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Student/Alum Spotlight – Kellie Trafton

April 1st, 2013

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Name: Kellie Trafton
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
Minor: Business & Entrepreneurship
Year in School: 4th year, Senior
Company: Target

1. How did you find out about the internship?
I found out about the possibility of an internship with Target through the Fall 2012 Career Fair that was held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. I talked with several companies but seemed to have an instant connect with Target. I passed along my resume with an expressed interest in their internship program.

2. What will you be doing in your position?
I will be job shadowing a Group Leader at the Albany Distribution Center. I will be identifying and coordinating daily activities of 20-40 team members, collaborating across departments to drive optimal productivity, and foster an environment in which diverse backgrounds are respected and valued. Finally, I will ensure personal plans are set, maintained and continuously improved.

3. What advice do you have for others interested in finding an internship?
Utilize the career fairs! They are set up for your benefit! Companies are actively looking for students in all different majors so do not limit yourself to specific companies. Be willing to shake a lot of hands and put yourself out there. It is important to know your resume by heart and be able to expand on certain points if employers have any further questions. If you are asked to do an interview, over the phone or in person, do some background research on the company. Know their business philosophy, goals, objectives, mission and values (if available) and be able to add those concepts into your answers. This will show the interviewers that you did your homework and are interested in the company.

4. Did Career Services assist you anyway? If so, how?
It is because of the Fall 2012 Career Fair that I made the connection with Target and got my foot in the door! I was able to shake hands with one of the people who ended up being on the interviewing team for my internship. Having that initial face-to-face interaction was extremely beneficial and gave me a step up that the other intern candidates may not have had.

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