In the spring of 2011, Nichole Chavalier responded to an email blast
from The Career Center about opportunities at Wakefern Food Corporation.
A few days later she found herself accepting an intern position in
their Human Resources department.
In the beginning of her internship, Nichole had the opportunity to
observe interviews and learn techniques, which she later used to
interview and hire associates for a new Shop Rite store. “I was
actively involved in committees and subcommittees (which is how Wakefern
functions) and through these meetings I began to see how a retail
organization functions behind the scenes. At Wakefern I worked on my
communication skills as I was asked to make presentations of my own in
front of ShopRite owners and Vice Presidents in the company. I was also
able to step up as a leader and coordinate events for the internship
program (which consisted of 60 other interns).”
Nichole says that she was drawn to this company because their values
as an organization were in line with her personal values of giving and
At the end of her junior year, Nichole wanted to try something
different, and interviewed for a Digital Commerce internship position
within the company. She received the position and in this new role, she
assists with email marketing campaigns, website maintenance, and online
“Prior to my internship I would have never thought that as a
psychology major I could work in Human Resources or marketing after
college, but my outlook has since changed. I thought I could only do
one thing with my psychology degree but Wakefern had shown me how to
apply my degree in other areas.
My internship has helped me learned my strengths in the workplace
and find things that I enjoy doing. I can truly say that my internship
has helped to shape me into a young professional. The connections I
have made throughout the company are priceless. The people who I have
met have shown me the different paths I can take in the industry and in
general and now a new world of possibility is open to me."
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