For the third year in a row I had the privilege to attend ALPFA’s National Convention in Orlando, Florida with Target’s Talent Acquisition team as a brand ambassador. ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) is the largest Latino organization for business professionals and students with chapters nationwide, and over 18,000 members. ALPFA’s main mission is to build business Latino leaders for America, and ALPFA is also a key partner for Target. I am especially proud to be a part of a company that supports ALPFA and here’s why:
As a sophomore in college I attended ALPFA’s Annual National Convention with one goal in mind: to find an internship for the following summer as it was a prerequisite for the McCombs School of Business (“Hook ‘Em”!). I was on a mission the day of the career fair, determined to talk to Target recruiters and get an internship. Fast-forward two months and I was an intern for the leadership development program in Target’s Financial & Retail Services department. At the end of the internship I was offered a full-time position with Target. This was an exceptionally big decision for me but I ultimately chose to relocate to Minneapolis from Texas – sacrificing all of the everyday special moments with my family and friends back at home.
Because of Target and their partnership with ALPFA I was able to continue to stay involved with the organization and get connected with the ALPFA Twin Cities chapter. I currently serve as the Vice President of Student Affairs and my goal is to create a student chapter in the Twin Cities to provide Minnesotan students with the same opportunities I had when I was a part of the ALPFA student chapter in Texas. It is through this organization that I was able to make friends who I now consider my little family in Minneapolis; they are my support and the ones who encourage me during difficult times.
I want to thank Target for it continued partnership with ALPFA- because of this partnership I have been able to continue to give back to my community and inspire others by sharing my own story with students whose shoes I was in not too long ago. I have been with Target for over two years now; if it wasn’t for this unique partnership that Target has with ALPFA I honestly do not know where I would be at today in my career.
Post by Claudia, Associate Analyst – Target Information Protection
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