beHoops23 saidI'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.
Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.
But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!
The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/
Question, is this unpaid? Because I read an article not long ago (and know from experience) about how corporations are slashing jobs and bringing in unpaid interns to cut cost.
Essentially they are cutting paid positions to gain slave labor.
Nope. It is commission though. It all comes down to how hard you want to work. You could make zip (which is literally impossible... unless you don't do any work whatsoever) or you could make $45,000. Average is about $9,000 for the summer. I work my ass off though and typically make about $1,500 a week. It's good money but mostly a HUGE resume booster. Companies like that you are doing something that requires determination, persistence, and lots of hardwork (of which many college kids lack these days..)
Ahh well its paid thats a little different. See, I'm very weary of internships in general, in my experience companies love interns for a couple of reasons, you are willing to work your ass off for shit pay as long as they dangle a carrot, they don't have to train you, you usually wont complain.
Thats my experience though, it seems you acutally have a good thing going there, but please dont put the rest of us down, many of us have drive and determination, but we dont have the ability to do work that we arent getting paid for.