Anna Hoang – Breaking out of my comfort zone

My name is Anna Hoang and I graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) with a diploma in Financial Management. Like most students at BCIT, my time at BCIT was filled with sleep deprived and over worked days. Taking seven to eight courses per semester with midterms and finals crammed consecutively in one week was definitely a challenge. I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAnna Hoang – Breaking out of my comfort zone

Jenny Ly – Learning to finish strong!

Everything I have done up to last summer has been a great effort with an awesome start but I have never been able to follow through with the same effort on anything.  I am sure I am not the only one to have admitted finishing strong isn’t top on my list of achievements.  Two events still sting.  High school – … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJenny Ly – Learning to finish strong!

Kyle Conley – Failing Forward: A 21 year search for meaning

When I was fourteen I was given a book on becoming a star by a man who had managed the top people in Hollywood. At the time I wanted to be an actor so my mom gave me the book to most likely stomp out my ambition and make me realize that I would be better suited as a doctor … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKyle Conley – Failing Forward: A 21 year search for meaning

Alicia Taubert – Confidence in the unknown

I sat down in the same brown, wooden chair where I sold my first set of books three month prior.  It was at that moment that I realized how much had changed in my life.  I didn’t recognize the young woman I had become.  This mere realization sent me into a little state of shock and I began to shake … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlicia Taubert – Confidence in the unknown

Phi Do – Out of my comfort zone again!

Growing up in Northern California, I was surrounded by a network of family, friends, and a community that I grew to love.  I loved my high school, my hometown, my room, my dog, all of which were things that I adapted to be a part of my comfort zone. What most people don’t know was I came to America young, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantagePhi Do – Out of my comfort zone again!

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!

Bryan Fink – Action Cures Fear

Bryan Fink – Murray  State University I was sitting on the edge of my bed, prepped, packed and almost ready to drive to meet my student manager and the other students who would be driving together to Nashville for sales school. So many thoughts were racing through my mind, the same thoughts I had already had countless times since I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBryan Fink – Action Cures Fear

Kyle Peters – Advice to young OL’s in the Southwestern Advantage

Kyle Peters – Michigan State University I was approaching my third summer in the Southwestern Advantage program, and it was going to be my first time as an “organizational leader.” Being an organizational leader is lot of responsibility – not only do you coach your team in the summer, but you also coach other student manager’s teams. Your responsibilities include: … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKyle Peters – Advice to young OL’s in the Southwestern Advantage

Blake McDermott – A hands-on leadership seminar with Southwestern Advantage

Blake McDermott During my university years, I took a course on Leadership and General Management. It was a six credit course, held on weekends, and before taking it I was warned by the professor and other students who had taken it before that it would demand a lot of me, challenge me, and occasionally even frustrate me. At the same … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBlake McDermott – A hands-on leadership seminar with Southwestern Advantage

Shaina Chechang – Running and Chasing a Dream

Shaina Chechang – University of Iowa I created a Bucket List the February of my freshman year of college.  I brainstormed 85 things of what I wanted to do before I die, predicting it would take decades to accomplish.  Within a year, I was able to complete a good chunk of my list.  Four years later, I am proud that … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageShaina Chechang – Running and Chasing a Dream

Erica Ohrazda – A life changing experience with Southwestern Advantage

Erica Ohrazda – University of Washington If I were to speak of my Southwestern Advantage internship experience in short, I would say that there are few other things that I’ve done and will do in my life, that has changed my life as much as my experience with Southwestern. There are many things that I am grateful for in life; one … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageErica Ohrazda – A life changing experience with Southwestern Advantage

Justin Mangen – Challenges or Opportunities to Grow?

Justin Mangen – Univ. of Wisconsin –Oshkosh I was a freshman at Univ. of Wisconsin –Oshkosh when I heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer internship program. I filled out a summer work questionnaire in class one day because I needed a summer job. I went to the informational meeting and all the benefits jumped out at me. Money? I was … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJustin Mangen – Challenges or Opportunities to Grow?

Chanel Sedberry – Trained from the womb

Chanel Sedberry – Biola University Book sellin’ is in my blood. That’s a weird statement, I know, but I’ve heard book selling stories since before I can remember. My mother sold books for 7 summers with Southwestern back in the early 80’s and it was an experience that she has carried throughout her life. Somehow, my whole life, she was … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChanel Sedberry – Trained from the womb

Jessica Starrett – Success is Growth

Jessica Starrett- Purdue University It’s been two years almost to the day since I first heard about Southwestern Advantage. I was nearing the end of my sophomore year at Purdue and was driving home one night when I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize and on the other line was a guy who invited me to hear … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJessica Starrett – Success is Growth

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

Naomi Langley – Being a person of influence

Naomi Langley – University of Florida The Southwestern Advantage internship was the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Mississippi is forever marked with my sweat and tears, and it was all worth it. I learned discipline, sales skills, and how to get a mustang out of a mudhole. I made lasting relationships with some of my customers and still … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNaomi Langley – Being a person of influence

Jamison Pence – A more meaningful fun

Jamison Pence – University of Maryland Of the many events and clubs I had participated in college there is nothing that I can remember more clearly than every aspect of my joining the Southwestern Advantage Program. From when I filled out a survey in my astronomy class and my friend said, “are you really gonna fill one of those out?” … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJamison Pence – A more meaningful fun

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 . . .

Daniela Zelinkova – The Motivational Roller Coaster

Daniela Zelinkova – Charles University, Prague My last few summers before working in the Southwestern Advantage internship I spent my holiday at a swimming pool working in the buffet and pub. It was really tough (I thought) and physically it really was. I worked for 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 3 months (I did have like 3 … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDaniela Zelinkova – The Motivational Roller Coaster

Luke Filipos – It always happens

Luke Filipos – University of Richmond Between the months of June and September, Portland, Maine is probably among the top ten most beautiful places in the world. It’s about 75 degrees and sunny almost every day. I live 15 minutes from the beach. Every year I had spent the summer with friends on the beach, partying, working as a bar … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLuke Filipos – It always happens

Jeff Hsieh – The two summers that almost never happened

Jeff Hsieh – UC Berkeley My story with the Southwestern Advantage Internship starts with a simple Facebook status: Aaron Ho: If you’re looking for a paid internship this summer, message me! I’ll hook you up! 😀 To which I responded with little enthusiasm: Jeff Hsieh: I’m interested. Little did I know, those two words would change my life forever. I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJeff Hsieh – The two summers that almost never happened

Maret Saat – More like a sport than a job

Maret Saat – Tartu University Estonia My name is Maret Saat and I am an MBA student from Tartu, Estonia. I grew up in Tartu and finished university majoring in Spanish language and literature. As a freshman in Tartu University I heard about Southwestern Advantage through a friend of mine with whom we had played volleyball together for many years. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMaret Saat – More like a sport than a job

Diana Rodriguez – Trusting skill and luck . . .oops!

Diana Rodriguez – Auburn University After losing my phone during the spring break prior to my first summer, still somehow finding my student manager’s number who told me about the Southwestern Advantage internship felt like it had to be fate. This was probably because everything had played out so far in my life. Everything had come at just the right time, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDiana Rodriguez – Trusting skill and luck . . .oops!

Julia Zamatajeva – It gets better!

Julia Zamatajeva – Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia My name is Julia Zamatajeva and I am from a tiny European country named Estonia with a total population of 1.3 million people and 3 times smaller area than the state of Illinois. I grew up in a little town Haapsalu with a total population of 12,000 people. If somebody had told … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJulia Zamatajeva – It gets better!

Daniel Kemp – Riding my bike in the heat of Texas

Daniel Kemp – UNC Wilmington I can now say without a doubt choosing to do the Southwestern Advantage internship program my first summer was the best decision I have made in my life thus far. I still remember one of my best friends from high school Justin Mckenzie calling one day out of the blue to tell me about this … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDaniel Kemp – Riding my bike in the heat of Texas

Jon Pinches – Stubborn vs Coachable

Jon Pinches – Arizona State University I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage Summer Program after I filled out one of those little surveys in one of my business classes at Arizona State University. Actually, I apparently filled out 3 or 4 of them before I finally got a call from my future student manager, Monique Flores. I was a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJon Pinches – Stubborn vs Coachable

Jose Aguilar – Getting the equivalent of an MBA in the Southwestern Internship

Jose Aguilar – UCLA I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage internship through a survey I jokingly filled out. This was mid-May, three weeks before the spring semester was over. At that time, I had finished an internship as an International Trade Assistant where I was able to publish some valuable reports. Then, I was working as a clerk on … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJose Aguilar – Getting the equivalent of an MBA in the Southwestern Internship

Laura Jones – My chance to shine in the Southwestern Advantage Internship

Laura Jones – University of Iowa I first became familiar with the Southwestern Advantage Internship in the summer of 2004 when my mom bought a set of huge burgundy books from two Estonian boys. Two years later, in 2006, my older brother became a “book boy.” Three years later in 2009, my mother, who had initially tried talking my brother OUT … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLaura Jones – My chance to shine in the Southwestern Advantage Internship

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