Zara's Completes High School Internship Program

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May 23, 2017—Zara's Collision Center successfully completed the first round of its internship program and offered jobs to two high school seniors.

Austin Schneib and Jacob Whitfield, seniors at Lanphier High School and the Capital Area Career Center (CACC) Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long internships at Zara’s (located in Springfield, Ill.) and have been offered positions with the business. They are the first students to complete the newly developed Zara’s internship program.

The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s Collision Center.

“The collision repair industry offers an attractive employment option for young people entering the workforce,” Zara said. “This is the case even more so when you consider student loan debt and the challenges of finding a job for many college graduates in their field of study. We’re pleased to offer internships that are steppingstones to a skilled career path.”

Schneib, who served as a paint prep apprentice, will transition to a full-time position at Zara’s after graduation and will join the detail department. 

Whitfield completed Zara’s body technician apprenticeship and will work at the collision center this summer. In the fall he will attend barber school and Lincoln Land Community college where he will be enrolled in the auto body program. Whitfield was named Student of the Year for CACC’s auto body program and was a candidate for CACC’s overall Student of the Year.  



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