Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 15, 2014

College internships 'crucial'

Two 2010 Batesville High School graduates who became Indiana University graduates in May have stayed on similar paths this summer. Both are completing paid internships, one here and the other away.

Teddy Cooley is running his own painting business in the Batesville area through an organization called Young Entrepreneurs Across America, which assists students to start branches of Student Painters. He explains, "They provide the initial capital, marketing materials and extensive trainings to be able to run a successful business."

Cooley, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in informatics (information technology) with a business minor, learned about YEAA on a classroom flyer. "I applied, interviewed and was hired at the end of October."

The grad has had other internships in the past, such as working in a hospital's IT department, and went that route again because "they are becoming necessary in order to find a job after college. Recruiters are becoming more selective and are looking for students who have internships rather than just college degrees."

He began working during the spring semester, marketing, advertising, spreading the word and interviewing and hiring a handful of Batesville high school and college students to be painters. The son of Ted and Kathy Cooley, Batesville, reports, "This process has been time consuming and exciting. But, most importantly, I am gaining wonderful business and leadership experience." He predicts, "It will be a very rewarding summer after all the hard work I put into my business. "

According to Cooley, the best parts of his workday are "communicating with the customers and figuring out what they want from their paint jobs. I also enjoy problem solving when on the job site, figuring out the safest and best way to paint tricky areas, oftentimes on the roof."

There are a few downsides: "Painting in 90-degree heat with 95 percent humidity. Also, running out of paint and only having about a square foot of surface left to paint."

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