We hear about the importance of networking throughout college; how it can be the very key to landing our dream job. However, all this talk just makes the practice of networking become intimidating. Suddenly, we’re worried about finding things to talk about and having wimpy handshakes. I’m happy to report that when I became part of the Publix Internship Program in the Summer of 2015, that fear started to slip away.
In every department, I was constantly greeted with smiles and engaging conversation. The culture of Publix made networking no longer something to fear, but to get excited about. As an added bonus, interns were treated to executive luncheons.
Yes, we got to eat with Ed Crenshaw and Todd Jones! I know what you’re thinking, “The fear came flooding back, didn’t it?” Actually, no, not at all. Publix’s CEO and President were both kind and down to earth. I don’t know how, but they managed to remember everyone’s name. And as we all know, there is no quicker way to feel acknowledged than when someone remembers your name.
It’s the things like a cube mate’s friendly demeanor or the CEO treating you like an equal, that take away the intimidation in networking, and make you realize you are a part of the Publix family; instead of just another intern at some faceless corporation.
Real World Experience
In addition to the value of networking, internships are important for gaining valuable work experience.
For the past three months, I’ve been tasked with meaningful and challenging projects. The two main projects I worked on were creating databases to determine a particular program’s success, and re-establishing an internal career development program to aid current associates along their career journey with Publix. Since we are a promote-from-within company, this is a particularly important initiative.
At the end of the day, it was fulfilling to know I was working on projects which were benefitting others, and allowing me to grow.
I want to take a moment to share a few lessons I’ve learned through my internship, which might benefit you in the future.
- Work hard but stay humble. Strive to be the very best you can be right where you are. When we get prideful and think we deserve to be in a higher position, our work starts to reflect our negative attitude.
- Double check all documents before sending them out. It’s easy to make a mistake when you’re in a rush. Breathe, take a second, and re-check your work. You don’t want a simple spelling error to distract from an assignment you put so much effort into.
- Be proactive because time is limited. Being proactive shows others that you truly want to be an asset and, if anything, it provides you with amazing opportunities to learn. Knowledge only makes us more valuable.
- Invest in others. This lesson comes from Mr. George himself. Whether it’s through giving your time, kind words, or a listening ear, investing in others is what develops a great associate and overall person. Whatever your aspirations may be, I promise you, there will always be value in investing in others.
Any questions? Ask away! I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog entry about my experience with Publix’s Internship Program!
Does the idea of working in a fast-paced food service environment appeal to you? Do you love serving people? Can you work well with a team serving up some of the most popular items in our Publix stores? If you’ve answered yes, then the Deli Clerk job at Publix might be the perfect choice for you!
You’ve got to know it is a demanding job and you are always on the move. But when you think about it, you are creating the subs and fried chicken that legendary meals are made of! There is more to the role of Deli Clerk than that, of course, but you get the idea. You could work for the busiest department in our stores! And find out why we’re considered a Great Place to Work.
Read more about what it is like and some of the typical tasks of our Deli Clerks here. If this job appeals to you, visit our careers website to discover what we offer in terms of benefits, training and reasons folks love working at Publix.
We think you’ll love the idea of a Deli Clerk job with the nation’s largest employee-owned company! Join the more than 13,000 Deli Clerks in our stores across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina and Tennessee. Check out these cities in which we have Critical Openings for Deli Clerks right now:
Florida: Bonita Springs, Boynton Beach, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Destin, Doral, Edgewater, Greenacres, Holly Hill, Jacksonville, Key Largo, Key West, Lake Worth, Lantana, Largo, Lighthouse Point, Melbourne, North Fort Myers, Ocoee, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Springs, Panama City Beach, Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach, Port Charlotte, Port Orange, Punta Gorda, Sandestin, Santa Rosa Beach, South Daytona, St. Augustine, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Windermere, Winter Garden
Georgia: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Brunswick, Cumming, Dacula, Decatur, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Savannah, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Watkinsville
South Carolina: Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Daniel Island, Duncan, Greenville, Hilton Head Island, Mount Pleasant
Is there a Deli Clerk job opening listed in a city near you? If there is, what are you waiting for? Head to your nearest store and apply! If not, be sure to bookmark this page and return since it will be updated regularly to spread the word about our critical needs.
Can we answer any questions about this job or about working at Publix for you? Don’t hesitate to ask! It’s our pleasure.
Do you take pride in crafting beautifully crafted cakes and pastries? Can you do it with speed and accuracy? Do you have a servant’s heart and, most importantly, do you enjoy interacting with people?
Bring your skills to Publix! Here, we seek out and hire the best workforce, and train our associates to understand and pass along Publix’s culture in delivering premier customer service and providing the highest quality products to our customers. We do this because it’s our mission to be the premier food retailer in the world. It’s that simple.
Our more than 2,300 Cake Decorators perform a variety of duties in work conditions that you can read about in more detail here. That page lists some of the qualifications we look for in our Cake Decorators too. And finally, you’ll find some information about pay ranges and bonuses you can earn as a Cake Decorator there as well. If that sounds good, look further into our careers website at www.publix.jobs. There, you’ll learn more about Publix, a perennial on the FORTUNE 100 Best Employers to Work For list and you will gain a better understanding of what it’s like to work for the nation’s largest employee-owned company.
To sweeten the deal, see how Angela, one of our more than 2,300 Cake Decorators sums up her role:
“I love what I get to do for a living… we don’t just make cakes, we make memories!”
Does this sound like a “Cake” job to you? Great! Here’s a list of cities which have Critical Openings for Cake Decorators right now. This list will change as our needs change, so be sure to bookmark this link to check periodically.
Alabama: Auburn, Fairhope, Huntsville, Spanish Fort
Florida: Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Destin, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Key West, Lake Mary, Longwood, Melbourne, Ocoee, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Sandestin, Sanford, Santa Rosa Beach, Windermere, Winter Garden
Georgia: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Cumming, Decatur, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Watkinsville
North Carolina: Charlotte
South Carolina: Anderson, Bluffton, Greenville
Tennessee: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Murfreesboro
If an opening is noted in a city near you, what are you waiting for? Head to your nearest Publix in that city and apply!
Now that you’ve gathered all the basic “ingredients” to bake up a terrific career with Publix, what questions do you have about working in this department or at Publix?