Pros: mentors, environment, other interns, good pay, money extension (draws), learn business, true internship, relatable to all fields, life lessons learned
Cons: time consuming, emotional roller coaster, high stress levels (on avg)
College Works Painting (CWP) is not an internship for the feint of heart. It is not going to be easy, and it is not going to be a picnic. It will, however, be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
You will have the opportunity to start your own business from scratch, but without all of the liability and struggle of building your own brand. CWP has built a multi-million dollar painting company over the years, and through this internship they are literally handing you that model. All of the keys to success are given to you, but it takes a person who is willing to work hard, persevere, and go out of their comfort zone in order to be truly successful.
On the surface, CWP looks like a sales internship, but do not let this scare you away. Yes, you will be doing door-to-door marketing. Yes, you will be calling your lead. Yes, you will be going to people's homes and doing estimates. But, that is just the surface of what you will be doing.
You are going manage marketers and painters as well. You will be responsible for doing screenings, interviews, hiring, training, managing, and paying your employees. Purchasing all needed supplies (on account) for your job sites and making sure that your employees are happy.
You will learn the true meaning of balance as juggling the expectations of your parents, significant others, DM, homeowners, and employees becomes second nature. Do not worry though, as you will have time for friends, family, and hanging out. 24 hours is a lot of time, and this internship will help define those tasks that are priority.
CWP will give you what – more... you put into it. It sounds cliche, but it is the cold hard truth. This internship is designed to give students the opportunity to have a tangible experience that builds leaders for tomorrow. You will not be pushing papers, getting coffees, or doing data entry. You are going to learn skills that you will use for the rest of your life whether you are a business major, entrepreneur, or art major. Everyone can benefit from learning how to run a business successfully.
The most enjoyable part of the internship is two-fold: work related and summer fun related.
- Work Related: Design consultation meetings are the most fun out of everything else. This is where you will meet with homeowners who have already booked with you. This means there is no pressure, no sales pitch. Just you and the homeowners really getting to know one another. This is where I personally had meals with homeowners, got life and business advice, and hung out with the kids. The work part of this is colors are picked, expectations are set, and dates are picked.
- Fun Related: CWP makes sure fun is mixed in as well. Our group went high speed go-kart racing, played broomstick ball, hicked a creek to a waterfall, played paintball, went to an in-door trampoline event, and much more. These events are awesome and really bring the group of interns together as a whole. – less