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Here’s how seven target interns are building their dream careers this summer

At Bullseye, we proudly support all team members on their career journey, providing them with meaningful work and opportunities to develop and develop the skills they need. This includes our interns from across the United States who participate in our summer programs in stores, supply chain facilities, and headquarters positions.

This summer, nearly 800 interns joined the Target team, working on projects across the company (think: inventory analysis, human resources and a lot plus), serve customers and their communities, and learn the ropes with peers and fellow industry leaders. We caught up with a few of them as they took flight. Find out what they’re learning, what brought them to Target, what they hope to gain from their experience, and what lies ahead:

Ariel A.

Ari is a senior management information systems student at the University of Texas – Austin. This summer he is working remotely as an inventory analyst on our beverage team, collaborating with his peers, colleagues and mentor on supplier calls and learning the ins and outs of our software systems. .

What he learned: I gained an understanding of how a company of the size and stature of Target manages its operations and ensures departments are always on the same page when it comes to consumer demands. By the end of the summer, I plan to use the systems and processes we learned to deliver a complete solution to our team project.

Favorite part so far: Target’s collaborative culture, as we had the opportunity to meet team members of all levels and roles. Each individual is not only willing, but excited to help us navigate our career aspirations within Target.

Emma P.

A pie chart with a head and shoulders photo of Emma.Emma is a senior at Michigan State University. This summer, she joins us as a Stores Executive Intern in Brighton, Michigan. “No two days are the same,” she shares. “But for me, the routines continue every day, including walking around the store and analyzing metrics to assess and improve store performance, connecting with leaders and executives to plan strategies and delegate tasks, and helping to a store ready for customers and centered on customers and Culture.”

Favorite part so far: Bond with the team. No matter the work center or position, everyone in the store was welcoming and made every day more and more enjoyable to come to work. I look forward to spending the last few weeks with my HR mentor to wrap things up.

And after: Going forward, it’s a great experience to build on and the skills I developed in communication, leadership and business acumen are transferable to anything I pursue in the future.

Grace V

A pie chart with a head and shoulders photo of Grace.Grace just received her bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. This fall, she will return to pursue her master’s degree in the same field. For the summer, Grace is on a Target’s Arrows internship for future supply chain leaders, splitting her time between the regional distribution center and corporate headquarters.

Favorite part so far: Working in person at the regional distribution center in Fridley, Minnesota with my team and meeting so many team members. And I’m excited to see how my project will impact supply chain decision-making in the future for Target.

And after: I gain valuable experience working on current supply chain improvement opportunities and can use my knowledge and apply it to future situations that require data-driven solution skills.

Jacurrie A.

A pie chart with a photo of Jacurria's head and shoulders.Jacurria is a senior student at Texas Christian University, majoring in criminal justice with a minor in comparative racial and ethnic studies. She is interning as an executive team leader in asset protection at multiple Target locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

What she learned: I discovered where my strengths and opportunities lie, and how to become a more effective leader and own my business. Coming to Target, I had no expectations of what I wanted to learn – I just knew I wanted to learn everything possible. This internship and the leaders I was paired with taught me everything you can think of about asset protection and how to excel in this role.

Favorite part so far: I liked being able to observe and train with different leaders because every leader has a unique leadership style and no two places are the same. For those who don’t have the ability to work in multiple locations, if you work in Asset Protection, you will have the opportunity to visit other stores and leaders. Target is extremely committed to building partnerships and connections, and I loved having the opportunity to network.

Nathalie V.

A pie chart with a head and shoulders photo of Natalie.Natalie is majoring in apparel and merchandising with a concentration in apparel design and a minor in business entrepreneurship at Colorado State University. This summer, she is interning at a Target store in Aurora, Colorado.

Favorite part so far: Connection with all leaders and team members. I love coming to work every day and seeing everyone! I learned so much, from unloading the trucks, to explaining the RedCards, to even how to organize the products. I gain a full understanding of what each department does on a daily basis. And I hope to continue to grow as a leader and learn from those around me.

And after: I would like to become an executive team leader at Target. Through my experience so far – and what I’m still learning – I’ve become a more confident leader and believe I’ll be able to lead a successful team.

Morgan Z.

A pie chart with a photo of Morgan's head and shoulders.

Morgan is a senior computer science student at The Ohio State University College of Engineering. This summer, she is part of the Target technical team as a back-end developer.

What she learned: I learned a lot about back-end development and networking. I hope to have the opportunity to learn more about Target’s Application Programming Interface (API) platform, hear from other interns, and learn some front-end details to top it all off.

And after: I can use the experiences of this course in everyday life. I now understand how big big businesses are and what details are needed for a business to be successful. And I will remember that the work of each member of the team counts and makes the difference.

Delaney G.

A pie chart with a head and shoulders photo of Delaney.Delaney recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. This summer, she is an asset protection operations management intern at a Target supply chain facility in Chicago.

And after: I look forward to continuing my career at Target. After hearing so many testimonials from current team members, I really feel like I can grow my career here and Target will support me in every way. I look forward to using the skills I learned in this supply chain facility and applying them to future buildings in our network.

Advice to future interns: Don’t be afraid to venture out and learn more about the different business areas that interest you throughout the internship. Believe in yourself and your abilities – you have been chosen for this internship for a reason!

Inspired to learn more about Target’s internship programs? Check out our resources on internships and entry-level programs and careers, including our benefits, culture, and interview tips. For more on life at Target, head over to our TeamTarget Instagram.

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