I heard about Southwestern Advantage when I was a junior in college going to my school’s (University of Utah) career fair. I ran into two really sharp dressed guys with their Southwestern booth and asked them about it. What really attracted me was the level of confidence that these young men had. There presence, sense of self, and level of maturity was what I wanted to develop within myself. I went to an informational session on campus and learned about all of the advantages and challenges of doing the program. They were VERY up front about the challenges of the internship is what I really appreciated. I looked at the challenges as the most appealing part. The company’s mission is to develop skills and character in young people. And you can’t develop CHARACTER without overcoming challenges. I went through my first summer experience selling educational books, websites, and apps. Never thought I’d be a salesman. Let alone a door-to-door salesman. But this actually ended up being much bigger than sales. It taught me how to crystallize my goals. The power of positive self talk. And how to overcome fear. You can’t learn these things in an air-conditioned “normal” internship where all you do is take phone calls, fax papers, and get coffee. You have to APPLY yourself. And I got to practice these things every single day for 12 weeks, 80 hours a week. And I learned that in WHATEVER you want to do in life. Whether it be a salesman, doctor, or good father, brother, etc. What I learned with Southwestern will help me successful in whatever I do. Now I’m going on to my 4th year in field management. I’m learning what it takes to be a leader and how to help develop other people and help them achieve their goals too. This internship would be great for everyone. But not everyone would be great for it. Thanks southwestern for what I’m learning and the amazing motivated people I get to surround myself with.
The culture of Southwestern Advantage is like a family. The camaraderie built during such a difficult summer internship is comparable to that of going to war. The only people who understand what you went through are the people who did the internship with you. It creates bonds and relationships that last a lifetime.
Be honest with the recruiter about your fears and apprehensions. It is important to express these to the interviewer so they can help guide you through these emotions. Over the past 160 years there are plenty of people who have gone through this.