At Colony Hardware, we keep the construction industry soaring to new heights with same-and-next day delivery of the industry's most trusted names in tools, hardware, and supplies. Most importantly, we keep contractors and tradespeople safe, so they can return home to their families every night.
As the construction industry is projected to continue a path of steady growth with huge investments in infrastructure and industry, Colony Hardware will continue to grow, too. To support this tremendous growth, we need top talent to lead us into the future. Enter our Distribution Leadership Program (DLP) and Internships.
Whether you are a second-year undergraduate student seeking an internship, a senior in your final semester beginning your career search process, or a graduate student looking for your first career opportunity, Colony’s DLP and internship opportunities will set you up for success as a future leader and change agent.
By utilizing a 30-week rotational experience program with supplemental classroom instruction during the first year, you will build a strong foundation in the industry leading to long-term career success. As a future business leader at Colony, you will build relationships, learn the hands-on skills to manage a multi-million-dollar business, and contribute to the growth and development of your team and the organization.
As a participant in our Distribution Leadership Program, you will have the opportunity to begin your training experience in a branch location in your desired geographic region, where you will work with some of the most experienced and successful distribution management teams in our industry. The amount of time in each area is determined by your progress and individual performance. We strive to give you the best experience available in this program, benefiting both your and Colony’s goals and objectives. DLP early career professionals will gain experience in:
Full immersion in Colony distribution center and branch operations
Identify needs, create solutions, effect lasting change early in your career
Build customer relationships with our sales, purchasing & marketing teams
Learn business and people strategy from leaders across the Company
Build upon your training through integration with multiple Colony locations
Since joining Colony I’ve had the opportunities and support to grow personally and professionally. In my time the business has grown over 10x and I’ve been fortunate enough to grow right alongside the Company. I am currently the Regional General Manager of the New York City/New Jersey Region, and am extremely excited to continue to grow as a better leader and better person as Colony continues to grow alongside me.
Southern Connecticut State University ‘11
Regional General Manager – NYC/NJ
I chose Colony’s DLP program because it was a management training program that showed all aspects of the business. It gave me the opportunity to not only see but experience everything from receiving product and stocking, to selling either on the phones or over the counter to customers. Since my first day back in June of 2016, I have lived in 3 different states and held three different positions within the company. I have had the privilege to work with great people and see this company grow.
Bryant University ‘16
Branch Manager – Orlando, FL
I chose Colony because I was looking to join a growing organization that would allow for an upward trajectory in my Career. Because of the growth Colony has experienced and continues to experience there are always new and exciting opportunities popping up. Because of my DLP experience I am able to jump on almost any opportunity that catches my eye.
Bryant University ‘16
ERP Operations Specialist – Sales, Service & Repair, Finance & Accounting
Colony Hardware offered me the career growth I was looking for after graduating from college. The multi-faceted DLP program, along with the company’s growth overall, provides unlimited potential for young professionals in the construction/hardware industry.
University of Maine ’21
Inside Sales – Orlando, FL
I chose Colony because it’s a fast paced and growing organization. There is no shortage of opportunities within Colony and the DLP program provided me the experience to take the next steps and grow my career.
The Ohio State University ‘17
Branch Manager – Columbus, OH
I chose Colony because of the career growth opportunities, and the friendly culture throughout the organization. At the end of the DLP program I was able to get a placement right for me doing the job I want in a location and team that supports me to do my best.
Bryant University ‘20
Territory Account Manager - St. Louis, MO
I chose Colony’s DLP program because of the training and visibility it gives you across all departments within Colony. In my short 5 years at Colony, I have had many growth opportunities and roles including: warehouse picker, store counter, purchasing agent, inside sales, outside sales, and ultimately management. All of which have been great experiences, each in their own way. What keeps me at Colony are the great relationships made with coworkers and customers!
Quinnipiac University ‘17
Inside Sales Manager – Orange, CT
I joined Colony because I was looking to work for a company that had a training program where I could learn about a business from the ground up. I didn’t want to just show up to “do a job”. The DLP program provided hands-on experience in all major aspects of the business as well as an opportunity to build relationships throughout different departments and levels of Colony. Through those experiences I was able to grow professionally alongside Colony’s growth (from 11 locations when I started 6 years ago to over 40!) taking positions that have allowed me to travel across the Northeast, Southeast, and the Midwest and have an impact on the success of the company.
Bryant University ‘16
ERP Operations Specialist – Warehouse Management System
Colony will provide financial assistance for you as you move through the program, affording you the opportunity to work in one or more of our branch locations. Upon completion of the training program, you will be placed in a full-time position based on your individual interests and skills, coupled with our business needs. Rotational program locations include: