Pros: high earning potential, invaluable real-world experience, amazing culture/co-workers, high levels of independence & personal accountability
Cons: difficult program, long hours, paid on back end
The College Works Painting internship was easily one of biggest challenges I have ever faced. As a sophomore in college leaning toward a business degree, I was looking for an experience that would expose my weaknesses as well as develop upon my inherent strengths. As a three-sport athlete in high school and having held a part-time job since the age – more... of 14 (average of 20 hrs/week), you could say that an above average work ethic was built into my DNA. This was tested every day throughout the course of the internship. Being 100% responsible for the direct marketing, sales, and customer satisfaction of a small business was a true test of self accountability and personal responsibility.
Through the program I learned a wide rang of skills that are directly applicable to everything I am involved with today - outstanding organizational, time management and communication skills are a few of the many that were cultivated in this internship. As a senior in college (being the General Manager of the Minnesota division, taking 15-credits and managing a social life) these skills have helped me to a live a balanced life. The work hard, play hard mentality that the company coaches has become a personal value I live by every single week. Skill sets aside; the biggest thing that one can expect to gain is a self-confidence level that will surprise most that are determined enough to see this experience through to its completion.
Now don't think that I didn't have my own mountain of challenges to face here, because I did. But I assure you that the difficulties and set-backs experienced in this program are nothing in comparison to the perspective that is gained. This program is not for the weak at heart, but then again, is there anything actually worth attaining that is? I can promise that anyone who has the mental toughness and perseverance to complete this program will be happy in the end that they did. I highly suggest this internship to anyone looking to challenge themselves as a leader and looking to push the limits of what is personally possible. – less