Preston is a Business Management major graduating in May of 2018. This summer, he worked as a Store Executive Intern for Target in Phoenix, Arizona.
How did you land this internship?
I first had the opportunity to speak with a Target representative my freshmen year when attending the Eller Multicultural Dinner. Having to be a Junior to apply for their internship program, I made sure to greet them at every event and wait for my chance to apply. That time came during an Eller Spring Career Fair where I met Nellie Anderson, the Target Recruiter that set me up with my first interview. Within a few weeks and a FaceTime interview later, I was notified that I got the internship!
What was a typical day like?
Each day brought on new challenges as the internship had me rotate throughout 5 different departments during the 10 weeks. Some of the main daily tasks, however, consisted of walking the store every morning to ensure its upkeep and find any areas needing attention or improvement. We’d review sales figures to see our opportunities for growth. I would touch base with every team member to create a game plan for the day. Then, I would work on various projects and attend to any guest questions/concerns as needed.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the internship experience was getting to know and work alongside the other interns in my district. It was great hearing about their experiences at different stores and sharing my own. We brainstormed ideas together and supported each other at every event held throughout the program. I feel like I made some lasting relationships with them.
I also enjoyed being able to apply what I’ve learned from Eller on a regular basis. Various classes had prepared me well for the experience I had at Target.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
My main area of focus during the internship was Human Resources. I had the opportunity to take two great classes with Professor Elizabeth McClean focused on HR. It was fascinating seeing the topics learned about in class transfer over into the workplace. My MGMT 310 class with Dr. Allison Gabriel also assisted in understanding topics such as team member motivation and goal setting. Overall, I believe Eller prepared me well for my internship experience.