For current BLP students, here is a direct link to the BLP Internship Form
Students in the Business Leadership Program complete one internship as a graduation requirement. These internships expose them to real world situations. Most students fulfill this requirement early in their college careers at Puget Sound, and many complete more than one internship for additional experience. In order to fulfill their internship requirement, BLP students must submit the internship recognition form to the Program's Director for pre-approval.
Seeking an internship requires the same kind of preparation as any job search. There are several Puget Sound resources that provide a great place to start your search for an internship placement. Remember to start your search early; for more information go to CES.
Summer Immersion Internship Program check out HERE for more information!
Here are a few testimonies about BLP internship experiences from summer 2014.
Coming from a small town, finding internships in my area can be arduous, especially since I could not find a single internship application online. However, I secured my internship at Asante Foundation's Southern Oregon World of Wine event by simply picking up the phone and contacting numerous human resource departments to see which companies may be interested in taking on a summer intern. During my time there, I learned more about the professional world than ever before. I got the most out of my internship in three ways. First, by getting to know the people who worked in and around my office on a level past the professional one, which made coming to work more fun and comfortable. Second, by offering to complete tasks outside of the realm of my internship, which allowed me to learn more about the company and make connections with people in different departments. Third, by taking advantage of every networking opportunity. The majority of the time I worked with prominent people in the community and used that to my advantage by making connections with them and ensuring that when I represented myself the best I could.
This past summer I had an internship with Target, in which I assumed the leadership role of Executive Team Lead of Guest Experience. I essentially learned how to manage a store by leading a team of about 10 people who were responsible for making guests' experience positive while shopping at the store. I helped implement a new coaching system for managers to utilize with their teams in order to be more effective. I also got the opportunity to conduct an operational review, which I presented to a leadership team, that showcased my key learnings from the internship and both my personal and leadership development acquired throughout the internship
While I was abroad in the Spring of 2016, the resources that CES provides online really helped me in finding an internship. I ended up getting an internship at the IKEA distribution center in Spanaway, where I piloted their new internship program as a business intelligence intern. I learned the ins and outs of how the DC operated, and analyzed operational data to pinpoint inefficiencies. With this, the two other interns and I created a business plan on how the DC could become more efficient and increase its operational capacity, and then put the business plan into action. It was a great opportunity to learn more about data analysis and supply chain management, and such a fun atmosphere to work in!
I was a Sales Intern for Living Doll Los Angeles this past summer. Overall, I realized that a cohesive office community and good spirit have a huge positive impact on work experience, and that learning by doing is the best way to jump in and succeed in a new position. I was unsure about the retail industry, but it is great to use the internship process as trial and error to decide better what you like.
Here are some companies where BLP students have interned: