Like a majority of college students, Hesston High School grad Daniel Casimir — currently attending Kansas State University — will be working when he returns home to Newton this summer. For Casimir, it will be a little bigger deal, though, as the chance at a unique internship means he will not only stay busy, but he will also gain experience running his own business.
Through College Works Painting, Casimir was recently granted the chance to manage his own business starting in the summer. Based out of Newton, Casimir's branch of College Works will service the Newton, Hesston, Moundridge and Wichita area. While he has been offering free estimates to area residents for the past month, he noted the bulk of the company's work will start in late May — which will cover a lot.
"We do interior, exterior, decks, fences, just about almost any painting job that you can come across," Casimir said.
College Works has been promoting leadership development through more than 2,000 business management internships a year for 25 years, operating in 35 states. Casimir learned of the company through a representative speaking at one of his classes last semester. The opportunity was one that intrigued Casimir, and after going through a multi-stage interview process, he was hired to run his own branch.
As the proprietor of his own branch, Casimir will hire staffers to help his company eventually — though he is not to that point yet. In his first month and a half on the job, he has been focused on trying to book jobs for the summer — hopefully between 25 and 35 clients.
Majoring in Management Information Systems and minoring in Computer Science, Casimir has a tech focus in his career path, but in taking the internship with College Works, he noted he is hoping to build the interpersonal skills that aren't so easily honed in that field.
"I think that a lot of what you're getting from your computer developers these days is somebody who's really focused on math and science," Casimir said. "That's a very good thing to have in these days, but sometimes it neglects the business side and the people side of it. So, I want to be able to have the skills that a computer developer can do and be able to have the business mind behind it."
While Casimir is working on estimates at the moment, he plans to start doing design consultations in April before paint work begins in late May. Though he has experience painting, this will be his first time managing a business.
Having some history in the industry, College Works Painting has a reputation to uphold when it comes to customer satisfaction regarding its services and Casimir said he is hoping to take a lot away from his internship with the company.
"I'm hoping to learn a lot on how a business works, how to manage a team properly, how to enhance my customer service abilities, etc. College Works has a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating," Casimir said. "It's a high standard that I have to maintain. Obviously, there's a lot of customer service stuff that is involved in making sure that I deliver a quality product to my customers, making sure they're happy with it and happy with me as well."
Doing the College Works internship will allow Casimir to pursue other opportunities at KSU, but already he has seen the fruits of the job through a mock interview.
Now, he is ready to get to work as painting season approaches to help as many clients in the area as possible.
"I'm on call 24/7. I'm willing and happy to accept calls from anybody at any time," Casimir said.
For more information on estimates and services offered, contact Casimir at 316-288-0893.