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Student Internship Program

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Jump Start Your Career

Are you a student studying auto body repair?

The Rise Above Internship Program is a great opportunity to learn from one of Northeast Ohio’s largest and most respected Collision Centers. We’ve committed time and resources to create a program that will not only expose you to the highest technology in the industry, but also develop your character and strengthen your skills so that you are confident and ready for a career in auto body upon graduation.

If you are motivated to get further involved in the trade and advance your skills, the program is for you.

Take the next step in your career.

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What To Expect?

As an intern at D&S, you will gain hands-on experience repairing vehicles in a reputable body shop, working with highly skilled estimators, body and paint technicians, and managers. You will do more than fix cars; you will learn the ins and outs of the repair process and the most efficient ways to capitalize production and reduce waste.

The One-Year Student Internship Program is designed to provide customized, structured, progressive learning through a series of steps towards graduation.

Step 1: Job Shadow Rotations

The program kicks off with an orientation to learn more about your peers, coworkers and the company. Before you begin hands-on training, you will undergo a month-long introductory period in which you will shadow seven different departments to help you understand the business as a whole and guide you to your preferred career path.

Step 2: Hands-On at Location 1

Throughout the internship you will rotate between all three of our locations to get exposure to a variety of management and operation styles. This will better prepare you for your career, as you will know more than one way a shop can operate. At your first location, you will begin to get hands-on experience in your desired area of learning.

Step 3: Hands-On at Location 2

After your three months at your first location have come to an end, you will rotate to your second location, continuing with a focus in your departments of interest identified after the Job Shadowing period. Halfway through, there will be a one day Mid-Year Check-In to reunite with your internship class, discuss your experiences thus far and provide feedback.

Step 4: Hands-On at Location 3

After your time at your second location completes, you will begin your last hands-on training at your third assigned location. While progression through the program is dependent on your abilities, at this point you should have progressed to being able to handle more complex responsibilities.

Step 5: Graduation

At the end of your yearlong program, it is a time to celebrate! There will be an evening dinner and ceremony to recognize completion of the program. Family and Employees are invited to attend.

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Opportunity to Advance

During your last week, you will have time to speak with management regarding next steps with your career. After graduation, many of the students that go through our program are offered the opportunity to join our team. Whether you become employed at D&S or somewhere else, this internship will most definitely jump start your career and provide real-life experience that will set you up for a promising career in collision repair.

Holistic Approach

The Rise Above Student Internship Program is designed to dig deeper and develop skills and knowledge beyond the trade. During your time in the program, you will learn important soft skills necessary to grow in your career as well as life skills such as time management, stress management, financial planning, and goal setting through organized lunch and learns.

In addition, you will be given time to complete company sponsored iCar courses towards next level certification that you keep whether or not you end up as an employee of D&S.

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