College Works Paintings Internship Program provides college and university students a chance to run their own house-painting business—a unique, life-transforming opportunity to build business management and leadership skills. Past interns say it was a “fantastic growth experience” for anyone wanting to learn about “sales and small business management." Said one: "It tests you to your limits."

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

Best Construction & Trades Internships






6 to 12 months




About the Program

College Works Paintings provides college and university students a unique, life-transforming opportunity to build business management and leadership skills, hands-on. The internship empowers students to run their own local businesses, manage their own crew of people, and provide a much-needed service within their communities - while earning money as well as invaluable experience. Interns not only gain valuable work...

About the Company

Founded in 1993, and based in Irvine, CA, but operating in 35 states, College Works Painting hires more than 2,000 college students to paint more than 10,000 homes every single year. The company mostly completes exterior paint jobs in the residential area. Each local chapter of the College Works Painting business is owned and operated by a college-aged intern, who makes the decision on whom to hire, which jobs to take, and how often to work. College Works corporate provides the training on ho...

Intern Reviews

  • “Culture is amazing. You have people who want to help you succeed and along with that, you gain lifelong friends while doing this internship. It is relaxed at times but also stern at times. It was a great learning experience.”
  • “It is a great experience as an internship. Company culture is work hard play hard. They do provide opportunities for interns to have a fun time, but that doesn't come until the summertime. However, the more challenging and difficult something is, the more you learn and grow from it when you stick to it!”
  • “The support was great and the company culture was very good. They taught a lot about work/life balance and the importance of time management and including fun.”
  • “I got to make my own schedule and choose the hours that I work.”

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

  • “The interactions with interviewers was very pleasant, and while they were selective, they made the interviews relatively easy.”
  • “I think the interviews were really great actually! They explain things in tons of detail and don’t sugar coat anything, it’s exactly that they say it’ll be so there is no surprises.”
  • “It was very elaborate, but that's what they need to do in order to find people who will stick through an internship as tough as this one!”
  • “The interview process was very thorough, they answered all my questions, and I got to talk with alumni.”