July 19, 2018
Summer is in full swing, and Target’s summer interns are hard at work! More than 800 of them are taking part in our internship programs at our stores, distribution centers (DCs) and headquarters locations across the U.S. They’re working on projects in almost every area of our business, serving guests and their communities and learning the retail ropes with our amazing team. We proudly support all team members—including our interns—on their career journeys, providing them with meaningful work and opportunities to build and develop the skills they need.
Meet six of our interns and hear about what they’ve been up to since they started last month.
Lorenzo “LJ” B.
Executive Intern at the Harmar Target store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
His story: I’m from Twinsburg, Ohio, and part of the class of 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m majoring in Business Information Systems and Supply Chain Management and minoring in Administration of Justice. A Target internship felt like the perfect fit because it offers the opportunity to achieve my long-term career goals and build my professional skills.
His summer gig: Working in different areas of the store, helping guests and learning about the internal and external functions of Target. My Human Resources leader schedules me in different work centers each day so I can get to know how each one operates. And my teammates are always willing to stop and help the new guy when I need it.
Can’t wait to: Build my managerial and leadership skills, and learn how to run a store and reach sales goals. Someday, I’d like to lead a large, diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable team members.
Favorite moment so far: Building bikes for kids with autism during the team’s summer volunteer event. I had the chance to catch up with the other interns and meet team members from across the district.
His Target faves: I can’t stay away from the Bullseye’s Playground section at the front of the store. As a kid, I’d only agree to shop with my mom when she promised we were going to Target. Now, I have to promise myself not to bring my wallet with me to work.
Software Engineer Intern, Minneapolis
Her story: I’m from Naperville, Illinois, and going into my senior year at Indiana University, majoring in Informatics with a Business Cognate. I decided to intern here after attending Target’s Women in Technology Symposium in May 2017, where I met women from all over the country with a range of skill sets and backgrounds. I was eager to come back and learn from such a talented group.
Her summer gig: Working with a team of Target engineers to update and develop a mobile app that is used in stores to help managers and contractors get a holistic view of technology health.
Can’t wait to: Make lots of connections and new friends, and learn how to think through technology development more analytically. My teammates have been so welcoming and helpful. We take our work seriously but also have a lot of fun.
Favorite moment so far: Deploying my first app! It was practice to help me learn the different coding languages and development tools I’ll be using for my project. It’s exciting to see the results of my hard work being used in the real world.
Her Target faves: Shoes! I’m a little shoe-obsessed and always find a new pair for my collection at Target. I also love every piece of the Hearth and Hand with Magnolia collection.
Operations Intern at our Distribution Center (DC) in Galesburg, Michigan
His story: I’m from East Lansing, Michigan, and an incoming senior at Michigan State University. I chose Target because I wanted to intern with a company that was progressing forward in the world of logistics, and that’s turned out to be a great decision for me.
His summer gig: I work weekday nights with the team, learning everything I can about staffing, tracking productivity, looking for standard work, and more in the world of packing and break-packing. I’ve learned so much in the first few weeks, and it’s exciting to be able to make a difference.
Can’t wait to: Build leadership skills, learn about the different things that make a team mesh, and the metrics that help make sure your team and department perform well.
Favorite moment so far: Training to use the motorized chariots to get from place to place since the building is so big! I also love how quickly I started to feel like a real part of the team, actually helping out with daily tasks and decisions and joking around on breaks. Our DC is a fun place with lots of incredibly friendly and motivated people.
His Target faves: I usually go down the snack aisles and pick out at least one thing that looks too good to pass up!
Executive Intern at our Target store in San Pedro, California
Her story: I’m from El Monte, California, and going into my senior year at California State University, Long Beach, where I’m majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and minoring in Communications. I heard about the Target internship opportunity through a business organization called the Hispanic Students Business Association, and loved the idea of a hands-on project that would challenge me as a professional and an individual.
Her summer gig: Working alongside store team members and leaders to better understand the functions of the business and the different operations, and give guests great experiences.
Can’t wait to: Become a better leader and businesswoman as I learn the ins-and-outs of the team and its daily operations on a deeper level. My teammates, including my mentor, Kristen, and store leader, Kevin, have been incredibly supportive since my first day and provided me with the resources needed to succeed.
Favorite moment so far: Helping my team reach their objectives and goals for the day. Every day is different and I learn something new.
Her Target fave: My favorite thing to shop for is the stationery. It’s so cute! I always find inspiration for my desk and leave with a new pen or notebook.
Associate Buyer Intern, Household Essentials team, Minneapolis
His story: I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and I’m an incoming senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Marketing with a Retail Merchandising minor.
His summer gig: I’m working on the 2019 assortment strategy and plan for Target’s pesticide category. I started by defining my own strategy, then I’ll move into product reviews, and wrap things up with my final assortment recommendations.
Can’t wait to: Develop my self-confidence in lots of ways, like not being afraid to ask questions when I’m curious, make mistakes as part of the process, and be my authentic self at work.
Favorite moment so far: Sitting in a team meeting and realizing I really knew what was being discussed, and could actively participate and share my thoughts. It sounds silly, but it was like a lightbulb above my head switched on. I chose Target because of the learning environment it provides, and I’m getting a real-life look into the buying role, and how it impacts the rest of the team’s work. Each person I’ve met has been so open to showing me a glimpse of what they do to support Target.
His Target fave: Sparkling water! I can hardly leave the store without stocking up. I’m obsessed with the Simply Balanced Tropical Cherry flavor.
Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) Intern, Stores Finance team, Minneapolis
Her story: I currently live in Rosslyn, Virginia, and I just finished the first year of my MBA program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. For undergrad, I studied finance and marketing at Villanova University and then worked in merchandise planning for four years before returning to school. I chose Target’s FLDP internship opportunity because I was excited to be a part of the change and transformation that’s happening within the company and across the retail industry.
Her summer gig: I’m working with the Stores Finance team, which manages sales forecasts, goals, and expense plans, and partners with store operations and field teams to make strategic decisions. The Stores Finance team is amazing! Everyone has a really interesting and unique story and background, and they know so much about how the business works. As FLDP interns, we each take ownership of a summer project and give recommendations based on thoughtful analysis of business initiatives.
Can’t wait to: Learn how the finance teams support the organization as a whole, and how different business decisions and strategies impact the bottom line.
Favorite moment so far: The exposure to leadership has been truly incredible. There’s been opportunities to hear from senior leaders across the company, from the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer to the CFO.
Her Target faves: No matter what reason I have for visiting Target, I always end up buying something from Bullseye’s Playground! Target always has something I never knew I needed, but inevitably need to have.
Want to know more about Target’s internship programs? Check out our careers resources for college students. For more on what life is like at Target, explore Careers and meet more of our team members on The Pulse blog.
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