For the first time Young Entrepreneurs Across America is offering Georgia college students the chance to operate their own business and gain real world experience through its Student Painters internship.
Zoe Powers, a 21-year-old Georgia Southern junior, jumped at the chance to earn course credits and a little extra money serving as a branch manager.
“I wanted to do this internship because it’s a big opportunity for me,” said Powers, who is majoring in marketing.
“I want to go into sales in the business world and I feel like this could get me that step forward and it’s a very prestigious internship.”
Young Entrepreneurs began in Canada more than 20 years ago to teach young students how to operate a small business by providing them with training in business and communication skills. The program is now offered in 10 states across the country.
Powers went though three interviews and has been in training since November, including becoming certified in painting through Sherwin Williams. Next month she’ll officially open her branch serving Savannah, Pooler and Richmond Hill. The company will operate five days a week through August.
The company will provide exterior painting services for homes and other structures, such as sheds or decks, along with power washing and staining with Sherwin Williams materials. They also offer free, no obligation estimates and have full liability insurance and workers compensation coverage.
While there’s a lot of responsibility associated with being a branch manager for Student Painters, Powers is looking toward the future and optimistic her experience will give her a competitive edge after college.
“Whenever I talk to employees I’ll have that credibility and show them that I have hands-on experience, which I think will make me stand out against any other applicant they’re considering,” she said of going into the workforce after college.
“I’m just trying to get out there.”