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Kmart Launches “Latina Smart” Internship Program

Kmart Launches “Latina Smart” Internship Program

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As the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, Kmart has announced the launch of the inaugural Latina Smart internship program.

Five retail-minded Latina Smart interns will be selected to participate in a 10-week paid summer internship at Sears Holdings corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Interns will gain on-the-job experience, develop industry connections and receive mentorship and career development counseling throughout the program.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2011 student survey, paid internships correlate to job-search success; and, new college graduates who participated in internships did far better in the job market than their peers without experience.

Latina Smart interns will document their journey in real time via Latina Smart social media channels as they shadow a series of departments and job functions to gain an understanding of the retail process from business strategy and merchandising to store execution and customer experience. During the 10-week program, interns will be given the opportunity to contribute to vendor negotiations, participate in advertising and promotional planning, work on public relations and marketing activations and perform financial analysis.

Between Oct. 17 and Dec. 31, candidates can submit a resume and 200-word essay via Kmart.com/LatinaSmart. Selected candidates will be notified of their acceptance in April of 2013 and the internship program will begin on May 20, 2013.