The 411- Tips for New Interns

Beginning your first internship can be an experience filled with nerves and excitement. If you set yourself up for success and are open to anything, there’s no need for nerves. As an intern you are going to have the chance to learn so much and contribute so much. Target isn’t looking for interns to get their executives coffee and make copies. Target is looking for interns that are leaders. Interns do the exact same things their mentors do. That’s the best part. You will attend executive meetings, run the sales floor, solve guest complaints and manage your team. So once you’ve gotten here, it’s up to you to make the best of it. Your leaders want you to do well and want you to take on important responsibilities, be engaged and show them you’re ready.

Once you first start your internship it’s extremely important to build relationships. By having relationships with those around you, you can feel comfortable asking for help and offering feedback. This also includes being able to receive feedback. Target is a huge feedback driven culture and you will receive this feedback through statuses with your mentor, interactions with other leaders in your building and your team, and even from guests. My one biggest tip for feedback is: don’t be scared of it! You are receiving that feedback to help you become a better leader. Instead of letting you make a mistake again, you team cares enough to help you work on it. The same goes for giving feedback. You want your team to be as strong as it can be. Instead of seeing a team member make the same mistakes over and over without knowing it, be there to lend a helping hand and guide them through it.

You want to be resilient and adaptable as an intern and be open to anything! The retail industry is definitely a crazy one and you have to be ready for it. Different things will come your way every single day and that’s what’s so exciting about it. You’ll never be sure of what your day lies ahead, so don’t be afraid of the unexpected.

Finally, set goals for yourself and go out there and make them happen. Know the team wants you to do well and will be there to support you. Partner with those around you to make the store better than it was when you entered it. Don’t be scared to try new things and remember to utilize your resources. Sure you may make mistakes, but that’s okay! You’re an intern and now’s your time to try new things and learn from your experiences. Before you know it, the 10 weeks will be over and you will want to be able to look back and know you made a difference.

Post by Araima, Stores  Executive  Intern

Learn more about Target opportunities for college students here.

21 Replies to “The 411- Tips for New Interns”

  1. Hello!

    I applied a few days ago for this internship (I have a background in both marketing and design) and I was wondering if the internship has already begun. Should I keep hoping for a call, or is it too late now?
    I hope it isn’t too late because I LOVE Target and I know I would shine in this sort of work.
    Please respond if you know. Thanks.

  2. Hello-

    We are thrilled that you’re interested in an internship with Target! Most of our internships for 2013 are complete, but postings for 2014 internships will become available relatively soon. Keep checking back on to search and apply for openings.

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  3. Thank you so much for your reply!
    Will the 2014 internships be offered for the Spring semester or only for Summer and Fall?

  4. I did my internship over summer and it was fantastic! I felt like it was perfect because I could dedicate the most time to Target during the summertime and learn that much more. It would definitely be my recommendation to anyone interested in the position. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  5. Hi, i’m a british student and since a young age i’ve wanted to visit the usa but i’ve never had the chance and i love target and i love the idea of working instore! I have friends over in the usa and they say it’s brilliant. Can someone please tell me more about internships and can i, a 17 year old uk student get on one? if so, how?

  6. Hi Joshua-

    Thank you for your interest in Target! We are happy to hear we have fans in the UK. All of our internships are geared towards students who are currently in college/university. Take a look at our college students page for more information:

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  7. Is there a certain year you must be in school to participate in an internship with Target or a certain number of years until graduating?

  8. Hello, its my first time doing intern I’m not sure of the qualifications. I have full time job, attending school part time. My major is business administration, i have heard lots of good thinks about your company therefore I’m very interesting in doing what it takes to be part of the team. My desire is the distribution center, love the process and enjoy the fast pass position.

  9. Greetings, I have an interview scheduled for a potential internship opportunity in the summer of 2014. I was wondering if anyone had some advice or a few things to keep in mind while preparing for the interview. I am really excited for this opportunity and would like to have a little idea of what to expect. Thank you.

  10. Hey!

    Congratulations on your interview, I loved my interview process with Target. It was fantastic!

    It sounds cheesy, but just be yourself! Target is all about letting your individuality shine and making the position all your own. Be sure to come prepared with some examples of leadership roles you’ve had, situational questions are huge! And practicing a great intro speech wont hurt either.

    Be professional, fun and friendly and confident in what you have to offer 🙂

  11. Hi!

    I have been working for Target for 2 years as part time. I absolutely love working there, I get along with all the team especially the STL, ETLs and TLs. I have build my way up from seasonal to Sr. TPS in AP. I am a Junior in college and so far love the way ETLs work, I want to know the information about the interships? Do I have to wait until my Senior year? Becoming an ETL sounds awesome and would love to know much more about it.
    Thank you!

  12. Hi Angel-

    We are so glad that you are interested in continuing your career with Target! The best way to plan for the future (internships, etc.) is to talk to your current leader. He/she will be able to guide you in the right direction and help you developmentally plan for your next role.

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  13. Hello,

    I recently applied for the Business Analyst Internship for 2014 and I am very interested in working with your company. I know some employees that work at Target and absolutely love it. Is the interview process still going on for this position? I would really like the opportunity to speak with someone about how passionate I am about working for Target and in this type of position. Is there someone I can follow up with on this opportunity? =) Any information would be great. Thank you!


  14. Hi Tiffany-

    Thank you so much for your interest in our 2014 internship opportunities! Our recruiters are still reviewing applications, but you can always check your application status by logging into your profile on our career site. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay connect with Target Careers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest Target news.

    Elisa and the Target Careers team

  15. Good morning!
    I recently applied for an internship position and while reading through the post, I noticed that the internship posting has been up for awhile now. I am curious to know if applications are still be accepted and if there are still positions open?

  16. Hi Jessica-

    Thanks for your comment. The best way to check your current application status is by logging in with your username and password at Applications for positions are accepted as long as the job is still posted.

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  17. Hello,

    I have recently submitted my application for an internship. I was wondering what the next step is?

  18. It’s been amazing to read through these blog posts and get so excited for my upcoming Summer 2014 Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Internship position with Target! Just wondering, how are interns selected to compose their experiences on the Pulse? I’d love to have that opportunity during my experience!

  19. Hi Thalia-

    Thanks for checking in and for your interest in our internship program! Our recruiting teams will be reviewing all applications and will get in touch if they’d like to move forward to the interview stage of the process. You can always check your application status by logging in on our homepage

    Thank you!
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

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