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Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
205 Reviews
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Pros
  • You really learn a lot about yourself and how hard you work because this is the whole internship (in 12 reviews)

  • The training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance, you're expected to put in long hours (in 20 reviews)

  • Hard hard hard job, basically no pay, advertising is outdated and hard to sell (in 10 reviews)

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    How to get a competitive edge over your peers

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The AroundCampus Group offers many pros with their 12 week outside sales internship. Here is a breakdown from someone who just completed the internship.

    Training: You cannot be expected to do something well without first being given proper training. The AroundCampus Group flies 750 interns down to UNC Chapel Hill at the beginning of summer. You spend 6 days learning the steps of the sale from high energy staff and regional managers. They give you all of the necessary resources to ensure you learn the product, how to build rapport, present the material, refute objections and close down the sale. You get great meals each day, housing, and the opportunity to bond with your sales team, region, and the entire nation of sales interns! It's a great way to start the summer.

    Support: Throughout the entire summer I had the support of upper management, and sales interns alike. Each day starts off with a 15-30 minute webinar with the President, John O'Brien! He gives us some encouraging words, analyzes current trends in the industry and finally, recognizes top reps for their hard work and success each day, 5 days a week, for the entire length of your internship. They encourage you to talk to them directly and they are very easy to get a hold of throughout the entire experience. How many interns can say they talk to their senior management on a daily basis?

    Apart from senior management, My Regional Manager, as well as my Area Sales Manager were in contact with us on a daily basis as well. During the first few weeks they went on sales calls with us to help critique or strengths and to help us improve our weaknesses. This was crucial because we were able to take what we learned in training and apply it with the help of a professional who had completed the internship in the past. Our managers would rotate between each market and help us about once every week or two.

     Finally, the interns were all very supportive in my region. We used GroupMe to stay in contact with one and another. It was super helpful because we could continuously bounce ideas off of one another. You truly are supported by everyone in the company at all levels throughout your experience.

    Real World Experience: You are selling multi-media advertising. This is a real product that you are selling to real businesses. You learn a wide variety of skills including cold calling, building rapport, presentation skills, combating objections, communication, time management, marketing and advertising, servicing accounts and much more. This is everything that employers are looking for in marketing and sales, as well as many other career paths.

    Paid Internship: You are paid to do this. Most companies will give you an internship and tell you that the experience that you get is worth more than any amount that they would pay you, and they don't pay you. AroundCampus Group not only gives you a wealth of experience, but also helps you pay rent during the summer. You are given an advanced draw against commission payment of $200/week. This is still a really good rate for a summer internship. You are also able to make 15% commission on collected sales after making up your draw payments. Management also has many sales promotions and contests for the interns. You can win gift cards, TVs, Tablets and other cool electronics for your success. They also have some sales contests that can allow you to receive extra bonuses. My team won an extra $1000 over the course of summer for working effectively. If you are highly motivated and determined, you can expect to make a solid amount of money during the summer.

    Employment Opportunities: The AroundCampus Group has over 20 business partners with companies like ADP, Tom James Company, AT&T, Enterprise, Tek Systems, Edward Jones Etc. These companies want to and end up hiring many interns each summer upon completion of the internship. The AroundCampus Group gives you the experience you need and the necessary connections to land a solid sales and marketing job by the end of the summer!

    Cons

    This job is not for everyone. They tell you that the whole way through and try to be as clear as possible on that during the interviewing process. Keep in mind that any of these cons can be overcome with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Negativity is your biggest enemy. Avoid it.

    Self Starter: You have to be able to work independently throughout the course of the summer. Management will be there to help you but you don't have someone babying you through the entire process. You need to accept responsibility and be able to motivate yourself. Some people cannot handle that.

    Long Hours: You are required to work 40 hours per week. Often times I spent 50-60, especially during the first few weeks. Some people do not see the value in this. Sales requires more work than a lot of other career paths. It can seem like too much at times but in the end it is worth it.

    Rejection: Sales requires people who are mentally and emotionally strong. You WILL receive rejections and objections. This does not mean that you won't succeed. Sales requires a thick skinned person who is not easily offended and discouraged when they hear no multiple times per day. There were many days that I did not get any sales at all. You just have to stay positive and work through the bad times to get to the good times.

    These are all typical cons of a sales job. The company offers many promotions and prizes, as well as a hotline and continuous support to help you overcome all of these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. I have never had a more positive experience with management. You have an excellent program and I know I will be reaping the benefits from this experience in the near future.

    My only advice is to keep NetSuite Consistent. Most categories were unorganized and had different totals. This is being nit picky.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regional Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AroundCampus full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very hands on lots and lots of real world experiences for young people. Great internship, great company, I would do it all over in a second!

    Cons

    Feeling over never having an ending point in a task. It however is a great challenge at the same time.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at AroundCampus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - lots of responsibility
    - great company culture
    - management cares about every employee and works hard to keep a ongoing learning environment
    - lots of travel under the companies dime
    - opportunities to move up in management
    - young managers get to recruit, hire, train, and manage multiple college interns

    Cons

    - non stop working
    - every one is young
    - needs more innovative products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - look into innovative, new, and fresh ideas

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    loved it

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    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader/Sales  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader/Sales in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    hard work good experience. Great resume builder and management gives awesome feedback. Loved the atmosphere and training was a blast!

    Cons

    hard work, long days, a lot of driving. Yet all still worth the experience. Great on a resume and puts you ahead of your peers.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    University Directories Reviews

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ames, IA

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Voted the #1 collegiate media company in the nation, I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in building relationships, learning to challenge their limits, and is ready to take the next step in their career path. University Directories not only provides a great sales foundation academy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for interns across the country, but they provide EXCELLENT management that continues to mentor and push you during the entire summer. As a college senior, I have so many valuable life lessons to take away from this internship and am already being reached out to by partners of the company for full-time positions after graduation. If you want to work at a place that is going to not only help you find a job, but continue to care about you as an individual, University Directories is the way to go! You'll take nothing but memorable experiences, close relationships, and skills you can use to enhance your daily lifestyle!

    Cons

    The only thing I would change about the internship is getting to know more people from other reasons. Although we had a close-knitted region, I feel people should be given more time to talk with others at training about different cultures and seeing if they would be interested in looking at employment outside of their comfort zones!

    Recommends
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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern

    Pros

    Incredible Experience, Challenging, Will get you out of your comfort zone and give you skills you can use.

    Cons

    Understanding that it takes time to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience! Great Leaders! Hard Work! Big Job Opportunities! Outstanding Internship

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    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader/Intern Sales Representative  in  Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader/Intern Sales Representative in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Management
    Hands on
    Experience
    Great references
    Resume Booster
    Tons of connections in your town
    Future job opportunities are endless
    Meet hundreds of business owners in your town
    you will be offered so many jobs!
    Great Family like business atmosphere!

    Cons

    Hard work!
    Long hours!
    Have to learn to be organized
    Mediocre pay but at least its payed whereas some internships aren't
    Need a car with good gas mileage!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Love the encouragement and the ride alongs

    Recommends
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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fullfilling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AroundCampus

    Pros

    If you put in the effort, you will get hooked up with post grad jobs, plain and simple.
    You learn about yourself and foster great new skills/

    Cons

    You have to really work your ass off, sometimes things can be confusing and not all that transparent with regards to how you conduct yourself.

    Recommends
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  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity!!!

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at AroundCampus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great company culture
    -Strong ethics and values
    -Management is very accessible
    -Challenged to do our best work
    -Motivating enviornment
    -Promotion/Advancement Opportunities within 1-2 years
    -Have the ability to impact and shape the future of college students
    -Opportunities to travel the United States

    Cons

    This is not an 8-5 job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. You make UD a great place to work at!

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  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tons of Growth & Networking Opportunities!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Manager  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at AroundCampus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Positive & Fun Company Culture--Fast-paced, Goal-oriented
    -Promotional opportunities within 1-2 years
    -Actively challenges young professionals into leaders
    -Above average salary plus bonuses
    -Travel opportunities
    -Wide network of professional relationships
    -Constantly growing & seeking new opportunities

    Cons

    -Required to move to NC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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