Walmart was founded in 1962 when Sam Walton opened his first store in Rogers, Arkansas. Today, it is one of the largest megastore retailers in the world, employing over 2.1 million people at more than 8,692 facilities and making $405 billion in 2010 sales. Although Walmart was the focus of a scathing film, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, the company has done substantial work in corporate social responsibility, sustainability and philanthropy, earning it the No. 1 spot in Fortune’s 2009 list of Most Admired Companies.
Walmart established the corporate intern program to teach college and graduate students about its culture and business philosophy. Interns may be assigned to various departments, including merchandising, transportation, logistics, accounting and finance, information systems, store operations, marketing, legal, Sam’s Club, compliance, business strategy, sustainability, aviation and human resources. Key leaders in the company serve as mentors to interns, who present their projects at the end of the internship. About 60 percent of interns are offered full- time positions upon graduation.
Undergraduate internships: open to current college juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Graduate internships: open to students between their first and second years of an MBA or other master’s program. Three to five years of relevant experience is required for most graduate internships.
Walmart Campus Relations
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
508 SW 8th Street, MS 0690
Bentonville, AR 72716
Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students