a new perspective

I am on the threshold of finishing up my fourth week as an intern at Target. Every day has been crammed with new challenges and obstacles; new memories and hilarious moments.

Frequently I feel that no matter how often I work, there is still so much that I need to learn. When considering Target’s “language” of acronyms, their fast-paced routine, and what seems like an infinite number of products, it is easy to get overwhelmed.

Recently our store hired several new team members, and today I had the opportunity to help with orientation. It was empowering to be able to answer all of their questions and give them advice. I knew exactly how they felt—excited, nervous, and confused—because I literally was feeling the exact same way less than one month ago.

The incredible part about working with the new team members was that it made me realize how much I have learned since I started here at Target. Thanks to my amazing mentor, all of the team leaders, and every team member that has gone out of their way to teach me different parts of the store, I finally think I’m “getting it.”

Target’s optimistic, inclusive environment encourages team members to “settle for more”. In every section of the store there is constantly a list of things that we are  improving or changing. Although the workload can seem tough occasionally, it is extremely rewarding every time someone successfully tries something new or finishes a new project because the leaders at Target do an outstanding job of recognizing their performance.

Whether it is saying congratulations over the walkie, writing a card, or making a small thank you gift, learning and succeeding is always rewarded with recognition. It is because of this that there is such a positive environment here at Target, a “vibe” that no other company seems to possess.

Post by Whitaker, Stores  Human Resources Intern

Learn more about Target opportunities for college students here.

  • Shantana Durham

    August 1st, 2013

    its nice to know that there are many challenges that you could face in life!! didn’t know about the program, but will love to enroll! I just finished my computer skills/human resources class! I think this program would help a lot. if you could give me more details on how I could be apart of this organization.. that would be great!

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  • elisa

    elisa

    August 1st, 2013

    Hi Shantana-

    Thanks for your interest! When internship opening are available, you can find them here: https://corporate.target.com/careers/college-students

    Thanks!
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  • Jessica

    August 1st, 2013

    Whitaker! So impressed with your tremendous abilities as an intern and this great post! Thanks for representing us in such a great light! I am so glad for your successes thus far! Congrats!

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  • Lauren Finch

    August 8th, 2013

    Besides the website listed above, is there any more information? I submitted an application but the internships appear to have already started (August 7th).

    -Lauren

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  • elisa

    elisa

    August 9th, 2013

    Hi Lauren-

    Most of our internships run from May/June-August. However, all available openings are listed at http://www.target.com/careers. We will soon start taking applications for 2014 internships.

    Thanks!
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

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