Huntington, Ind.—Rob Hahn was speechless – probably not the best reaction when you’ve just been told you got the job – but what could he do? He had just beat out five Indiana University students for an esteemed internship at Amazon.com, the nation’s largest online retailer.
“When she told me, I just sat there,” said Hahn, a soon-to-be Huntington University senior who will start a 10-week internship at the company’s fulfillment center in Whitestown, Ind., just outside of Indianapolis, on June 7. “It was hard for me to form words. I told the lady, ‘Hold on. I have to let this sink in for a minute.’”
It was the second internship during his college career, but it will be the first in a career he hopes will be lasting.
“Honestly, I never thought I would get it,” said Hahn who was one of six finalists for the internship. Thousands had applied for the job. “When they called, I was ecstatic.”
Hahn, a Whitehouse, Ohio, native, is a business management and entrepreneurship/small business double major at Huntington. He is very involved on campus, and served as the student body president during his junior year.
Hahn is ambitious by nature so it is no surprise that he sought an internship at one of the most highly respected operations agencies in the business. He liked their core values, and they liked his work ethic.
“I really enjoy operations. I think I’m unique in that,” Hahn joked.
“This is an opportunity to learn a market where I think the whole world is going – which is digital – and they are the best at it,” he added.
In his position, Hahn will be spending a lot of time on the floor, helping move shipments in and out of the facility. He’s also hoping to have opportunities to sit in on meetings and even travel to the company’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash.
“I’m hoping to get as much out of this as I can,” he said.
Hahn doesn’t know yet whether this will turn into a full-time position after graduation, but he knows with another year left until graduation, the possibilities are endless.
“We’ll have to see,” Hahn said, contemplating the future. “I could definitely see myself doing this type of work.”