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The Home Depot Retool Your School: Business Externship Program

Gain market research skills and identify opportunities for The Home Depot’s contractor loyalty programs.

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Retool Your School: Business Externship Program
About the
Externship
  • Apply by
    September 9, 2022
  • Externship starts
    September 14, 2022
  • Rolling Externship start date
    September 14, 2022
  • $
    500
    Stipend
  • Open to matriculated undergraduate students
  • Open to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to matriculated high school, undergraduate, and graduate students
  • Open to matriculated graduate students
At a glance
Apply by
September 9, 2022

Submit your application as soon as you can to give yourself the best shot.

Rolling start dates
Rolling applications

The start date for this Externship is rolling and students will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis. Applications will close when the Externship is full.

Applications for this Practicum are rolling and students will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis. Applications will close when the Practicum is full.

Part-time and fully remote
This Externship is a 10-hour-per-week fully remote experience where all meetings and events are recorded.
This Practicum is a 10-hour-per-week fully remote experience where all meetings and events are recorded.
Externship starts
Externship starts
September 14, 2022
Externship starts
Practicum starts
September 14, 2022
Receive your start date with your acceptance letter

This remote Externship will last

This remote Practicum will last

8

weeks.

$
500
Stipend

Students that accept their offers will receive their educational stipends at the end of the program.

Required Academic Standing

This Externship is open to undergraduate students only.

This Practicum is open to undergraduate students only.

Required Academic Standing

This Externship is open to undergraduate students and graduate students.

This Practicum is open to undergraduate students and graduate students.

Geographical Eligibility

This Externship is open to applicants all around the world.

This Externship is open to applicants all around the world.

Geographical Eligibility

This Externship is open only to applicants attending a college or university located in the United States.

This Externship is open only to applicants attending a college or university located in the United States.

Required Academic Standing

This Externship is open to graduate students only.

This Practicum is open to graduate students only.

Required academic standing

This Externships is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students.

This Practicum is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students.

Required academic standing

This Externships is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Young people not currently enrolled at an academic institution are also welcomed to apply.

This Practicum is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Youths not currently enrolled at any academic institution are also welcomed to apply.

Required Academic Standing

This pilot Externship program is open to Sophomores and Juniors from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University at this time.

This Practicum is open to undergraduate students only.

The Home Depot is not accepting or considering any applications for this Externship through other channels. Any effort to apply or reach out to The Home Depot separately will adversely affect a student’s application.
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Program Overview

The Home Depot is launching an externship pilot program in partnership with its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and The Home Depot Services departments, providing students an opportunity to work on an actual organizational challenge faced by The Home Depot. Externs will conduct a detailed analysis of the contractor loyalty programs offered by competing companies and suggest best practices, actionable insights, and thoughtful strategic solutions for The Home Services team at The Home Depot.


Externs Will

Externs will participate in research, analysis, and innovation in a fast-paced team, identifying gaps in The Home Depot’s loyalty program and providing actionable and realistic recommendations The Home Depot Home Services team can implement to improve customer retention and expand the Service Provider Network.

Externs will benchmark contractor loyalty programs at public and private companies focusing on contractors that partner with large construction companies, big-box retailers, or referral services.

During this Externship, students will also:

  • Become familiar with the vision, mission, and work of The Home Depot.
  • Gather information on the broader landscape of loyalty programs among B2B companies.
  • Identify the best practices and principles of successful loyalty programs.
  • Research construction companies, the competitive landscape, and big-box retailers currently running loyalty programs through third-party contractors/service providers.
  • Conduct a deep dive into existing loyalty programs and evaluate their effectiveness. 
  • Create and deliver a compelling presentation showcasing recommendations into best practices and prominent trends in contractor loyalty programs based on insights and analysis.


Qualifications

We are seeking ambitious sophomores and juniors from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University with a strong interest in exploring business strategy and market research and learning to collect and use data to build effective growth strategies in the B2B market.

Our Commitment to HBCUs

At The Home Depot, we are committed to advancing education for all. We proudly support HBCUs and recognize the incredibly talented students these colleges and universities prepare and graduate into the workforce. That is why we strive to give back to HBCUs what they have so generously given their communities: a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character.

We have a longstanding partnership with HBCUs, dating back to 2009. The Home Depot Retool Your School program has been Powered by Purpose for twelve years, committed to uplifting HBCUs through campus improvement grants. Through the Remote Externship program, we are proud to be expanding our Retool Your School program to support HBCUs in additional ways beyond campus improvement grants, supporting career development through opportunities for hands-on learning and certification preparing students for the workforce with the necessary skills for success.

The Home Depot also sponsored the 2022 HBCU Legacy Bowl, which showcased the best draft-eligible HBCU football players, celebrated Black culture and history, and provided career networking opportunities for HBCU students. 

About
Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer. It operates over 2,200 retail stores in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Canada, and Mexico. All of The Home Depot’s associates are committed to helping customers build and improve upon their homes. The Home Depot Home Services marries quality products sold in-store with qualified, vetted contractors to provide installation services to its customers. Customers are offered roughly 400 different installation types through the United States, Puerto Rico & Guam. The business brings in an estimated $5B in sales and 200,000 in jobs per year through their Service Provider network of approximately 3,000 service providers. Service offerings can be accessed online or by walking into any of our stores.
About
Our Commitment to HBCUs
Our Commitment to HBCUs At The Home Depot, we are committed to advancing education for all. We proudly support HBCUs and recognize the incredibly talented students these colleges and universities prepare and graduate into the workforce. That is why we strive to give back to HBCUs what they have so generously given their communities: a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character. We have a longstanding partnership with HBCUs, dating back to 2009. The Home Depot Retool Your School program has been Powered by Purpose for twelve years, committed to uplifting HBCUs through campus improvement grants. Through the Remote Externship program, we are proud to be expanding our Retool Your School program to support HBCUs in additional ways beyond campus improvement grants, supporting career development through opportunities for hands-on learning and certification preparing students for the workforce with the necessary skills for success. The Home Depot also sponsored the 2022 HBCU Legacy Bowl, which showcased the best draft-eligible HBCU football players, celebrated Black culture and history, and provided career networking opportunities for HBCU students.
Testimonials

Meet Past Externs

Meet Past Students

"My externship with HP was a great example of how a single experience can change the course of a career. After my externship, I started getting interviews, and I started seeing my resume downloaded by recruiters. People called and said they wanted to learn more about the HP Tech Ventures Externship. It was something they’d never seen before, and they wanted to know more. Leveraging this experience has helped me in more ways than I can count, and now I am a summer analyst at an investment bank!"

Dawit Teshome
now interns @Windsor capital, llc

"I found myself as a recent graduate with no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Paragon One offered an exciting opportunity to explore and work with real-world companies alongside a cohort of like-minded individuals. The most significant benefit as an extern is the flexibility for career discovery. As someone who had almost no industry exposure, I had the chance to build my understanding of the marketing industry by researching ad-tech solutions and presenting my findings to the Facebook team."

Valerie Fong
NOW WORKS @Empire lakes productions

“I really want to emphasize that Paragon One offers many opportunities not just in social media and marketing but in finance, accounting, more. These unique and tailored experiences are a great way to not only develop in areas of your own interests but to also expand your knowledge in general. And they're easily accessible. Really anyone can do it. I did it. So I want to emphasize that the possibilities are there and to just go for them.”

Isabella DeIulis
NOW INTERNS @EXTREME NETWORKS

“I believe business and tech together have a transformative power to do good with high impact. That’s why I was so excited to get into the Paragon One Facebook Remote Externship program. It was a structured, intentional experience, and I got to enhance skills like market research, communicating to a strategic audience, and putting together insights in an easily digestible way.”

Jose Medina
NOW WORKS @DELOITTE

“I feel like a lot of people say diversity matters, but they don’t show it. This opportunity definitely showed it. I met people from all over the world with different backgrounds, who had similar interests to me. I don't think I would have ever had the chance to do a project with a company like Facebook outside of this. With this experience being through Paragon One and their connection to my university, it felt so much more accessible to me and not like a far off unattainable goal.”

McKenzie Templeton
NOW WORKS @Johnson city chamber of commerce

“There was mentorship and structure, but the people overseeing us didn’t force their ideas on us. I really liked the frank discussions at the weekly meetings and how the Facebook staff we interacted with showed genuine interest in our futures.”

Ryan Baladez
NOW interns @ACCENTURE
Application Process

After sending in your application, we'll reach out if we think you're a good fit. You'll send in a "Get to Know You" video and then participate in a live interview.

Week 1: Onboarding

During the first week of the program, you'll be setting goals for what you want to achieve in the upcoming weeks and familiarizing yourself with the industry, our platform, and your cohort.

Weeks 2-5: Research & Analysis

During the regular programming of the Externship, you will receive training and complete projects through our student platform. These exciting weeks are filled with weekly meetings, company meetings, student-led workshops, and virtual events like speaker series and networking sessions.

Present to Host Company

Top students will be selected to present their projects and findings to company leads and other senior leadership.

Here's how a Remote Externship works
Here's how a Remote Practicum works

We partner with leading brands to curate six to eight week programs designed for student success. By dedicating 10 hours a week, you’ll receive training, work on real problems, and network with professionals — all from the comfort of your own home.

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FAQs
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Is the externship with Paragon One or the Host Company?

Paragon One co-creates externship experiences with each hosting company – the outcomes, the training, the meeting agendas – it’s carefully crafted by both companies. The Paragon One team will manage your Weekly Meetings, Company Meetings, and additional support and feedback. You will meet with your host company, receive feedback from them, present your findings to them, and receive other opportunities to connect with them through out the program.

How long/how much time does the externship take?

All externships take 10-15 hours each week to be successful in the program. This encompasses the time spent learning and completing training, researching, and attending meetings. All externships are 6-8 weeks long. Be sure to check each program for its duration.

How are students able to network with representatives from Host Companies?

Like in professional roles, all your interactions with a company are networking. Networking is about building relationships and trust. Each Company Meeting is an opportunity to impress them and increase their perception of you as an extern. After you complete the program, we compile all the information about you and your work and share it with Host Companies so they can review students and reach out, respectively. Top students get additional opportunities to present their work and have follow-up discussions with company leads.

Can I use the externship for Class Credit?

Yes, you can. Remember that credit-bearing policies vary from institution to institution, so while we can support you to receive credit, you will want to check with your advisor or dean for approval first.