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
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