Zac DeVries – Make lemonade out of your summer!

Zac DeVries – Grand Valley State University I think one of the funniest and most endearing things about your first Southwestern Advantage summer is not only what it reveals about you, but also WHEN it reveals it. My first summer I was working in North Branch, MN a town only slightly larger than your high school. I remember that week I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageZac DeVries – Make lemonade out of your summer!

Rachel Demp – Seeing what I was really made of in the Southwestern Internship

Rachel Demp – Grand Valley State University Before Southwestern Advantage, I had always been good at everything. I was a National Dance Champion for three years in a row, All-American dancer for three years, and top scholar of my graduating class finishing 8th out of 400. I was an excellent student, on the dean’s list every semester, and I knew … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRachel Demp – Seeing what I was really made of in the Southwestern Internship

Liz Miedema – Worried you won’t sell anything? It happened to me.

Liz Miedema – Grand Valley State University I learned so much that summer about myself and the power that I had within me to do things I didn’t think were possible. I gained confidence in myself and felt valued by the people I worked with. I discovered that it didn’t matter how much I sold or how I did, they … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLiz Miedema – Worried you won’t sell anything? It happened to me.

Heather Miedema – A High School Senior Takes on a Southwestern Internship

Heather Miedema – Grand Valley State University I heard about the Southwestern Internship when I was a Sr. in High School. My cousin had just finished working her first summer in Minnesota and she told me about it. But it wasn’t just the things she told me about the job that caught my attention, I noticed that she was a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageHeather Miedema – A High School Senior Takes on a Southwestern Internship

Ashley Zandbergen – Growth and perspective

Ashley Zandbergen – Grand Valley State University My recruitment was a little unorthodox . I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage when my twin sister first participated. I thought she was crazy at first when she said she would be moving to Minnesota for the entire summer to sell books to families! Then, as she was telling me about it, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAshley Zandbergen – Growth and perspective

Jennifer Miedema – Controlling the controllables and letting go of the rest

Jennifer Miedema – Grand Valley State University When I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer internship, I remember thinking, “Who would EVER want to do this?” I mean, the results of the summer sounded great ($8,000, Resume building, Sales experience, Personal growth, etc), but… No guarantee of making money? Working 14 hours a day? Approaching people in their homes? Moving to … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJennifer Miedema – Controlling the controllables and letting go of the rest