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Six weeks of "in-house" experience at one of our HQ offices. Program overview below.
Education: Santa Clara University, Finance major with a minor in Management Information Systems (MIS).
How started at Gap Inc.: Joined the Field Apprentice program in June 2009, currently a Social Media Intern with Gap Brand.
How did you get involved with the Field Apprentice program?
I was working as a sales associate for Gap when one of my managers approached me about Field Apprenticeship and, thankfully, he urged me to apply. I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to leverage my store knowledge in a corporate environment.
Can you share an anecdote about your time in the program, i.e an assignment you handled particularly well?
My project was to research career paths available within the company and help build a field-to-Headquarters pipeline. Through references, I was able to meet great people across several brands/divisions and across the country (via phone) to get a sense of how careers are shaped within the company. I interviewed over 40 people personally, all of whom were very willing to help.
From this, I discovered how much ambition and resourcefulness pays off. Six weeks is not long for a ground-up project; no time to sit on your hands. It’s a great opportunity to dive into a project (or two) and soak up as much as you can. Also, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my managers.
What did you take away from the experience?
I learned that with relentless passion and hard work, you could go far within this company. There are also so many different departments and brands/divisions to explore, which makes the scope of opportunities even broader.
What does it take to be a part of a program like this?
Besides ambition and passion, some creative and analytical thinking will help you succeed in this program. Writing and verbal skills will also help you flourish in your role.
Gap will have great career experiences waiting for you in this role. So be ready to learn and enjoy the ride.
About the Program
Apprentices are store employees who are accepted into an eight-week summer program based out of our San Francisco headquarters and designed for bilateral transfer of information between the stores and our headquarters offices. Field Apprentices will gain in-house experience at one of our HQ offices, where they will share their own knowledge and ideas with key departments.
The program will focus on:
- Job-shadowing and department-related project assignments.
- Deepening knowledge of the retail industry and the corporate infrastructure in support of the stores.
- Contributing to important Gap Inc. initiatives and adding value by sharing their knowledge and perspective of our customer.
- Helping build relationships with Gap Inc. leaders while experiencing the company's culture.
- Exposing apprentices to various departments and Headquarters functions.
In 2013, Gap Inc. will be piloting changes to the Field Apprentice Program. Therefore, all applications for the 2013 program are restricted to non-manager store employees in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This year, the Field Apprentice Program will run from July 29th through September 27th, 2013.
- Must be a non-manager field employee in a Bay Area store
- 1 year in current role with an AT+ rating OR 2 years in current role with an OT+ rating
- Candidate must hit one-year anniversary by July 29, 2013
- Must be able to work Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
How to Apply:
- The Field Apprentice Program is a referral-based process.
- District Managers must refer their top 3 candidates from their Bay Area stores.
- Submit your resume to your DM from May 27th through June 7th to be considered for the Program – no manager reference form required!
If you have any questions about the Program or the application process, please submit them to College_Recruiting@gap.com.
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