Merchandise Exposure Program (Undergrad Internship)
Northbrook , Illinois
April 26, 2017
Merchandise Exposure Program (Undergrad Internship) (Job Number: 023600)
Corporate Office - 4010 COMMERCIAL AVE

This is a very exciting time at Walgreens. We're taking our products and services to the four corners of the world as part of the Retail USA division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Walgreens Boots Alliance was formed through the combination of Walgreens and Europe's Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services dating back more than 100 years each.

Today, Walgreens is the neighborhood drugstore and retailer that makes health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And, we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services such immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Join us at Walgreens and find yourself at a place where innovation thrives and incredible career and growth opportunities await. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment and be part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, employees, and the communities we all call home.

About This Opportunity

As an intern in the Merchandising Exposure Program (MEP), you'll learn how to apply your analytical skills, classroom learning, and interest in retail to make a meaningful contribution to the growth of our company. Over the 10 week long program at our corporate headquarters in Deerfield, IL, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from a group of innovative individuals focused on guiding the growth of the leading drugstore retailer.

Previous Merchandising Interns have worked on projects in Category Management, Space Management, Global Insights, and Owned Brands. In addition, all interns have the opportunity to work with individuals throughout the company including interaction with the following divisions: Finance, Pharmacy, Sourcing, Purchasing, Store Operations, Supply Chain, Owned Brands, Ecommerce, and Marketing.

The program is designed to provide you with a full experience as to what your career within Walgreens could look like. We position you to succeed with training, exposure to the business, social activities, mentorship, a case competition, and performance management sessions for your continued growth and development.

Our Merchandising Exposure Program is a key entry point for merchandising professionals at Walgreens. MEP is designed to attract high-potential candidates looking to further develop their analytic skills and careers in retail by participating in the Merchandising Analyst Rotational Program (MARP) after graduation. MEP is the key pipeline for the full-time Merchandising Analyst Rotational Program.

Walgreens is looking for individuals that have a strong analytical foundation, superior communication skills, excellent problem-solving skills, demonstrate assertiveness, enjoy a fast paced, dynamic atmosphere, and desire to learn more about the retail industry.

As a part of the Merchandising Exposure Program, interns experience the following benefits:
Training: We provide formal classroom training, professional development training, and on-the-job training throughout the program ensuring that all interns have the skills to excel within their internship.
Mentoring: All interns receive a mentor and buddy, allowing for two immediate sources of information and guidance. Both will help build your career and network within Walgreens in addition to answering any questions you may have throughout the program.
Case Study Competition: All interns will be assigned to a cross-functional intern team where they will complete and present a Walgreens case study. Teams will present to senior leadership, and the winning team will have the opportunity to have lunch with the CEO and his leadership team.
Visibility to Executives: In addition to presenting to senior leadership in the case study competition, interns have the opportunity to participate in scheduled lunches with executives throughout Merchandising.
Distribution Center and Store Tours: Interns are given the experience to tour one of our distribution centers and flagship stores, allowing you to see the application of your work and how it impacts the customer and store employees.
Social Events: Throughout the internship we schedule social events in Chicago ranging from a sporting event, to seeing the famous improv group, The Second City. These are a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, and enjoy Chicago in the summer!
Potential Full-time Offer: Based on performance, high-performing interns will be extended an offer to participate in the full-time Merchandising Analyst Rotational Program after graduation

Basic Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelors Degree program with 2 to 3 semesters remaining with a graduation date no later than June 2017 and have a GPA of 3.0
  • Majors in fields such as Merchandising, Marketing, Economics, or Financial Analysis
  • Communication skills such as writing reports and presenting the information to key stakeholders
  • Experience collaborating with teams.
  • Intermediate level of MS Excel and Access such as creating spreadsheets & databases, running reports, utilizing vlookups, using pivot tables,  calculating totals and formatting.
  • Experience analyzing data
  • Experience using financial modeling skills such as determining ROIC, business analytics, and problem solving
  • Knowledge of working in a matrix environment

Employment type Full-time

A little about us:
The training you received, the discipline you embraced, and the responsibilities you held in the military will serve you well at Walgreens.

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