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The Inside Scoop on an Internship with Publix

Natalie V. Aleman

Natalie V. Aleman

Networking

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.

Lessons Learned

I want to take a moment to share a few lessons I’ve learned through my internship, which might benefit you in the future.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!


6 Responses

  1. peter chura November 29, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Handicapped and seeking employment.. Please advise.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell November 30, 2015 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Peter, thank you for your message. Part of our mission statement is to be “involved as responsible citizens in our communities”. We want our associates and their unique abilities to reflect the communities we serve, and persons with disabilities are a vital part of that segment. We welcome persons with disabilities to apply and gain meaningful employment at Publix and encourage you to be proud of your accomplishments in life! We’d be most appreciative if you would apply for a job at Publix! If you are seeking a position in one of our stores, just head to your nearest one and apply. If your goal is to get a job within one of our support areas — either in corporate, I.T., Distribution or Manufacturing, head over to Publix.Jobs and check out and apply to those current openings. Apply for openings for which you meet all of the required qualifications and if you can, some of the preferred as well since competition is tough. Best of luck and let me know if I can assist you further.

      • natoleeo December 30, 2015 at 1:36 am #

        Hello! My name is Natalie Owens, and I am currently a senior at Johnson & Wales University- Charlotte.

        I am seeking an internship for the summer of 2016 and Publix is at the top of my list!

        I am a current employee for Publix as a Front Service Clerk, where I enjoy interacting and serving my customers in any way possible. Considering my degree and my job, you may see that food and people are my two favorite things in the world. This is very true, so I’d like more information on what I can do to join the two aspects together for an internship, and hopefully a future career.

        I’ve read many articles about what your typical internships involve, however my degree is in Food Service Management, and I already have an Associates in Baking and Pastry Arts. Are there any options available, or any that could be created that could incorporate this and best fulfill my hospitality oriented summer internship? I am more than willing to go outside of my comfort zone, however I have already recieved valuable skills that I’m sure Publix could sharpen and use for the future of the company.

        Any information you have to help me would be greatly appreciated!

        Thank you for the article, by the way, it was very informative!

        I am most grateful for this site!

        • Maura Satchell
          Maura Satchell December 30, 2015 at 9:43 am #

          Natalie, first off, thank you for your service to Publix! I have two points of contact for you to reach out to. Nneka.Wells@Publix.Com runs the internship program for Publix, so email her with your questions. And we do offer Culinary Internships, and you can reach out to the Charlotte Division Recruiter, Jackie.Moreno@Publix.com for more details on that program. Best of luck to you!

  2. natoleeo December 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    That’s great! Ha-ha, I’ve actually spoken with Ms. Moreno before! Thank you for your help! Be blessed!

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell December 31, 2015 at 8:09 am #

      You too! And Happy New Year!

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