Merchandise Exposure Program Intern
5.0 of 5 stars
You really get entrusted with a lot of responsibility and high-impact work. It makes you feel much more than an intern, since the work you are doing is going to last long after you are done. My manager was very supportive, and helped me learn a lot about merchandising/buying here. She was very proactive in connecting me with all the people she works with in other departments, so that I was able to get a full understanding of the company and have my specific questions answered. There is also housing provided for out of state students, which was a huge perk to me. It definitely made getting ready for the internship much easier. The field trips and social events were pretty fun and a good opportunity to learn more about the company away from your desk as well as a chance to network. There are actually a lot of opportunities to network, which is another big perk. There are lunch and learns for your department where you get to meet with executives and different leaders throughout the company. It is really nice to have that exposure with them and be able to interact with them in more of a relaxed environment. Lastly, I liked the case competition as well. It was a lot of work, but it was nice to do work that pertained to departments outside of my own, and to broaden my knowledge of the company even further. Presenting to directors is a bit nerve-racking, but an awesome opportunity!
I thought that the professional development workshops weren't that helpful. I think they are a good idea and definitely could be helpful, but the information we were given in them were things that we already new. Since Walgreens says they are recruiting high-level candidates, they should treat us as such and not review career development material we have already been taught. There is also no excel training, which for me was a bummer.
Definitely take advantage of every opportunity that is given to you, since there are a lot and it helps you to better understand the company and see if you could picture yourself working there after you graduate. Take advantage of all the times you get to network or talk with leadership, since there are surprisingly a lot of times you get to do this, and it helps you get recognized and open doors for you before you are even working an entry level job here. Work hard at the case study competition and don't put it off until the last minute! Don't be afraid to reach out to people in the company if you want to explore other opportunities while you're here. Everyone is super open to answering your questions and helping you out so take advantage of that.
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