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Mac: Human Resources

Mac Strachan got to put his psychology and business skills to good use as an HR intern for PetSmart. He had an awesome learning experience and really appreciated the company's values.

What was your internship experience like?

This was a fantastic intern experience. PetSmart values the work and ideas of interns and considers us associates who are capable and bright. They give us important projects to work on and coach us to success. The culture is unlike any corporate setting I have ever seen or heard of; everyone is kind, inclusive, collaborative, unique, accepting, and extremely talented. There isn’t really any inside competition between employees and everyone works pretty well together. I really enjoyed getting to know many people across the business and building great partnerships that led to cooperative efforts that enhanced my project. I learned a lot and was able to grow in a safe and supportive environment.

What was the most useful thing you learned during this experience?

Networking and relationship building is key to collaboration and success. I wouldn’t have gotten much done if I relied only on my limited abilities; in partnering with various people and departments we were able to see a lot of work take place and my project made some progress.

What skills did you acquire from this experience?

Networking, communication, collaboration, I learned vocabulary of other disciplines so I could speak to people I that field. I learned in my psych classes to communicate and think critically. I’m Business classes I got a foundation for the corporate world and learned what to expect there.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

Yes, it is the best! If you have any passion for pets and people and are willing to work hard in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that stretches you, PetSmart is the place to intern.

Mac Strachan smiling with his wife.