Store Assets Protection Executive Intern (Store Leadership Intern) – Philadelphia (Starting Summer 2024)




As a Fortune 50 company with more than 400,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of Americas leading retailers.​

Working at Target means the opportunity to help all families discover the joy of everyday life. Caring for our communities is woven into who we are, and we invest in the places we collectively live, work and play. We prioritize relationships, fuel and develop talent by creating growth opportunities, and succeed as one Target team. At our core, our purpose is ingrained in who we are, what we value, and how we work. It’s how we care, grow, and win together.

As part of our collaborative and guest-obsessed team, you help us create an experience that makes guests say, “I love Target!” When you work at Target, you’re helping every family discover the joy in everyday life. You’re working alongside a dedicated team that brings their passion and pride to all that they do. You will deliver a destination shopping experience by providing a safe and secure environment for our guests and mitigate shortage risks in order to drive sales.


The AP teams’ function is to provide a safe and secure environment for our team members and guests and meet financial goals of shortage and profitability in a Target store. AP teams will do this by leading a physical security and safety culture and responding to crisis events, investigating and resolving theft, creating awareness and educating team members on operational shortage priorities.

As an AP Executive Intern, you will gain a valuable, realistic job preview of the Executive Team Leader – Assets Protection role over a defined period of time. During our summer program, you will work closely with a mentor while learning the AP business area and other team functions within our stores.

At Target, we believe in our leaders having meaningful experiences that help them build and develop skills for a career. The role of an AP Executive Intern can provide you with:

Experience managing a safe and secure culture, including crisis response, a strong safety environment and crowd management planning, providing support to both guests and team members

Experience in creating strategic AP strategies and goals and delivering results through your team

Experience identifying strategic resolutions of external theft and fraud, and apprehending individuals attempting to cause a loss, in accordance with Target policy

Experience managing the identification and resolution of internal investigations

Skills in recruiting, selecting, and talent management of hourly team members and leaders

As an AP Executive Intern, no two days are ever the same, but a typical day will most likely include the following responsibilities:

Take initiative to learn how to be an AP leader by seeking out opportunities for growth and development; continuously learn throughout the internship experience

Provide new ideas and recommend solutions to business or team opportunities

Commit to learning Target’s expectations of leaders and use them to personally develop by asking questions and seeking feedback

Actively participate in internship program training activities, developmental opportunities and events.

Demonstrate willingness to take risks; step out of comfort zone and take on new assignments

Partner with leaders regarding TM performance by teaching, coaching, training and delivering timely performance feedback

Demonstrate a culture of ethical conduct, safety, and compliance; lead the team to work in the same way and hold others accountable to this commitment

Influence and validate a safe and secure culture by driving physical security and safety processes; lead store response and emergency crisis situations and create plans for in-store events

Educate store leaders and teams on emergency preparedness and physical security procedures

Identify shortage risks in key divisions and work with other leaders to develop tactics that will reduce shortage and drive profitable sales

Support the identification and resolution of internal investigations

Identify theft and shortage trends in your store, and develop proactive strategies to prevent shortage and theft

Educate and influence store teams on operational shortage priorities

Support the prevention, identification and resolution of external theft incidents and investigations

Work a schedule that aligns to guest and business needs based on safe and secure and theft patterns (this includes early morning/overnight shifts, evening and weekends)

Model the safety culture in store by recognizing safe behaviors and identifying and resolving safety hazards and unsafe behaviors

Demonstrate a culture of ethical conduct, safety and compliance. Lead and hold the team accountable to work in the same way

Work in a safe manner at all times to benefit yourself and others; identify and correct hazards; comply with all safety policies and best practices.

All other duties based on business needs


We might be a great match if:

Working in a fun and energetic environment makes you excited… We work efficiently and as a team to deliver for our guests

Providing service to our guests that makes them say “I LOVE TARGET!” excites you… That’s why we love working at Target

Leading teams who are stocking, setting and selling Target product sounds like your thing… That’s the core of what we do

You aren’t looking for Monday thru Friday job where you are at a computer all day… We are busy all day (especially on the weekends), making it easy for the guest to feel welcomed, inspired and rewarded

The good news is that we have some amazing training that will help teach you everything you need to know to be a Stores Executive Intern. But there are a few skills you should have from the get-go:

Meet any state or local licensure and/or other legal requirements related to the position

Previous retail or security experience preferred, but not required

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Strong business acumen

Comfortable dealing with ambiguity

Manage conflict, lead and hold others accountable

Learn and adapt to current technology needs

Strong cognitive skills, including problem analysis, decision making, financial and quantitative analysis

Work independently and as part of a team

Relate well with and interact with all levels of the organization

Manage workload and prioritize tasks independently

Welcoming and helpful attitude

We are an awesome place to work and care about our teams, so we want to make sure we are clear on a few more basics that we expect :

Access all areas of the building to respond to guest or team member issues

Interpret instructions, reports and information

Act in accordance with company policy

Climb up and down ladders

Scan, handle and move merchandise efficiently and safely, including frequently lifting or moving merchandise up to 15 pounds and occasionally or moving merchandise up to 40 pounds

Flexible work schedule (e.g., nights, weekends and holidays) and regular work attendance necessary

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.