As a Business Development Intern, I have been treated like a real member of the APEX team. One of my best experiences from APEX was helping gather information, and prepare documents for an RFI that was due within a tight deadline. Collaborating with my co-workers to collect information about a site in our region was definitely a highlight of my internship. Another highlight was attending community business retention and expansion meetings, along with the APEX board meeting. While attending these events, I was able to speak with a variety of community leaders and observed different business initiatives. This opened my eyes to how business development takes an entire community to achieve success.
Within my first week as a Business Development Intern I was assigned a project to attract business owners to bring a piece of their business to the Bayfield County region. This project has required me to do a lot of research and has given me the experience of working with community development leaders.
APEX has provided me with experiences that I have not received in my previous internships. They made me a relied upon member of the team, which has given me confidence as I continue on with my career. I was constantly encouraged to ask questions and to bring my own creative ideas to the table. This kind of creative freedom is something that I have not experienced in any other workplace. This atmosphere has motivated me to do the best that I can for my co-workers, the company, and for the betterment of the region. The experiences that APEX has given me will certainly help foster my career in business.