Summer Internship Helps Fellowship Paint a Bright Future – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

SILVER LAKE – A Kansas State University student who grew up in Silver Lake is getting experience running a painting business through an internship at College Works Painting this summer.

Colby Haverkamp, ​​a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in communications studies, said he also hopes to make some cash and collect letters of reference from clients to improve future job opportunities.

“I probably won’t have a career in painting, but I can learn to run my own business and learn communication skills,” he said.

Haverkamp was selected for the internship after an intensive interview process last autumn. He graduated over the spring break and has since focused on marketing, booking jobs, and providing estimates to clients.

One of his first decisions was to hire Dillon Collins, who also grew up in Silver Lake and is a 19-year-old student at Fort Hays State University majoring in marketing. Its job is to promote the business.

“I said yes right away,” said Collins. “I thought it would be a great resume builder.”

The company’s marketing strategy includes putting up advertising signs along major thoroughfares, going door-to-door to speak to prospects, and leaving flyers at homes and businesses.

According to Haverkamp, ​​College Works Painting specializes in exterior painting and staining of most surfaces, including metal and brick.

“We have an extensive prep process,” he said of the sand scraping and priming process.

Collins said the company had contracts with Sherman-Williams for four different types of paint that were rated for five to 15 year shelf life.

Customers are kept informed of the progress of a project on a daily basis, and Haverkamp said his crews would “show up on time, work hard and be accountable”.

So far, three experienced two-person crews have been hired and a fourth crew could be added if warranted. Two of the crews are already booked until June.

College Works Painting will be up and running until mid-August when Haverkamp and Collins return to their respective universities.

“Our goal for total sales is $ 150,000,” said Haverkamp. “We’re about a third of the way there now.”

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