An internship that will actually change your life

5.0
Position title
Salesperson / Student Leader
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
5,000 plus
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Everywhere, Florida
Work industry
Sales
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?
Challenging
It is the hardest Internship in America. Very rewarding to finish.
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?

The best thing about this internship program is the general lifestyle you learn is possible for you to live. It isn't actually just a summer internship. The internship itself is an important component of the skill development of the student, but definitely not the only piece. Throughout the year, Southwestern Advantage hosts leadership and life seminars. Students learn the importance and skills of time management, commitment, perseverance, interview and job skills, communication skills, goal setting and personal life advice. All that I've mentioned skims the surface of what this program offers. The culture, people and mentors are also an incredible asset to have for life. Whether the student applying or exploring this opportunity is a business major or not; entrepreneurial skills are best developed in the Southwestern Advantage program.

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

Nothing, as long as you understand that this is might be the hardest thing you do in college.

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: 

The absolute best experience I could have asked for from leadership. These individuals operate on a lead by example mentality. Everyone knows and understands what a student can experience while doing the internship, so they are relatable, transparent and reliable. These students work incredibly hard and will genuinely care about you and your experience doing the program.

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.

"The most rewarding and incredible group of people." This isn't an unique testimony, I'm sure any intern doing any internship would say this. However, people in the business find that many of their bridesmaids are bookgirls or groomsmen are bookmen at their wedding. The company president might show up as well. Those late nights out in Nashville, Jacksonville, New Orleans, or Chicago are with the kids you can party with, but also the ones who will make sure you get home safe. The same are the ones who you will be instantly connected with if you're from Florida and they are from Estonia or Colorado. One of my best friends in the program is from Wisconsin, while I'm from Florida, no one could tell we had officially met just weeks ago back in the spring. We talk all the time even being apart. You have a group of 200 people who are like minded and will believe in you no matter what. Like really, no matter what. These individuals are talk-action machines. Dream chasers, visionaries and achievers.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Financial bonus Free products and electronics Travel — International Travel — National Social activities Volunteering day

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Just as advertised, but you have to be coachable and you have to want it.
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Doubt it
Because of this internship, I get shortlisted for positions all the time; but I don't want to pursue sales or recruiting in life
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit Location Benefits
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Understand what this internship takes. Ask questions. It takes a certain type of person to persevere through the challenges you will face and decide to keep going. Less than 1% will decide that this is for them. You will most likely be an individual with a strong vision for your future and be willing to do anything to see it to fruition. For those students, you will get exactly the kind of experience you want from Southwestern.