University of Notre Dame

Justin Yoder

It can be difficult to picture yourself running your own business. I know it was for me. Hiring and managing employees, marketing, selling jobs, and producing those jobs to a customer's satisfaction seems like a lot to take on for a college student. But the best way to learn how to run a business is to actually do it. Textbooks and classrooms won't have the impact that real-world experience will. I had lots of questions throughout the whole process but my executives were always there for me. With their help, I was able to run a very successful business as a sophomore in college, and not many people can say that. I am now much more confident in my ability to manage others and work with customers, and I know that this experience has given me a distinct advantage in my future internship and job searches. I am grateful to Young Entrepreneurs Across America for giving me this opportunity, and to my executives at Student Painters because none of this would have been possible without them!

Amanda Chamblee

Running your own business is an enormous undertaking that, for a college student, may seem nearly impossible. It requires a lot of time, commitment, and drive to succeed that not everybody has, and the freedom of choice, decision-making, and accountability that everyone wants in an internship. When I first heard about Student Painters and learned about the details of the internship, I was blown away by the opportunity. I initially applied because I liked the amount of control I would have as a manager and the opportunity to see how my hard work would directly influence the success of my business. Looking back at my summer, I can see how much I’ve grown in experience over the past few months. From conducting interviews to hiring and managing employees and dealing with customers, Young Entrepreneurs Across America has given me experiences that most of my peers do not have; as well as a confidence in my skills and abilities that will help me obtain even greater endeavors in the future. Thanks YEAA for this wonderful opportunity to put myself ahead of the rest!