Ryan O'Shaughnessy recently completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in
criminal justice. Following his junior year, Ryan landed an internship
with Target in Jersey City, NJ. His internship focused on the shortage
control, and his major responsibility was to improve the logistics and
minimize error. As an intern, he also worked in every other department
of the store for brief amounts of time. At Target, interns learn all
aspects of the retail business and how it operates. "The internships
are not the typical cliché of fetching coffee and making copies. These
internships are hands-on, critical thinking, real world experiences that
enrich your resume as well as your life experiences."
Ryan also believes that "The Career Center prepared me for all
aspects of the interview process: perfecting my resume and cover letter,
conducting research on the company, and nailing the interview".
Ryan says that hard work paid off. He applied his strengths from
athletics directly into his work. Leadership, time management, and
determination are the qualities that made him stand out among the
hundreds of applicants for the Target internship. "Identifying the
qualities that make you unique is essential to finding the job that
After completing his internship, Ryan was offered a job with Target
in Assets Protection. His advice to students is "it's difficult to
balance training and work, but it's not impossible. There's no reason
for anyone to graduate without an internship. Apply yourself and be
persistent and good things will happen."
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