It is the hardest Internship in America. Very rewarding to finish.
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.
Nothing, as long as you understand that this is might be the hardest thing you do in college.
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.
"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.
Just as advertised, but you have to be coachable and you have to want 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
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.