When Ryan Coon was a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studying accounting and finance, it would have made sense for him to intern in an accounting firm or at a big bank. Or anyone who is pursuing accounting and finance in the university would take up an internship in the related field.
But Cook didn’t do so. He opted for something else which he thought will be beneficial to him. He took an internship with College Works Painting, a company that offers interns the chance to run their own painting businesses in locations across the United States. College Works Painting ensures the student-led businesses and provides them with management training and paint materials.
The student intern is responsible for the logistics, hiring and managing each paint job as well as their finances. The prices charged are competitive with other contractors and backed by a quality guarantee; if anything goes wrong, College Works Painting will fix it.
Coon always wanted to start his own company someday. So he spent the summer running a house painting operation in the suburbs of Chicago.
“I got exposure and experience in all aspects of running a business,” Coon said. “It taught me a lot about what it means to go through the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur.”
Experiences never go in vain. Every new thing has something or the other to teach you. Exploring opportunities in various fields are always worthy. Similarly, the internship experience proved worthwhile for Coon. Immediately after graduation, he landed a full-time job in an investment bank.
In 2011, Coon left banking to start his own company, Avail, an online platform that helps independent landlords manage their properties. He said his time at College Works gave him a foundation in business principles he still uses today.
“I got exposure and experience in all aspects of running a business. It taught me a lot about what it means to go through the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur”
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Source: CNBC News