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My summer at Wally-World

I served in the Bentonville, Arkansas Mission, so I met a lot of people who worked for Walmart. I always heard incredible things about their experiences there, so when it came time for me to find an internship, I knew I wanted to apply to Walmart. After a two-month application process, I was given an offer to join their Global People team for the summer.

I was assigned to an incredible manager, Robbie, whose work focuses on executive communications.

I was given a project for the summer, which consisted of building a social media calendar to help guide posts for a member of our leadership team, as well as curating a newsletter to be circulated internally to keep our leadership board informed on issues impacting the workforce.

I also created a new section in an already existing newsletter highlighting members of Global People that would be circulated to the entire department. Although this was my focus for the summer, I participated in a variety of other projects.

When I arrived, I was placed in charge of putting together a panel of interns to be interviewed by Donna Morris, the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Walmart. The panel consisted of myself and two other interns and took place during a department-wide meeting. I prepped the panelists and came up with the questions we would be asked, which was exciting and a little bit terrifying.

Luckily, I was able to turn to the expertise of a member of my team, Matt Joyner, who was regularly called on to put together similar segments and always did an incredible job. He was more than happy to help me, which I found to be true of every member of the team.

The panel ended up going better than I could have hoped and was one of my favorite experiences looking back on the summer.

I was surprised by how many invitations I received to participate in or attend incredible events. We regularly attended speeches by the executives of every department, and I had the opportunity to volunteer at Open Call, which is an event for entrepreneurs to pitch their products for a spot on Walmart shelves. I also attended Walmart’s milestone meeting where they discuss how they are progressing toward their goals in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Through these experiences, I was able to connect with a lot of interesting people, every one of which was so welcoming and encouraging toward me. I am so grateful to Jami, Robbie, Matt, Jimmy, Nick, Kayla, Amber and what feels like an army of others for the faith they showed in me and the encouragement they provided all summer.

My summer at Walmart opened my eyes to so many roles I could pursue post-graduation that I had never considered. It also helped me feel like I won’t drown heading into the “real world.” This was my second internship, and I would highly recommend an additional internship to anyone.

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