AMAZING peers, mentors and leaders, development of a positive mental attitude, problem solving skills, communication skills, being rewarded based on performance, and not just a hourly wage, promotion of a positive thing within a community (families' education).
In order to do really well, one must be totally devoted to the summer and be completely focused on the task at hand. It is not difficult to become homesick and with anything where compensation is performance based, there is a level of stress involved. If you trust in the training and the numbers, it ALWAYS works out in the end.
Advice to Potential Interns
Read whatever you want and then forget about it. If you can work hard, study hard and be coachable, want to have an adventure for a summer, then go for it. It is one summer out of 80 plus we wil have in our lives. A bad summer isn't the end of the world (though it seems scary), but a great summer WILL change your life for the better.
Advice to Management
The compensation is great. The hours, with respect to the type of work, are necessary to have great performance. I would say training, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how good a trainer is, but it matters whether the trainee has learned and wil apply what he or she was taught.