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College Works Painting Internship

1682 Langley Ave.
Irvine, CA, 92614, United States



College Works Paintings Internship Program provides college and university students a chance to run their own house-painting business—a unique opportunity to build business management and leadership skills. Past interns say it was “a group that pushes you to be the best version of yourself” with “extensive training that taught you how to run your business." One lists “pay, real-life experience, networking, professional development” as the highlights of the program.

Internship Program Stats


How To Apply

Apply here

All applicants participate in a 5-step process:

  1. The first meeting is an initial phone call where you will learn the basic overview of the program from the recruiter.
  2. If you are qualified, you'll sit down with an executive for a one on one interview to ask questions and go over the details of the program from start to finish.
  3. If the company feels you would do well, you enter the research phase where you will be given info about the company background, awards, press and allow you to interview past interns about their experience. 
  4. Next step is a 20-minute phone interview to go over the research phase.
  5. The last step is an interview with the vice president who will make a final hiring decision.


Number Of Interns

101 or more


Featured Rankings

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6 to 12 months




About the Program

College Works Painting provides its interns with “the outside the classroom” experience they need to find their edge and excel in the business world. The company's vision is to deliver a hands-on, world-class learning experience about the mechanics of the professional world. The internship empowers students to run their own local businesses, manage their own crew of people, and provide a service within their commun...

About the Company

Founded in 1993 and based in Irvine, CA, but operating in 11 states, College Works Painting hires more than 2,000 college students to paint more than 3,000 homes every single year. The company mostly completes exterior paint jobs in the residential market. College Works is fully licensed and insured and has general liability and workers' compensation insurance. The company also offers a one-year complimentary guarantee of quality and extended warranties.

VISION: To be the greatest pro...

Intern Reviews

  • “Definitely a group that pushes you to be the best version of yourself; sometimes that’s stressful, but you appreciate it at the end.”
  • “The culture and overall environment are the best you will ever receive. The amount of support provided was incredible, as well as being able to surround myself with other college students who pushed me to [do] my best. The work-life balance is manageable for those who can manage their time.”
  • “My life was challenging and difficult but proved to be rewarding. We were expected to work as many hours as we wanted. This internship is definitely a ‘put in what you want out of it’ job.”
  • “Work hard, play hard. It is not easy, but it is very rewarding. The company treats you well with bonuses, trips, social events, etc. There were no required hours to work, but if you want to be successful, you have to put the time in. They understand that we are interns, so they encourage us to have fun and learn great time management to be productive as well.”

Why Intern Here

College Works is one of the leading business leadership internship programs in the country. We give undergraduate students an extraordinary opportunity to build a competitive resume and gain marketable leadership skills by teaching them how to manage their very own painting business. We help you develop and demonstrate a strong skillset encompassing business ethics, communication, organizational management and sales, along with a firm understanding of the mechanics of leadership applicable to any profession. It’s not just about the money you can earn, it’s about the first real-world experience you’ll get running a business, learning about leadership, management and entrepreneurship. 

Getting Hired Here

  • “I had 5-6 interviews to get into the program to make sure I was completely ready to take on such a big role. Each interview was really good. I learned so much about the college works painting from talking to alumni and doing research and writing a paper to get into the internship program.”
  • “They were very honest on the responsibilities and expectations.”
  • “I went through about six rounds of interviews, info sessions, etc. It was very personable, and now that I'm inside the company, I understand the approach to finding successful employees.”
  • “Very detailed and really make sure that you understand the internship and the work behind it.”