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Kayla King

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: Business in the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I was a Target Store Leadership intern this past summer. I worked at the store-front in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and was paired with an Executive Team Lead. She acted as my mentor throughout the whole process. I worked in the speciality sale department and assisted a team of 30 team members, merchandized clothing to drive sales, and learned the overall process of what it takes to run a Target store.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience put a lot of the concepts I was learning at the academic level into action. I learned about how different supply chain channels affect the business, different requirements Target Headquarters sends out to their stores, how to analyze sales, and how to drive those sales through merchandizing the store. I also learned how the basic structure of running a Target works, like how the HR teams makes the schedule and deals with conflict, and how we process sales based on the hour, day, week, month, and quarter and how that affects the processes going on at the store-front level.

I learned a lot about how to run a business, especially in retail, and it has encouraged me to pursue a retail job at the corporate level to bring the skills I have learned at the store-front level to the bigger picture.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I learned a lot about how to run a business, especially in retail, and it has encouraged me to pursue a retail job at the corporate level to bring the skills I have learned at the store-front level to the bigger picture.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I used Nittany Lion Careers to find this opportunity. I met with a Liberal Arts career coach about three times throughout the fall semester of 2019 to go over my resume and to find the best avenues to get this internship. I also took advantage of Liberal Arts Career week, especially the employer resume reviews. I found that to be one of the most helpful things to utilize because you have an employer looking directly at your application, telling you what they are expecting, and giving you extra tips to help you stand out.

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