FROM READERS: Internship program gives college student opportunity to run painting business

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

Ryan Siegle is a student majoring in mechanical engineering. He is an intern with College Works Painting, a program that gives participants the opportunity to learn how to run their own painting businesses.

My name is Ryan Siegle. I am a second-year student over at the university working to get my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I was born in Columbia and moved back here about seven years ago to finish out my grade school, going through Gentry, Jeff Junior and Rock Bridge.

Back in February I started a business management internship with College Works Painting, a nationwide exterior painting company with small-town business appeal. The internship provides a great opportunity for those with an interest in business management to get that experience. Each intern starts the program by going through a very strenuous, extensive interviewing process. If hired, the intern then completes about 50 hours of classroom-styled training and begins the actual program with door-to-door marketing to find people interested in getting a free estimate for any exterior painting work. Once the leads are obtained, estimates are set up, and for those that are wanting to get the work done, contracts are signed.

Once production begins, I will hire my painting crews, typically two crews with two painters each, and the houses begin being painted around mid-May when classes are finished. College Works Painting offers a huge service to these clients that decide to get their house painted. We offer prep work that most contractors do not, have material prices that literally no other contractor can beat and have a very specific process of getting the painting done so that each customer is completely satisfied at the end of the experience, which explains our 98 percent satisfaction rate and A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

This program is great for both responsible college students interested in business management experience as well as people of the community who are interested in getting any exterior painting done, for College Works' number one priority, after safety that is, is customer satisfaction. If interested in a free estimate, my number is 999-6642 and the office number is (888) 450-9675. We hope to see you out there!

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