Nov. 15, 2022
For most, an internship is a box to check or a rung on the ladder of professional experience. For University of Missouri student Sean Segasture, it was an opportunity to surpass expectations.
Segasture, a senior in the Trulaske College of Business, spent last summer as an intern for Home Depot Headquarters. His 11-week hybrid internship had him stationed primarily in Columbia, Missouri, while his team was based in Atlanta, Georgia. Segasture and his team accomplished an impressive number of projects over the summer and were presented with the company’s Excellence Award at the end of their experience.
As an intern, Segasture worked with stores across the country as part of the asset merchandise protection team. He monitored the dispatch of store fixtures made to prevent shrinkage and theft. He was also able to help the company solve challenges they’d been wrestling with for weeks.
Segasture juggled endless projects during his internship — not unlike his current responsibility as president of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity at Trulaske. His presidency has him overseeing everything from philanthropy to networking events for the chapter.
Segasture’s advice to current business students is to pursue internships with businesses they already frequent and love. It’s common for small details to get lost in big companies, and it takes passion to be mindful of those, to show interest in customer service issues at the corporate level, to latch onto ideas presented at meetings and follow through, and to drive a company forward into excellence.
“It’s all just working to find the balance of managing a lot of different independent pieces that are ultimately part of the same goal,” Segasture said.