every summer is one of the most rewards parts of the whole summer experience.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

The summer is HARD. And that is WHY it's so rewarding. As book men/women, we are unapologetically part of the toughest millennial movement to change the world.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

Keep investing in the growth of the students that participate in the program - just as you've done for 150+ years.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

Family environment

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Travel — International Travel — National Social activities

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Spend time speaking with other students that have completed one or more years in the program. Contact me with questions anytime and see what my experience was like on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AlexTheBookmanSzymanski