What could be a better internship for a runner than one at NIKE, Inc.? Nothing, thinks junior Garrett Kenyon. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native ran cross county and track at Creighton, but for the summer before his senior year he was living, working - and running - in Beaverton and Portland, Oregon.
Kenyon had the opportunity to work in Nike’s running department, assisting with product and merchandise development.
Two times is a charm for Kenyon who applied for a Nike internship first as a sophomore. He knew it was a long shot, but he hoped to gain the necessary experience to secure a summer internship. Following his initial failure, a Nike representative walked Kenyon through what he did well and what he needed to improve. The conversation was fruitful: “I took her advice to heart and decided to work on my weaknesses and build my resume and experiences to make sure I got the internship the next time around.”
Kenyon worked two summer jobs – Whole Foods Market and Omaha’s downtown YMCA- while attending school part-time and training for the upcoming cross country season to demonstrate his time management skills. He didn’t slow down once school resumed. In fact, he added an additional job and internship, developed a Nike app and created business plan proposals in preparation for this year’s internship interviews.
Says Kenyon: “If you really want [that internship or job], you won’t just research the company for two weeks before the interview. Your personal beliefs and ideals must align with the company. If that is true, then doing the research and development for a company is not work but fun because it’s something you’re passionate about and you have no problem doing it for the rest of your life.”