Describe the steps you took to obtain your internship/research opportunity/fellowship.
In an economics class, I filled out a survey and then went to an informational session at the Dunlap Success Center. I interviewed, found a great fit, and obtained my internship as a freshman!
How far in advance did you prepare and begin applying for your experiential learning opportunity?
I went to class - opportunities are everywhere!
If you used any Career Center services, resources, or events to obtain your internship/research opportunity/fellowship, what were they? How did they support your application process?
I went to the informational meeting at the Dunlap and did a few interviews with a recruiter there.
Describe some of your responsibilities or duties during your experiential learning opportunity.
I basically ran my own business during the summer by executing all prospecting, sales, inventory, accounting, ordering, and delivery of a product. I also led other students to do this for the first. In addition, I developed strong communication and sales skills in the process. In the leadership program, I learned how to train and motivate other students during the internship.
What was a typical day like "on the job?"
I was up at 5:59 a.m. every morning, went to breakfast with other interns, then went to sales territory and prospect, approach, and attempted to sell to 30 families every day. I then came home, took coaching calls, and went sleep.
What are some major takeaways from your experience? How will these help prepare you for the next step after graduation?
I've learned more at this internship during the summer than I probably have in a lot of my classes in college. I have companies who give me job offers while I'm still in school, I have the ability to connect and communicate with people from all ages and backgrounds, and I also have fundamental sales and success skills for the rest of my life. I have a strong network of over 100,000 alumni and hardworking student colleagues in a variety of industries. I have the opportunity to travel all over the country and the world still being in college, and the financial means to do so as well.
Did this experience help clarify your career path? If yes, how so?
It helped me believe and build the confidence in myself to pursue my dreams and figure out who I am and my identity at the age of 22, so I get to execute my life plan faster than most people my age.
"This experience helped me build a strong network of over 100,000 alumni and hardworking student colleagues in a variety of industries."
Major: Professional Sales/Creative Writing, Class of 2019
Company/Organization: Southwestern Advantage