Southwestern Company Named Top Intern Employer for 2010 by CollegeGrad.com

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Southwestern Company ranks as 2010 Top Intern Employer according to CollegeGrad.com

In an annual survey, CollegeGrad.com polls employers about the number of interns they plan to recruit, typically for the summer months. For 2010, Southwestern Company moved into the #1 position, up from #2 in 2009. Southwestern projects 2,750 interns from nearly 350 college and university campuses in North America and Europe.

Southwestern Company and the rest of the companies making the top ten are profiled on Forbes.com and featured in an accompanying article, “U.S. Companies That Hire the Most Interns.”

CollegeGrad.com’s Top 10 for 2010:

1.    Southwestern Company, 2,750 interns
2.    General Electric, 2,400
3.    PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2,041
4.    KPMG, 1,600
5.    Ernst & Young, 1,571
6.    Lockheed Martin, 1,493
7.    Target Corporation, 1,200
8.    Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1,000
9.    Northrop Grumman, 1,000
10.    University Directories, 750

These companies cover a diverse range of industries, offering college students a variety of learning experiences. By participating in the summer internship with Southwestern Company, students are able to directly apply the life skills they will learn immediately after graduation to their future career in addition to making money to offset their educational expenses.

Compared to the other internship opportunities on the list, Southwestern Company is somewhat non-traditional. The college students run their own business using the direct selling business model, putting their legs to work by personally visiting families in their home to generate a customer base who may have a need for Southwestern Company’s educational products.

Established in 1855 in Nashville, TN, Southwestern Company is the oldest direct selling company in the U.S. The student internship program began in 1868. Southwestern Company is the core company of over a dozen companies that have sprung from the talent developed from the ranks of the interns. The sales-driven industries include: finance and investments, insurance, publishing, fundraising, consulting, fine art, executive search and other direct selling initiatives. For more information on Southwestern’s internship program, visit http://www.southwesterninternship.com. To learn about Southwestern Company, see http://www.southwestern.com.

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