New England Division
I began my journey with Young Entrepreneurs during my first year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Cate Latting, a student executive at the time, came into my physics lecture in February of 2020 and announced an internship opportunity: run your own business and earn around $15,000 throughout the summer. I thought it sounded too good to be true, but I put my name and number down on her clipboard, wanting to learn more. Later that evening, I received a phone call, which led to an information session, then an interview, and soon enough, I was running my own profitable business! I was hungry for a challenge that would set me apart from all the other students, as I would be graduating from the same major with the same grades and applying for the same jobs as all the other students in my class. I am a student executive three years later, and I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity. In my first year as a branch manager, I worked out of Tyngsboro, MA, produced $80,000, personally earned $16,000, and employed 15 students throughout the summer. I led my team of painters full-time and learned accountability, marketing and sales, and leadership skills. I got to network with a fantastic group of like-minded, hardworking achievers I now consider family. The culture of the company and the opportunities YEAA provides are so outstanding. Between the support and mentorship, the belief they put into you, and the value of experiential learning, this internship is unmatched. I am excited to be returning as an executive and have the chance to coach other students who want to grow personally and professionally, challenge themselves, and set themselves apart.