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4.4 of 5 stars (158 Ratings)

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College Works Painting Internship

5.0 of 5 stars

Eau Claire, WI | October 2017 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

This internship is hard as hell, but the challenge is exactly what sets you apart from others. What you put into it is what you get out of it. I learned more transferable skills than any other internship can teach you because no other internship is going to offer you this much freedom and responsibility to run things the way you want to. I am 21 years old and I ran a $79,000 business; worked with 25 clients that I personally booked; recruited, hired, And trained 12 employees; recieved 8 stellar reference letters to include with my resume; and made $13,800 over the past 6 months. What other college students leave school with those kind of real-world skills?

Downers

Like I said, this internship is what you put into it which is why for some people this internship is not a good fit. Some people who were hired with me complain about this internship because when the going got tough, they gave up or made excuses. But that's exactly why if you have a strong work ethic and grit, this internship WILL set you apart. I worked a ton so be prepared to dedicate all of your time to this in the Summer. It was about 20 hours a week in the spring semester and I worked about 85 hours a week in the Summer. Personally I don't have more than 2 friends that I think could have successfully done this internship because of the dedication it takes and the amount of problems you can encounter (such as spilling paint everywhere, having employees call in sick when you have no backup, having a crabby client who thinks painting their house will magically make it look like brand new boards, having the paint store somehow run out of paint, going over budget on a job, etc.) You will encounter a lot of problems but it really helped me become successful at problem solving, stress management, and time management.

Comments

I gained an enormous amount of confidence through this experience and I would not trade it for anything.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Review from an owner.

4.0 of 5 stars

Eagan, MN | October 2017 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

The diversity of the program is what I would consider to be the best aspect of the program. When picking a work place there are many things to consider from location, pay, flexibility, culture, experience, and many more. This program is able to customize all of those. For me personality it was the experience, I did the program as a freshmen and because I did the internship young I was able to compound my experience the next three years in school and graduate with multiple job offers including six figure opportunities.

Downers

To everything there is an opportunity cost. Spending time doing this takes away from being able to do something such as travel to a third world country and volunteer. I personally get fulfillment from giving back but in order to set up myself to be a leader I want to be for my future family working is important. Because this is a what you put into it is what you get out of it this is not a program you can do while also spending half the summer in a different country which can be rewarding while in college.

Comments

Ask for help and advice even when you do not have questions. Ask yourself...well if I did have a question, what would it be? Never be afraid to reach out, your superiors want you to do well! Just like the students that spend the most time learning and figuring out the information in office hours it is the same here. The most successful interns are not just the ones who are the most talented but discipline and eager to improve.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Extremely challenging would not recommend

2.0 of 5 stars

11742, NY | October 2017 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

The program gave me the opportunity to learn how to run my own business which no other internship gave me that much responsibility
.

Downers

Dedicated to much time to the program in the spring causing me to fall behind on class. Summer time was working close to 60+ hours a week sometimes having to actually paint myself. Company also has you go door to door which is very challenging to get results from.

Comments

Do your research there are easier internships that you can find that can help just as much as CWP did. I would not say I regret doing the program, but I would not do it again.

Would You Recommend

No

Challenging, Life-changing, More than an Internship

5.0 of 5 stars

Denver, CO | October 2017 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

I have never seen more growth in myself in a 6 month program. In sales, communications, and leadership. Also, my confidence in what I can and will accomplish in the future has grown amazingly. This was a great experience, and I will remember the life lessons and people forever.

Downers

Time management and long work days. Worth all of it in the end.

Comments

It's daunting, challenging, and demanding. But, this is for driven and ambitious college students who want to set themselves apart from others. There is no comfort in growth, and no growth in comfort.

Would You Recommend

Yes

A Life Changing Experience, not an Internship

4.8 of 5 stars

Detroit, MI | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The culture and people I get to work with. And the crazy amount of responsibility I had.

Downers

Long Hours with stressful days. And some small aspects of the job that aren't fun, like cold calling

Advice to Potential Interns

If you want a basic internship in an office setting this is NOT for you. This is a wild rollercoaster ride where you will be in charge of every aspect of your branch of a business. The highs are higher than you can imagine, but that means the lows are very tough. That is what I loved the most and why it changed me as a person so much.

Advice to Management

A more organized process to the training. Things often times were last minute.

Sample Interview Questions

What is the most challenging endeavor you have chosen to take on?
What have you done in your past that you feel separates you from your peer group?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Best Internship You Can Do

4.8 of 5 stars

Lansing, MI | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Money (made $19,000 in a summer)
Friendships (badasses)
Learning how to sell
Working one on one with someone who was an intern within the last 2 years (the DM)
Trips (Chicago several times, Windsor, Golfing etc)

Downers

There are no cons to this internship if you don't complain.

Advice to Potential Interns

This internship is perfect for someone who doesnt know exactly what they want to do career wise. Theres so many different industries you can experience (HR, Sales, Accounting, Project Management). Highly recommended for anyone who likes a challenge. This is not for the type of person that is fragile and weak, this is for the kind of person that can deal with adversity, has strong emotions and passion but does not let those emotions get the best of them. You won't do well if you can't handle rejection. This internship will teach you so many more life lessons than you could learn anywhere else.

Advice to Management

Overall a well managed internship. Just make sure people know what they are getting into. I would say half the people quit because they didn't realize they would have to work hard and almost always be out of their comfort zone. A lot of people cant handle that.

Sample Interview Questions

What leadership roles did you have in the past?

How many hours did you work last summer?

Why should you be allowed/trusted to handle 10s if not 100s of thousands of dollars.

Would You Recommend

Yes

College Works changed my life

5.0 of 5 stars

Lansing, MI | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Skill development, schedule flexibility, compensation, company culture.

Downers

The work load was a lot to handle at times. This never held me back.

Advice to Potential Interns

I would recommend the College Works internship to anyone. If you are willing to step outside of your comfort zone and create a bright future for yourself this is definitely for you.

Advice to Management

More training could never hurt

Sample Interview Questions

Are you willing to experience the hardest summer of your life?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Challenging and Different

5.0 of 5 stars

Madison, WI | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Personal growth

Downers

Time management

Advice to Potential Interns

Please consider if you are actually a hard worker, or just imagine yourself as one, before taking this on

Advice to Management

Continue to give students as much hands on teaching as their schedules allow

Sample Interview Questions

Why would you be a good fit?
How could you benefit from running a business?
Why are you coachable?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Work Hard Play Hard

5.0 of 5 stars

Minneapolis, MN | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Professional development, stepping out of comfort zone, self motivation, flexible hours

Downers

Takes awhile to profit

Advice to Potential Interns

The hardest thing that I've ever done and the most rewarding by far. The company events every two weeks are a huge highlight

Advice to Management

Quicker profit

Sample Interview Questions

Why do you think you'd be successful at this internship

Would You Recommend

Yes

I learned more during this internship than I ever learned in a classroom

4.9 of 5 stars

Pittsburgh, PA | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

I had a lot of responsibility and was allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.

Downers

Tough to get started, have to learn and develop yourself a lot before you can be successful

Advice to Potential Interns

If you are willing to work hard and follow the system you will be very successful

Advice to Management

Focus on production in early season (March, April, May.) more produced = more sold

Would You Recommend

Yes

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