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AroundCampus Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
221 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 14 reviews)

  • The training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Long Hours: You are required to work 40 hours per week (in 25 reviews)

  • In the area I was in it was hard to sell because the product isn't as well known (in 11 reviews)

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    Awesome Sales Experience

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Cedar Falls, IA
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Cedar Falls, IA

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working for AroundCampus is the experience and relationships you gain throughout the summer. AroundCampus provides college students with a nationally recognized sales training program that help prepare them for a career in sales. The experience you gain throughout the summer is priceless. I went from an average college students with an average resume to a college student that is being contacted by about two recruiters every week. AroundCampus has set me up to have a very successful career in sales.

    Cons

    I believe the only people who see negative things in the AroundCampus internship are people who do not succeed in sales. Yes, sales is tough, especially door-to-door cold calling. There will be some days where you won't come close to closing a sale but it is all worth it in the end. You have to be committed, organized, passionate, and patient if you want to be a successful sales rep for AroundCampus.

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    Toughest Internship Out There...but Beyond Worth It

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extensive training in Chapel Hill, NC. As a marketing major, I learned more during this week than in most of my classes.
    I set my own schedule. Management comes to town weekly to provide coaching but I'm allowed the freedom to go out and schedule my own meetings and be my own boss.
    I wasn't left on my own, though, after training because I could call my manager anytime (day or night) and he helped me out.
    Really useful getting to meet different business owners and get to know how they run their businesses.
    Daily webinar with the president of the company.
    The Career Partners reaching out with job opportunities (or if you find a job with someone else your manager will help you get a job)

    Cons

    Rejection is tough...I had to meet with businesses 5-6 times before they would say yes.
    When I heard my sales goal, it seemed impossible...but once we broke it down among my teammates and the days/weeks of the summer...it became clear just how possible it was.
    All of the career partners are sales jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Life Changing Opportunity!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -network with local business in your campus community
    -learn the resposibilities and gain knowledge of operating a local business
    -real world experience that you cannot get anywhere else
    -learn how to become a salesperson and gain marketing skills
    -immense personal growth through this internship, regardless of success
    -strong community and support system built within team work
    -paid internship, guaranteed salary and beyond this is up to you how much you make (based on sales)
    -you can control how much time (i.e. success) you want to put into the summer

    Cons

    -challenging and demanding at times
    -emotional highs and lows of the sales process
    -requires strong organization skills, strategy, persistence, and personability
    -sales is not always a natural process for all, can be much harder for others

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Incredible Internship Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Slippery Rock, PA
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Slippery Rock, PA

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot from training
    Great job experience
    Received a lot of help/encouragment from management
    Looks great on a resume

    Cons

    Internship, not a lot of pay
    Sometimes its a tough sell and you need to stay motivated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Internship Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great learning opportunity, and a great atmosphere makes this a top place for someone who is interested in getting into sales and needs some experience.

    Cons

    Some of the tasks can be a little mundane sometimes. However, you are essentially helping out the bigger executives to make money so whatever you do is really important to the company.

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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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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    Positive Outlook
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  8. 2 people 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 (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity

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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 (more than an 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 (less than an 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
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    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 (less than an 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!

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