From a small town to a big job, Sarah Cortez is taking her passion for helping others and making a big difference as the administration intern for boj.

We got a chance to sit down with the Central Michigan University student and here’s what she said.

How did you find out about boj and what inspired you to pursue an internship with us?
I ran across boj on one day, sent in an application and researched the company. When I figured out it was founded by two female entrepreneurs, I was immediately excited! When I found out even more about the company and the roles I could play, I knew this was the space I was supposed to be in and grow in. The opportunity that I have to be exposed to a startup as an internship with boj is nothing like I have ever experienced before and has been and will continue to be such a learning process.

One of Cortez’s favorite quotes is by Steve Jobs who she has always admired: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”

Do you have any specific professional goals for the next 3 to 5 years once you’ve completed your internship?
Once I’ve graduated from CMU and finished my internship with boj, I would really like to be working for some company or startup that supports me and gives me the room to grow and expand my knowledge like boj has. I want to have the room to make a difference and I want to be challenged, fueled by passion and working my hardest. I don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, but I’m excited! A bit further down the road or maybe a lot, I would really like to create a leadership consulting firm that does formal leadership consulting for companies, groups and schools but also works and collaborates with schools and local businesses to help cultivate leadership in the next generation of leaders. I’ve seen the difference that quality ethical leaders can make in the business field and in students’ lives and I believe it’s something that needs to be implemented especially in today’s world…but for now that’s staying on my idea board, with many other startup ideas.

Any tips for others who might be thinking about internships?
My biggest tip would to be just go for it, don’t hold back. Jump into whatever internship or situation seems like it’s meant to be and when you’re there don’t forget how lucky you are, keep your eyes open and absorb every bit of opportunity you can.

Cortez likes to say that her internship with boj “fell into her lap,” and we are so grateful for where it landed!