Zhian Mostofi – The family internship

Southwestern Advantage, where to begin? For me this internship has been around for a while. 6 years before I was ready to take on the challenge, my oldest sister sold books for two years then my middle sister, which is heading into her 5th summer. Both top first years, coming back after each summer glittering with outstanding growth and a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageZhian Mostofi – The family internship

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

Nicole Theissen – Keep Knocking

A sweet and short summer job, with a lot of money and some cool people and new places – HA, little did I know. I am a sophomore at the University of Bridgeport in the USA, studying International Political economy and diplomacy. Growing up in a German Mennonite Colony in South America, Paraguay I soon learned the importance of seeing … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNicole Theissen – Keep Knocking

Jackson Chao – The Light Bulb that Changed my Life

Throughout high school and my first few years in University, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I was drifting around like a lost balloon in the wind, went wherever was safe and settled for whatever was convenient. I joined clubs but rarely showed up, I got good marks in school but it wasn’t the best. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJackson Chao – The Light Bulb that Changed my Life

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!

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

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

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


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!

Robyn Lee – The simple formula

Robyn Lee – UCLA When I sat in my information session on campus, I thought I had Southwestern Advantage figured out. I was a big skeptic of the program at UCLA, but I was a sophomore in school, with summer school and working for my parents’ small businesses being the only things on my resume. It was a wonder that … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobyn Lee – The simple formula