While some local college students have returned home for the summer to enter the local work force or take on internships, 2014 MHS grad Elizabeth Nelles has chosen to do both.
“I was sitting in an art management course one day in February, when a district manager from College Works Painting came in to the class and discussed recruiting potential applicants for an internship,” the 19-year-old UW Stevens Point sophomore explains.
As part of the internship with the Irvine, CA based company, students learn the skills necessary for starting and running their own business.
“I applied to the internship and then went through a series of seven rigorous interviews before I was accepted,” Nelles explained. “It was a long process, but well worth it.
“The goal of the internship is to teach young people like myself how to start a business with the help of the company,” she added. “We do it all from marketing and sales, to production, hiring and managing.”
As part of her work with the company, Nelles goes door to door in meeting potential customers, offers a summary of the services the company provides as well as a free estimate.
“If customers choose to book a job, I schedule a time to start, and the painters soon arrive to start the job. A key benefit for our customers is our company’s contract with a nationally recognized paint brand in Sherwin-Williams,” Nelles said. “They supply our paint and train our painters.”
Although the internship does not offer college credit, Nelles explains other incentives the opportunity offers including performance incentives.
As an example of such incentives, Nelles mentions a potential trip to Cancun with the company upon achieving a milestone of $60,000 in revenue.
The fruits of the former MHS band member’s labors has her over halfway to that goal already, just since February.
“If I reach the goal, the company pays for my flight and shares my expenses, so I am pretty excited!” she added with a laugh.
Aside from hands-on experience, Nelles describes other incentives including out of state travel for various training opportunities, company sponsored 4-star accommodations on overnight trips and advancement opportunities for interns returning for a second year.
“You can’t go very many places at 19 years old and learn how to market and manage people and a business with a business that serves 30 states,” Nelles added. “There is a ton of work involved, but also a lot of fun!”
Nelles projects her internship to end sometime this fall.
College Works Painting holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
For more information or a free estimate, contact Nelles at 715-921-0105 or 1-888-450-9675. Visit www.collegeworks.com for pictures, references and testimonials.