Josh Kloos is running his own exterior painting business through a unique summer internship, an endeavor he hopes will leave customers happy and lead to bigger things to come for the 19-year-old college student.
For the past few months, Kloos, a 2012 graduate of North Branch Area High School, has been door-knocking and offering free estimates for residents from Lino Lakes to the North Branch area and even Cambridge. He introduces himself as the local branch manager for College Works Painting — a California-based business that hires college students to give them experience in running a real business. Only 10 percent of applications are actually accepted into the program.
Kloos discovered the opportunity last fall as a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus. He got the job after going through a highly competitive application process, complete with interviews, followed by in-depth training on the painting industry.
“I took this internship as an opportunity to grow in all aspects of business administration in addition to looking forward to providing people with the best painting job and customer service available,” Kloos said.
This summer he will be managing crews of trained painters to do exterior house painting jobs. Customers will work closely with Kloos and his team while also supporting one of the largest residential painting companies in the country. College Works did more than 10,000 jobs in over 20 states with a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating, he said.
Recently, Kloos was looking for teams of marketers to help him go door to door and set up estimate meetings with him. Aside from his studies, he’s been working between 40-50 hours a week. “Fitting school work in is challenging, but I’m managing it,” he said.
And he may be turning some heads already with his persistent work ethic and sales ability, as evident by the dozen-plus painting jobs he has booked this spring. “Out of 42 interns, I’m No. 7 in the state,” noted Kloos of a ranking that takes in account the total number of customers booked thus far for the summer.
In addition to providing people with good customer service, materials, efficiency and workmanship, Kloos hopes to book about 35 clients to give his painters full-time work and pay and become one of the highest quality managers in the state. He’s also looking forward to competing against the professional painting contractors that do business in the same communities.
While there could be a future in College Works for Kloos, he is keeping his options open for whatever opportunities lie ahead of him. Still, he is trying to work his way into the Carlson School of Management at the U of M, a recognized leader in business education and research with focus on experiential learning, international education and maintaining strong ties to the business community.
And he’s counting on his local painting internship to help boost his resume in reaching that goal. That, and he believes he has the attitude to make it in the business world one day.
“I believe in hard work and dedication to your job,” he said. “I strive for perfection and performing quality work in everything I do.”
For more information, Josh Kloos can be reached at 651-403-1746 or 888-450-9675. For more information on College Works Painting, visit www.CollegeWorks.com.