Ben Anderson got to apply his statistical and analytical skills from his major as well as spend some time in the sky during his summer internship at Southwest. Learn more about how his internship was challenging and meaningful.
What did you do for your internship?
My internship at Southwest was amazing. I was concerned that I might not get the opportunity to work on meaningful projects and apply my studies but I was wrong. It was an amazing opportunity and I got to work with some of the best people. The work was challenging and meaningful. Working at Southwest has its perks, including free flights. I got to see some great places this summer and experience some things I wouldn't have had the opportunity to at any other company. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested.
What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?
The most useful thing I have gained from this experience was how to take a problem and not just solve it, but present it in a way that is compelling. I learned that a good presentation has a story to it. I learned what makes a good powerpoint and what doesn't. I also learned that the most fulfilling work was when I got to apply my studies.
What professional skills did you develop in your internship?
I developed a lot of professional skills such as, how to make a powerpoint, how to interact with others, and how to build relationships at work. Southwest has a great culture and provided me with excellent opportunities. My courses prepared me for the internship by giving me some basic skills in Excel. But mainly, I learned how to take a big goal and break it down into smaller pieces. I learned how to work hard a diligently until my assignment was done. There were times throughout the internship that I got feedback from my manager on things that I could work on. I took that time to reflect and then integrate the changes into my work and I feel like my work got better after that.
Would you recommend this internship to other students?
Yes, Southwest is the best place you can intern and has a great program geared towards making you great future employees at whatever company you want.
What are your future plans?
Full-Time Employment,Graduate School,Other Internship