Makayla is a Marketing major expecting to graduate in the spring. This summer she worked as an Executive Team Leader Intern for Target here in Tucson, Arizona.
How did you land this internship?
I landed this internship by attending the Eller Expo in the fall of my junior year. As I walked my way around the Expo, I spotted Target which was one company that was on my list to talk to. I stood in line to talk to the recruiter, I gave my elevator speech that I practiced, and handed them my resume. After talking to them and explaining a little bit about myself and what I am looking for, they offered me an interview the next day. About a week later, I got a call from the recruiter notifying me of good news that I got offered the internship and of course I accepted.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of my internship experience at Target was being able to take ownership of my leadership. I learned before you step into any leadership role you have to get to know your team before you can do anything else. Once I built those relationships on a personal and professional level, I was able to develop my leadership skills to help drive the store to success.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it.
Throughout my summer internship, I worked on projects that I thought would drive sales and improve team engagement strategies at Target. I am most proud of the business decisions I made where I took risks and pushed myself to think outside the boundaries.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?
My advice for other students looking for a similar internship is to go above and beyond to achieve your goals. If you are looking for a leadership internship, leadership skills and experience will get you far. I would suggest getting involved with school activities and taking on a leadership role to get the experience you need to become a great leader. If you put yourself out there, you will succeed.