I got involved with student painters from a class talk. Someone came into one of my lecture classes at the beginning of my sophomore year and talked for about 10-15 minutes about the internship and then handed out cards to fill out with our name and email if we were interested, which I was. I don’t remember the exact process after that, but I went through three different interviews and ended up being offered the position and accepting the offer a week or two later. Just to talk about a few of the experiences I had throughout the summer, I got to meet lots of great customers and others who were much more challenging. I got closer with friends and got to see who really supported me in the process and who didn’t believe in me and what I was doing. Hiring painters and learning to fire them and lead them successfully was a great learning experience as well as learning to handle customer complaints, reasonable and unreasonable. I learned how to market and what worked and what didn’t. I learned how to better manage my time, how to prioritize daily tasks, and learning what I can realistically get done in a day and what I need to save for later in the week. Communication and discipline would be my two most important skills for this internship because you must communicate with customers, potential customers, painters, mentors, and more. Discipline is extremely important because you must be able to set goals and stick to those and your plans and what you set out to do. My revenue finished right at 80K, and my income was around 18%, around 13-15K.
I think this internship is a great opportunity like no other to get real-world experience running a business and is unlike any other internship out there. They give you the tools and teaching to be successful while allowing you the autonomy to make your own decisions and run the business with your own variations. You get to meet great people in and out of the company, and I think the connections you make within the company can be great because it is all like-minded individuals looking to be entrepreneurs in today’s world. My advice would be to make connections and build relationships as that is something you’ll remember and something that will far outlast your time in the company. Lastly, I think anyone can benefit from this internship regardless of their major because of the leadership, life experiences, communication, and interpersonal skills that you develop to ultimately help you be successful throughout your entire life.