Advance Auto Parts 2019 Retail Internship - Grand Rapids, MI in Grand Rapids, Michigan

2019 Retail Internship - Grand Rapids, MI

  • Job ID:328003

  • Functional Area:Internships

    • Location:MI - Grand Rapids
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Advance Auto Parts 2019 Summer Internship

Company Overview:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., is the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. Advance operates over 5,000 stores, over 100 WORLDPAC branches and serves approximately 1,000 independently owned CARQUEST branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs over 70,000 Team Members.

Our mission is to be the best service and parts supplier in our industry. We will successfully achieve our mission by working as One Team driven by common values and principles throughout our Advance Auto Parts, CARQUEST and WORDPAC branches. Advance Auto Parts works hard to create a culture of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and dedication. Since our founding by Arthur Taubman in 1932, these values haven’t changed.

  • Inspire and build the self-confidence and success of every Team Member.

  • Serve our customers better than anyone else – help them succeed.

  • Grow the business and profitability with integrity.

Position Overview:

Advance Auto Parts isn’t just your local auto parts store. We are the leading competitor in the auto parts industry. We are always looking for ways to better our strategies and broaden our horizons; which is why we are excited to build a diverse team of interns. This 10 week paid internship will provide hands on experience in retail and B2B sales, customer service, inventory management, and leadership. Another component of the internship is being paired with an experienced mentor who will help guide your experience as you move through a series of rotations focused on learning different aspects of Advanced Auto Parts business.

This isn’t a job shadow opportunity, this internship is the chance to get involved, contribute and truly experience being part of a great team. During your 10 week internship you will experience a fast paced culture, working on a team focused on growing the business every day. You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • Gain understanding of dynamics in an aftermarket auto retailer

  • Understand a store P&L

  • Provide best in class customer service to DIY and professional customers

  • Understand inventory management and in store merchandising

  • Learn how to analyze data and leverage selling tools to grow sales and profit

  • Build strong networks with leaders across the organization

  • Develop leadership and influencing skills

  • Interact with our top executive staff members for your final project presentation

In order to be successful in an AAP Intern role, you must possess strong interpersonal, planning and organizational skills along with a strong sense of commitment. You must have a desire for continuous improvement and take initiative in your personal development and job responsibilities.


Undergraduate student in an accredited college/university, preferably, but limited to the status of a Junior or Senior. Valid driver’s license in good standing as well as access to a vehicle; effective oral and written communication skills (Spanish is a plus); well-developed mathematical and analytical skills.

Position Demands:

Driving a company vehicle and passing a MVR may be required. Ability to lift and carry items weighing as much as 50 lbs., ability to climb, stoop, kneel, push and pull. Must be able to analyze data, draw conclusions and create solutions and methodologies and implement them. Capable of multi-tasking and working in a fast paced environment.