Mike Ford – Controlling my circumstances

Mike Ford – University of Kentucky, B.S. in International Economics “My name is Mike Ford, and I’m a District Sales Leader with Southwestern Advantage, and I’ve been here going on my 10th year. I’ve gotten a lot of things out of working with the Southwestern Advantage program. I would say the biggest thing I got out of my first summer was just the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMike Ford – Controlling my circumstances

Earl Almeida – Parting advice

Earl Almeida – University of Western Ontario It was just over 13 years ago that I heard about Southwestern Advantage for the first time.  I started my university career in the fall of 1998, moving away from home in Toronto to attend the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.  The business school at Western had a great reputation and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageEarl Almeida – Parting advice

Billy Teschke – More than I ever expected

Billy Teschke – Notre Dame Hi Maurice, I’m writing to express my gratitude to you, the other Foundation Org. leaders Kyle Peters and Christie Bradley, my district sales manager Aaron Schafer, and the Southwestern Advantage summer sales program as a whole, especially the student managers of our group and everyone that conducted sales school in Nashville. I wanted to commend you all for the hard work … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBilly Teschke – More than I ever expected

Brandon Devlin – Proving myself to myself

Brandon Devlin – University of Richmond It’s funny to think that our lives can fundamentally change based on the smallest decisions we make.  In March of 2001 I was a sophomore at the University of Richmond, and I can assure you that I harbored no grand illusions of having a paradigm-shifting experience like I ended up with that summer.  I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrandon Devlin – Proving myself to myself

Dillon Barr – Bags packed!

I won’t ever forget the call my sales manager, Maurice Howell, made to me while I was sitting in my college apartment doing nothing with my life. At the time I thought I was a mature, patient, well-rounded young man with the world at my fingertips. I could easily make my way through school with the talents I was given … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDillon Barr – Bags packed!

Matt Atchison – A defining moment

Matt Atchison – Creighton University As a 29 year old young man that just found out I am going to be a father for the first time, I find myself recognizing that there are certain moments that carry real gravity in the story of our lives.  Sometimes we realize those moments as they are happening (like the moment you find … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMatt Atchison – A defining moment

Christine Martin – Still Growing!

Christine Martin – University of Central Missouri My experience with Southwestern Advantage is hard to put into words. I have been working with Southwestern Advantage for over 5 years. It is crazy think of where I was when I started as an 18 year-old girl and to see how far I have come. However, this progress did not come without … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChristine Martin – Still Growing!

Dan Moore – Proper Preparation promotes powerful performance

Dan Moore – Harvard It has been a privilege to work with outstanding college and university students for the past 37 years. Thinking back on my own six summers of selling, starting after my first year at Harvard, virtually every aspect of my life since then has been flavored by some of the lessons from those years. Some lessons, unfortunately, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDan Moore – Proper Preparation promotes powerful performance

A 360 degree look at the “Southwestern Advantage”

Aaron Schafer – Michigan State University When I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer sales program in college I saw it as nothing more than something I was going to try for a summer. My girlfriend at the time (now wife) had sold books for two summers and done quite well.  I was paying for half of my own … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageA 360 degree look at the “Southwestern Advantage”

Ron Alford – Fall down seven times, stand up eight

Ron Alford – Seattle Pacific University We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. -Romans 5:3-5 My greatest fear in life is to be average, to be “one of many”…. no way. As most 19 year … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRon Alford – Fall down seven times, stand up eight

Robin Mukherjee – What you will one day be, you are now becoming – From Scotland to the USA

An amazing man, called Jim McEachern, wrote an article entitled “What you will one day be, you are now becoming” in the 1960s. I heard about it when I initially was selected for the Southwestern Advantage Program in November 1991, and it made a real impact on me. Since starting with Southwestern in 1991, I am so grateful that I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobin Mukherjee – What you will one day be, you are now becoming – From Scotland to the USA

Rory Vaden – Taking the Stairs!

Rory Vaden – University of Denver Rory Vaden is a New York Times Bestselling Author, Business Motivational Speaker, and Self-Discipline Strategist whose insights have been shared on Oprah radio and in print media such as SUCCESS™ Magazine. Rory is the leader of the Take the Stairs World Tour! For success tips on a daily basis from Rory follow him on … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRory Vaden – Taking the Stairs!

Mary Lee Holmes – Refusing to Quit

Mary Lee Holmes – University of Alabama It seems in life that when most people attempt something great like weight loss, starting a new business, etc… they look for the easy way out. Look at infomercials for losing weight. What do you typically see? You see a pill that will magically melt the pounds away, or the machine that will … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMary Lee Holmes – Refusing to Quit

Joey Franzese – The rewards are worth the sacrifices

Joey Franzese – Miami University Hello there! Well, I hope you’re having a great day and I bet you’re reading my story to figure out if Southwestern Advantage is the right internship experience for you this summer, or maybe you are getting prepared for your summer coming up. Let me preface my post and say that you MUST read all the way … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJoey Franzese – The rewards are worth the sacrifices

Amanda Tobin – That Southwestern Door-to-Door Book Selling Internship Thing . . .

Amanda Tobin I remember just starting my senior year when my older brother Brandan Tobin came home from this Southwestern Advantage “door to door” internship my dad and I knew nothing about. I hadn’t heard from him all summer long. When he finally came home he threw open the front door, dumped this ugly green backpack down on the floor, and passed … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAmanda Tobin – That Southwestern Door-to-Door Book Selling Internship Thing . . .

Kyle Ary – Quiet and Bashful to Confident and Energetic in the Southwestern Internship

Kyle Ary – Oklahoma State University I remember it was spring of 2006 in my sophomore year at Oklahoma State University.  I was actually at a speed reading seminar when I received a phone call.  It was in the middle of the seminar so I didn’t get the chance to answer it so I gave the unknown number a call back during … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKyle Ary – Quiet and Bashful to Confident and Energetic in the Southwestern Internship

Nate Vogel – WE DO A GREAT THING!

Nate Vogel – Western Washington University Two weeks before the summer will start in 1988, I am going back home to be a manager of “Tanfastic” (a tanning salon) in Olympia, Washington. I am in my dorm room at Western Washington University and my friend Justin Henson told me about this summer job “selling books”. He said “just come hear … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNate Vogel – WE DO A GREAT THING!

Virgie Sandford – The 5 Second Decision

Virgie Sandford – University of South Dakota When I sat through an information meeting about the Southwestern Advantage summer internship 16 years ago as a freshman at the University of South Dakota, I almost chickened out… It was sooo different, so NOT me. Sales?!?! Business?!?! A hundred questions went through my head, “I THINK I can work that hard…but can I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageVirgie Sandford – The 5 Second Decision

Channing Porter – Freshman daughter takes on the Southwestern summer program

Channing Porter – University of Maryland The first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer sales program I was a freshman at the University of Maryland. I was in astronomy class and some guy made an announcement and passed a survey out about a summer internship. I filled it out because I thought I would keep my options open for … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChanning Porter – Freshman daughter takes on the Southwestern summer program

Bobby Nicholson – Finding an Excuse or Finding a Way?

Bobby Nicholson – University of Tennessee “What are you doing this summer?” This is a question I randomly asked my friend Tara Bell that changed my life forever.  Her answer was, “I’m selling kids books door to door.”  I said to her, “That’s interesting.” She goes, “Yeah, I made $15,000 doing it last summer.” I looked around at my other … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBobby Nicholson – Finding an Excuse or Finding a Way?

Manny Vargas – Making myself recession-proof in the Southwestern Internship!

Manny Vargas – University of Florida It was Fall 2002 when I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer work program. I was walking out of my Architectural Design class, when a classmate brought up the old “what we did last summer” conversation. I told him about my glorious summer before college interning for free at a firm in Tampa Bay … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageManny Vargas – Making myself recession-proof in the Southwestern Internship!

Naomi Schafer – My first independent decision

Naomi Schafer – Michigan State University My first summer in the Southwestern Advantage internship was basically my introduction into the world as a person who makes her own decisions in life! Literally! It would not an exaggeration to say that I had never made a decision by myself…ever up to that point. My sisters used to worry–actually worry about me, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNaomi Schafer – My first independent decision

Lucas Karasch – A polite decline turns into an amazing opportunity in the Southwestern Internship

Lucas Karasch – Wheaton College I had never heard of the Southwestern Advantage internship before until a good friend from high school in Scottsdale, AZ, returned from his first summer. “Lucas, it was such an incredible experience, you should totally do this with me next summer!” I thought to myself, why would anybody in their right mind voluntarily give up … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLucas Karasch – A polite decline turns into an amazing opportunity in the Southwestern Internship

Chris Samuels – The Good, the Bad, and the Worthwhile

The Good, the Bad, and the Worthwhile Chris Samuels, University of North Carolina I will never forget the day that I set off to Glencoe, MN for my first summer in the Southwestern Advantage program.  I had never been off the east coast and I was amazed at the difference as I started to experience the Midwest.   Pulling into Glencoe, I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChris Samuels – The Good, the Bad, and the Worthwhile

Chris Salata – To sell or not to sell, that is the question . . .

Chris Salata – University of Kentucky One random phone call on one random night changed my life for the better in a multitude of ways. I was actually at the library studying for an exam in my freshman year of college when a strange incoming number appeared on my cell phone. I always enjoy answering weird numbers so I picked … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChris Salata – To sell or not to sell, that is the question . . .

Tina Edmonds – A national champion conquers the Southwestern summer program

Tina Edmonds – University of Maryland The way I got into the Southwestern Advantage summer program is very different from the standard individual. I saw an ad in the newspaper one day on campus.  I went to an information session, and knew that it was something I wanted to do.  Playing field hockey for the University of Maryland, I came … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageTina Edmonds – A national champion conquers the Southwestern summer program

Andres Martin – A Southwestern Advantage Internship review 10 years in the making

Andres Martin – Thankful for the opportunity I was happy to get the opportunity to sell books in the Southwestern Advantage Internship, and expected to start fast. But – only 100 bucks. That’s what I made my first week. Not exactly close to the $1,500 I was thinking I would make. But it was OK. I was still excited after my … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAndres Martin – A Southwestern Advantage Internship review 10 years in the making

Jeremy Locklear – Taking on the Southwestern summer program challenge

Jeremy Locklear 231 cities in 13 countries.  Scuba diving in Cancun, skydiving over Texas and Oklahoma, snorkeling in the Bahamas, wake boarding in Argentina, climbing mountains in Peru, playing soccer on the beach in Chile…  I’m not bragging, this is what I want everyone to have the option of doing.  The life I’ve lived so far in my 23 years … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJeremy Locklear – Taking on the Southwestern summer program challenge

Dan Murdock – What the Southwestern Internship did for me

Dan Murdock – Western Michigan University When I joined Southwestern Advantage, I was a Junior Sales and Marketing major at Western Michigan University.  I was looking to get some sort of real world job experience when my manager Travis Lopes offered me a position.  I went to Fargo ND, which at the time sounded like the worst place in the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDan Murdock – What the Southwestern Internship did for me

Jaak Roosaare – From a one summer challenge to the career of a lifetime

Jaak Roosaare – Estonia My name is Jaak Roosaare and I am from small (1.3m people) country called Estonia. It might seem almost like an impossible dream but we have about 300 students every summer selling books with Southwestern Advantage (the total full-time undergraduate student population is about 35,000 in the country). I first sold books in 2002, and since … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJaak Roosaare – From a one summer challenge to the career of a lifetime