My Target Internship Experience

My name is James, and I am an executive intern in Delaware. When I first started the internship process, I had no idea what to expect. Every day seemed to be a new experience with exciting new challenges to overcome.

My story begins with the executive internship orientation in the beginning of the summer. When I first stepped into the room full of eager interns I was pleasantly surprised to see all the effort Target put into making the experience enjoyable and as educational as possible. I have heard a great deal of stories from fellow students participating in internships that that didn’t take full advantage of their skills, time or talents. As I first stepped into the room full of Target employees, one thing became very clear to me rather quickly- my experience was not going to be one of those stories. In fact, I knew on that very first day that this internship would be well worth my time and I was lucky to be there.

When I first entered my own store in Dover I felt somewhat overwhelmed. Target’s culture was certainly not something I was used to as a student with no real work experience. Target has it’s own language of acronyms and short-cuts to words which can really create some confusion for a newcomer like me. But when a Target team member explains to you that the company is about being inviting and fun you quickly discover that they mean it! In my experience, every team member I have come into contact with has treated me with respect. If I had a question about the business they always took the time to explain it to me in great detail. If a guest asked me a question about where something was in the store that I didn’t know the location, there always seemed to be a magical voice on the end of my walkie telling me where it was located. My mentor stayed with me in the beginning of the internship when I needed her then she let me grow on my own. There was one aspect of the internship that I enjoyed more than anything else: the flexibility. I was able to see all the ins-and-outs of Target just by asking my mentor or store team leader if I could participate in that function for the day. If I wanted to see how the various departments operated (such as assets protection, human resources,  pharmacy, softlines, hardlines, logistics, etc) all I had to do was ask! This experience has been wonderful, and I would fully recommend the Target executive internship program to anyone eager to learn.

Post by James, Stores Executive Intern

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  • Martin Santiago

    November 26th, 2013

    I am a graduate student and preparing myself to pursue my DBA(doctoral of business administration
    degree online at Grand Canyon University. However, I am very interested in working in business establishment especially in management level or teaching at the higher institution. The internship program will give me great opportunity to expose not only with the concepts of business operations, but the impact of capitalism in the free market. It will be a good chance for me to begin my journey in the field of business.

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