Nike – National Employer Recruiting Spotlight



By: Meg Lehman, National Employment Recruiter, TCU Career Services




I had the privilege of visiting Nike’s Corporate Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon this summer. It is an amazing, sprawling, beautiful campus. With all five senses working in overdrive, you can feel the energy and vibrancy of this company and the impact that it has had on so many different athletes and their respective sports. In addition to a number of buildings named after athletes where the work and innovation takes place, there is a number of playing fields and athletic facilities to nurture the inner athlete in all of Nike’s employees. The Nike Employee Store offers Nike merchandise at a heavily discounted rate—my only regret is that we did not have more time to spend in the store and I did not have an extra bag to bring home more product!


Nike has a number of maxims– guiding principles, if you will– that drive the business.  Considering these items will give you a great indication of the type of individual that would thrive at Nike.  The maxims include:

  1. It is Our Nature to Innovate.
  2. Nike is a Company.
  3. Nike is a Brand.
  4. Simplify and Go.
  5. The Consumer Decides.
  6. Be a Sponge.
  7. Evolve Immediately.
  8. Do the Right Thing.
  9. Master the Fundamentals.
  10. We are the Offense.
  11. Remember the Man.

Nike has recently posted their Summer 2014 Internship position on FrogJobs.  An excerpt from that posting really exemplifies the mission and culture of Nike:

It takes more than just a passion for sport to stay on top of our game. That’s why at Nike we seek the exceptional, the motivated and the innovative. Our highly competitive internship program provides candidates with the opportunity to gain the best hands-on experience in virtually every area within Nike. Depending on your educational background, Nike offers real-world opportunities ranging from finance, marketing, and merchandising to supply chain and IT. As one of our interns, you’ll help us achieve one common goal—to bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world. 

As you can imagine, the competition is strong for these coveted Nike internship positions.  Nike does not have a structured recruiting process and the ambiguity is really by design.  Students will want to think creatively (one recruiter used the term “unplugged”) in terms of how they present themselves and best communicate “What Makes You Nike?”.   The posting requests that students submit a resume and a video introduction covering why you want to work at Nike and what you would like to work on during a summer internship. The Nike Internships page on their website will provide some information on the type of opportunities that are available.  It is important that you dress “Nike” when doing your video component of the interview process.

The following are basic requirements for all of the summer internship opportunities:

  • You must be a full-time college student or graduate student.
  • You must be a rising Senior (currently a Junior) or a first-year graduate student.
  • You must have an overall GPA of at least 3.3.
  • You must have a major in one of the following fields: all business disciplines, engineering, computer science, polymer science, design, apparel or liberal arts.
  • You must show proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

While it is important to be authentic, the following are some things mentioned by the recruiter that they seek in internship candidates:

  • Global experience – travel, study abroad, speak other languages
  • Retail, fashion, product, experience
  • Sports experience as it is a sports culture – call out your connection to sports
  • Demonstrate that you can:
    • Focus on the consumer
    • Thrive in an electric and energized work environment and be able to work in an ambiguous work environment
    • Work in a team culture – we not me, highly collaborative
    • Integrate with technology and digital – want people who are going to leverage technology
  • TELL NIKE YOUR STORY – do not just walk through your resume

The FrogJobs posting closes on February 12, 2014 so act fast!  As always, please see your career advisor if you have questions about your qualifications and how to best position yourself for these internship opportunities.


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