CLEARWATER — BusinessWeek named Lauren Berger, the Countryside High grad who bills herself as the Intern Queen, one of America's Best Young Entrepreneurs.
Culled from a list of more than 600 nominees, Berger was one of 25 finalists vying for a spot. Winners were announced Monday. Berger, who grew up in Clearwater and now lives in Los Angeles, came in fifth.
"I'm on my tour and was at Bob Evans in the middle of Tiffin, Ohio," she said Tuesday. "My intern had to call me and tell me because I couldn't get Internet. I was very excited."
Berger, 25, the subject of an Oct. 30 profile in the Clearwater Times and North Pinellas Times, completed 15 internships before she graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2006.
She has parlayed her intern status into an expanding brand that includes college speaking engagements, endorsements and an online site — internqueen.com — that boasts six-figure revenues, celebrity employers and thousands of people seeking jobs.