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Target Intern Training: Trying New Things

It’s my second week here at Target as a human resources intern. I’m already starting to see the importance of cross training here at Target. I mean, HR and power equipment certification? Well, okay – sure. I’m generally willing to try anything aside from jumping out of airplanes or bungee jumping. Power equipment certification doesn’t sound all that intimidating- it’s just another day in the life of a Target intern, right? I can drive a car. I can… use a toaster? Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever used a piece of power equipment in my entire life. Here’s to trying new things!

I make my way into the back room for my certification and get my first glimpse at the equipment I will be using. Hmm, this is pretty large equipment; I’m starting to doubt how I feel about this. I’ll spare you the details but I think the team leader training me was highly entertained throughout the process. I did, in the end, move a pallet from the ground on one end of the room to a shelf high above my head on the other end. Quite the accomplishment if I do say so myself (as long as we don’t take into account how long it took me to accomplish this task…)!

This was just one of the many trainings I’ve partaken in during my first two weeks here at Target. I certainly won’t be winning any awards for my talent in using power equipment but I found this experience to be very similar to everything else here at Target. Everyone is willing to help. Everyone is willing to take time out of their schedules to ensure you are part of the team, you know what you are doing, and you feel comfortable. Whether it was my first day and not knowing where to park, questions in using the cash register, or using large pieces of equipment in the back room, everyone has welcomed me with open arms, making this internship feel a lot less like work and a lot more like a family.

Post by Anna, Stores Human Resources Intern

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  1. Kristin said:

    Well said, Anna! We are so proud and honored for you to be a part of our team, keep up the amazing job!

  2. Robert D. said:

    Great Job Anna. Good Luck on the rest of your intern.

  3. Erin E said:

    I’m an ETL-HR intern too! Couldn’t agree more with everything you just wrote! I love my target family, and they have done an amazing job welcoming me with open arms. This is nothing short of a dream job :)

  4. Natalie said:

    Hello! I am also a HR intern this summer and I agree with everything you said! Target has been such a great experience already and it’s only week 3 and I feel like I have been here longer with everything I have learned already! I love the target culture and all the people I work with!

  5. Shirl said:

    Congrat, to all those that will continue to progress and do their best. I hope that all trainees will continue to be productive. Good-luck. Hoping to become employed soon as a target employee.

  6. Jeffrey J Anderson said:

    Looking to do new things with target.

  7. elisa said:

    Hi Jeffrey –

    Thanks for your interest in Target! Please visit http://www.target.com/careers to search and apply to positions that fit your interests.

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

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