This past week has been my first full week of my Internship at Victory Toyota of Canton. As this is my first blog, I want to give some background on my internship. I was able to apply for this internship through a connection I made with Roger Olson. Roger, in addition to being a part time professor in the Ross Business School, is the COO of Victory Automotive Group- which operates the Victory Toyota dealership I work out of. My job as a Sales Intern consists of helping the other sales associates with phone calls, sending emails to customers, and showing cars/ negotiating deals with customers. Furthermore, after a few weeks of training, I will begin to work on my own with my own customers and handle all the responsibilities of a sales associate on my own.
Although it is still early, I want to set some goals for my internship. One personal, tangible goal which I have is to sell four cars on my own. I feel that this is an attainable goal, as most of the full time sales staff will sell between 10-25 cars in a month. If I can reach this goal then I think that I will feel as if I have contributed to the dealership, as well as proved to myself that I can adapt to a new field and still achieve success. In addition, in a more broad and abstract sense I would like to gain more communication skills through this internship. Because even though I’m not sure that sales is something I would do as a career, the personal and in-personal communication skills which I practice through this internship will serve me for the rest of my life.