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Kroger Awarded RippleMatch’s 2023 Campus Forward Award

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Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. has been awarded the 2023 Campus Forward Award in the Enterprise Early Career Programs category for excellence in early career hiring.

“With six generations making up our workforce, Kroger understands the importance of early talent development and how impactful internship programs can define our company culture for years to come,” said Tim Massa, SVP and chief people officer.

“We are proud to receive this recognition from RippleMatch and will continue to validate our commitment to the next generation of talent. We truly want all our associates to come for a job and discover a career.”

Kroger internship programs provide an inclusive, engaging experience with one-on-one mentorship, as well as coaching and guidance from managers.

“I am very grateful for the mentorship program that came with the Kroger Internship,” said William Okine, financial internal auditor at Kroger.

“My mentor, who I keep in contact with, was very helpful in answering questions about the company, school and planning for the future. As a young college student, having someone like that in your life can really make a difference.”

The Campus Forward Awards by RippleMatch recognize excellence in early career hiring, celebrating programs that embrace innovative recruitment strategies, make investments in diversity and inclusion and are supporting the next generation of talent through impactful internships and entry-level programs.

Highlights of Kroger’s early career talent commitments include:

  • Establishing early talent and diversity as a core foundation in developing the next generation of leaders; 
  • Prioritizing connections with college campuses across the country, from large universities to small community colleges;
  • Connecting with students from all backgrounds, with a focus to reflect the demographics of the customer base and create an inclusive environment;
  • Continued offerings of 12-week rotations giving interns the opportunity to connect with senior leaders and other professionals through networking and career development events; and
  • Committed to long-term success for interns and new hires through an onboarding process, equipping new hires to contribute to the company’s success.

Recognized teams were selected through an application detailing campus candidate experience, innovative recruitment strategies, approach to diversity recruiting and internship and entry-level programs.

Visit Kroger’s careers site to learn more about our internship and early career programs.

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