Marketing Internship Spotlight: Target Corporate

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September 10, 2013 by texasbbacareerservices

RickyTargetBlogRicky Quach  
Major: Marketing  
Graduation Year: December 2013

What was your role as an intern?
My role as an intern was to work on a 10-week long research project that involved looking into various technologies that Target could be utilizing on their owned brand packaging (i.e. QR codes). Additionally, my role was to network with other team members to learn about what they do and to learn about Target’s culture.

Tell us about your intern experience.
My internship experience was definitely one-of-a-kind. Some highlights from my internship experience include: going to a Twins game, volunteering at a local elementary school, and having lunch with many senior leaders in the marketing pyramid including Jeff Jones (CMO of Target)!

Tell us about your experience living in a new place for the summer.
To me, interning with Target was like studying abroad. You are thrown into a completely new experience with over 300 interns and you are all living together which definitely makes for a great time! There are so many things to do in Minneapolis so you rarely have time to miss home. Living in a new place for the summer really makes you grow up and see a whole different side of life.

How did you go about getting your internship?
McCombs does a great job to set us up for success. I would say for this internship specifically, I attended the career fair, networked with people who were in marketing as well as with other people in other departments. I signed up for a mock interview through career services and was paired up with Target which I thought was great. After attending these events, I did a lot of company research and interview preparation to really prepare for this internship.

What classes do you think were the most valuable in getting your internship?
I would say that BA 324 was the most valuable class that helped me get this internship. Being able to talk about the projects we worked on in class as well as clearly being able to define the transferable skills that I gained from BA 324 such as verbal and written communication in my interview definitely helped a lot.

What advice would you give to others as they search for an internship?
My advice for anyone searching for an internship is to really find the company that has the same values as you. A high salary is nice but the corporate culture that you set foot in must match your values and what you want for you to truly have a pleasant experience.

Can you describe how your interview went?
My interview was strictly behavioral so I felt very confident and prepared from previous classes and simple practice. My advice for anyone interviewing for this position is to really be transparent and let your passion and enthusiasm for marketing, retail, and Target shine through.

What were the hardest questions they asked in your interview?
I didn’t really have any hard questions. As long as you are able to connect your answers with real life experiences and results, you should be fine.

Interested in interning or working full-time at Target? Attend their Office Hours on Thursday, September 12!
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: BBA Career Services (CBA 2.116)
RSVP via OCR. Once in OCR, click on Events then Workshops to RSVP.

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