Ben Colledge

Hi my name is Ben Colledge, I’m a junior at Western New England University in Springfield Massachusetts. This is my third year with YEAA. My first year as a branch manager I ran a $130,000 business in sales and earned about $25,000 in profit. I think what inspired me to join was seeing my best friend my first year run his business. He went from an average person to being an exceptional individual. I knew that this was more than just a regular internship and something that I wanted to learn more about. I think for people who are interested in learning about it or if it’s right for them, you don’t know until you try, so you might as well get at it and see what you can get out of it. For me, I got out of it that you can do a lot more than you thought you could originally and you just have to keep trying. Another thing for people who are trying to get out there in the real world, this is a great internship to step your foot in the door because there’s a lot of history with this internship that people have stepped out into many fields all over. You can make connections that way. A third one is you get to be surrounded by 30 to 40 other likeminded individuals that are all striving to push themselves to be better. The last one is not only the experience you can have with learning from other people and dedicated mentors, but you also get to learn how to actually run your own business and make some profit off of that. Like I said, you don’t know until you try.