August 25, 2015
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The 2015 Southeastern Grocers Campus 2 Career summer interns after giving their presentations to Southeastern Grocers associates Aug. 5. Front row from left, Koushik Gillella, Andrea Moran, Olivia Camp, Jena Kent and Harper Fang. Rear row from left, Hannah Vander Maas, Torrey Chub, Jamesio Brown, Dylan Wilbur, Laura McNeill, Emily Ortiz, Nick Lamantia, Katian Torres, Sam Strong, Dan Stainback, Anthony Rivera and Samantha Talley. Stephanie Musseau and Troy Porter are not pictured.​

The Southeastern Grocers Campus 2 Career Summer Internship program gave 32 college students an opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience in the business areas in which they’re interested.

Of the students, 16 spent their summer working in the Jacksonville Store Support Center and 16 worked in retail roles throughout company regions. On Aug. 5, at the end of their 10 week experience, students working in the support center gave presentations specific to the company areas in which they lent a hand to an audience of Southeastern Grocers associates. Those areas included Retail, Marketing, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain, Asset Protection, Food Safety, Finance, Accounting, Information Systems, Information Technology, Learning & Development, Real Estate and Data Services.

Dan Stainback, Southeastern Grocers field talent acquisition manager, said students were chosen for the program, in its second year, through career fairs held at schools with which the company has a relationship. Some students also became interested in the program after hearing about it from fellow students and friends, he said.

“We have worked very hard to establish a presence on various college and university campuses and we are seeing the rewards from this employment branding campaign,” he said. “Managers and directors said that the interns really added value to the team and the bottom line.”

Intern Dylan Wilbur, now working for Southeastern Grocers as a promotions specialist, said he learned many valuable skills in his experience working in the marketing department through the program.

“This internship taught me about the importance of patience, integrity, and the power of maintaining relationships,” he said. “It’s a completely different world outside of the things you learn in a traditional classroom. It was a great internship that taught me lessons I use today, and probably forever in my professional career.”

At the beginning of the internship, students were given a special project to work on. But most of the insight students shared with the Executive Leadership Team and other company leaders as they gave their presentations was what they learned by working from their own initiative and their desire to learn and do more.

“If you closed your eyes and listened to the interns give their final presentations, you would have thought they had worked for the company for five or more years,” Stainback said. “These interns were students when they started their program and left as leaders!”

Of this year’s intern program participants, five have been offered full-time jobs at Southeastern Grocers this year and 14 are to join when they finish their studies. Last year, 12 interns took jobs at Southeastern Grocers.

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