On (and off) the job: How Lowe’s interns are making an impact

It wasn’t until Andrew Super attended a career fair at the University of South Carolina that he found Lowe’s. With a split focus in Mechanical Engineering and Retail Management, it seemed Lowe’s could be a good summer fit. Lowe’s thought so, too. While his academics were impressive, it was his work outside of the classroom that drew the company’s attention, landing an internship as an assistant store manager in Orlando.

Super founded Hands On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE) at the University of South Carolina. He was inspired to create the organization after seeing a similar one at a university in Florida. Super shared his ideas with his best friend Abby, who was immediately all in. The duo created HOPE, recruited others from an engineering class to join and raised money to buy a 3D printer. Now, the group builds prosthetics for veterans and children who need them, like Eli.

Eli is an active 6-year-old boy who really wanted a bike, but his family struggled to find something that worked for him because he only has one arm. Through friends and connections, Eli’s mom learned about HOPE and their work with prosthetics. Because of HOPE, Super and his team were able to create a prosthetic device for Eli that attaches to the handlebars of his bike, helping him learn to ride all on his own.

Robert Stanziano, an industrial and systems engineer student at Virginia Tech, is interning at Lowe’s regional distribution center in Valdosta, Georgia. Stanziano has enjoyed making stuff since he was a small child, learning carpentry from his dad and other adults as a Boy Scout. He taught himself more about carpentry through watching videos online and later got into leatherworking.

Stanziano has also always had an interest in solving problems and finding inefficiencies. He spent the first three days of his Lowe’s internship unloading tractor trailers with team members; some of the most labor-intensive work at the distribution center. He began wondering how he could make their jobs easier and began developing an idea for a wall mounted tool rack that can be mounted or removed from the inside of a trailer.

“When you’re in your office you don’t keep your laptop 30 feet away from you and walk every time you need it,” Stanziano said. “I wanted to find a way their tools could be easily accessible too.”

In Troutman, North Carolina, Jordan Owens is learning what it’s like to manage a Lowe’s store. This isn’t a totally new concept to her, she’s had decades of experience watching her dad manage Lowe’s stores in Virginia. The James Madison University student said this internship has given her more respect for her dad’s job. There are 23 interns working in Lowe’s stores this summer, in cities from Houston, Texas to Gainesville, Florida.

Lowe’s interns stay busy not only in their roles, but also in activities planned by the company’s talent acquisition team. They attend sessions with guest speakers, a baseball game, escape room, various socials and volunteer activities, like a Habitat for Humanity Build.

Malin Curry, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is interning on Lowe’s community relations team. He’s working on a program to integrate skilled trades activities into Lowe’s Boys & Girls Clubs partnership in early 2020. Curry said he’s most excited about going into his senior year with tangible experience.

Lowe’s intern program was ranked seventh in the country by Indeed.com last summer. Each year, interns join for 10 weeks and working alongside groups like store leadership teams, technology, supply chain and communications.

The main purpose of the program is to convert successful interns into full-time Lowe’s hires upon graduation. The interns’ final day with Lowe’s is August 2. If you’re interested in applying to be a part of the Lowe’s intern program next year, check Lowes.com/Careers for postings this fall.