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College Works Painting provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for college students while they are on summer break from classes to challenge themselves and run their very own business.
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College Student Painters

College Works Painting provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for college students while they are on summer break from classes to challenge themselves and run their very own painting business.

With College Works Painting, you'll be trained in the tricks of the trade of owning a business, experience you can take with you into any prospective career. It's not only a seasonal summer job. The real life skill you obtain running a business during a summer season of demanding responsibilities will lay the groundwork for a lot of future successes.

Since 1993 College Works has been in the business of providing extraordinary training in leadership and management to college student entrepreneurs by way of real-world work experiences. We are aware, that as a responsible student, your foremost priority is your education, and College Work's training course has been tailored for college students during the time they are in class. As an example, a student's obligation in the spring semester is similar to being an active member of student council or participating in a varsity or Division I or II team sport, or employed in a demanding part-time position. We truly prefer students who are able to deal with the demands of the job: of the more than 25,000 college students who apply for the internship, we decide on just 2,500 to be selected to manage a crew.


We Work

Exciting and rewarding? Yes. All fun and games? Hardly. Pass a rigorous interview process and you’ll be fully trained on how to manage your very own painting business. The pay-off? Real-world experience they don’t teach in school. You’ll challenge yourself and your crews. You’ll have the chance to earn excellent money. You’ll work hard and play hard. And come college graduation, you’ll have a big advantage when you hit the job market, bringing skills and a proven résumé others simply don’t have.
What’s it like with College Works Painting? It’s like a major send-off for success in life.

What It’s Like

Concerned about your lack of experience? Maybe a bit intimidated? Don’t be. Few College Works Painting candidates have had any management experience. That is what we teach. Rest assured, if you possess the desire, background, work ethic, outgoing personality and drive to succeed, you’ll fit right in as one of our interns, and go far with us.

Adventure and Fun

At College Works Painting we believe in preparing our Student Interns for life and business, and we believe the old adage that those who “Work Hard should Play Hard” too. As such, since we know how hard you will be working, we want you to know how much fun can be had as well.



College Works Painting Interns are chosen based on a strict process involving three face-to-face interviews with various company representatives. Not all college students are capable of the responsibilities involved in working a summer with College Works Painting. To make sure we only select the best, most motivated candidates to join our program, we’ll carefully consider your work experience, academic performance, involvement in high school and college activities, along with many personal factors.


Training Process

Once you’ve been selected for our Intern Program, you can look forward to extensive training–in the classroom, and in the field with one of our district managers–to prepare you for your upcoming College Works Painting experience.

Classroom Manager Training

Classroom-style instruction with small group role-plays. All fundamentals are covered. Extensive question-and-answer sessions

Field-Training with District Manager

Your DM teaches you how to apply what you learned in training. Every time you do something new, your DM helps you.

District Manager Support

Strong and structured mentorship, in-field training and supervised learning. You will work closely with your District Manager all Spring and Summer. Expect formal meetings every week and drop in attention a few times per week. Weekly phone calls for progress updates, goal setting, and additional training. Calls continue throughout the program.

Paint Training

Learn to paint houses with a DM and other members of your team. Emphasis is on jobsite management.

Production Training

Training before summer. Thorough review of management techniques and production management.

Payroll Fridays

Company-wide meeting every two weeks to turn in customer checks and paperwork. Two hour training led by Vice President and by successful interns.


Management Training

Next, we’ll teach you exactly how to craft and implement a marketing program, make sales, estimate projects, work with customers, plus recruit, hire, and train employees. In short, you’ll learn all aspects of running a small business.

Our carefully designed training program provides one of the best proving grounds available, where you’ll be challenged to test your limits in a real managerial role. Once you’re done, you’ll be fully prepared to go out and achieve the personal and professional growth necessary for success in today’s competitive world.


District Manager

Pass the College Works Painting training program and you’ll be expected to perform and produce like the true entrepreneur you are. But you won’t be out there alone. You’ll continue to work closely with your district manager, who will provide strong and structured mentorship, ongoing in-field training, and supervised learning.


Earning Potential

How much money can I make? It depends entirely on how profitably you run your College Works Painting business, not the number of hours you work. But the following chart will give you a better idea.

The average profit percentage on an average job is 20%. In addition, because College Works Painting is committed to recognizing excellence, you could also receive periodic bonuses for exceptional performance. All bonuses are awarded at the discretion of management and are cumulative. This is the real world. However, we are a fair-minded company and are not shy about recognizing great work by employees. Compensation structure may vary from state to state. Your commissions will vary upward or downward depending on how well you conduct estimates and manage costs.


Transferable Skills

Sometimes referred to as soft skills, transferable skills are the critical strengths, talents, qualities, and personable attributes that go beyond the job specific skills that you are gaining in your academic classes. During your internship, you will gain many of these skills that employers are looking for, including verbal and written communication skills, a strong work ethic, the ability to work in a team, leadership, initiative, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal skills. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, these are the transferable skills most desired by employers.



When your internship is over, the opportunities are just beginning!
As you might expect, College Works Painting alumni are extremely successful; and many own or run large companies. As an intern you’ll have a chance to meet and learn from some of them. As one of our program graduates, you’ll gain instant access to a select referral program to help you with your job search after graduation. Click here to check out our alumni.