2019 Trainee Program

Early Career Programs

Sonepar USA is always looking to recruit passionate and ambitious candidates for our early career programs. We offer paid opportunities such as internships, cooperative education and a rotational development program for recent grads. All our programs include hands-on meaningful work, formal training, the chance to connect with senior leaders, and mentoring relationships with supportive colleagues. We encourage you to take the initiative and learn from your mistakes.
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Recent Graduates

Sonepar Training for Emerging Professionals (STEP) is a dynamic, intensive (12-month) rotational program designed to educate, train and develop skills in emerging professionals and help establish your career. You will get hands-on experience in every aspect of our business in addition to e-learning, subject matter expert training, and travel to select business locations across the US. As you rotate through different functions, you will get exposure to site and corporate operations, sales strategies, processes, procurement, project management, e-commerce, and our business philosophy at Sonepar.

In addition to your rotations, you will also experience:
  • Team-building activities with fellow emerging professionals
  • All-expense-paid travel to different company locations
  • Enhanced understanding of our business through specialized training

Core rotations of this program:
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Warehouse & logistics
Inside sales, counter & storeroom
Projects & quotations
Marketing, digital solutions, & e-commerce
Outside sales/specialty track


We offer a paid, 10-week internship program during the summer, where you gain hands-on experience and do meaningful work in a rewarding, supportive environment. The program includes access to relevant LinkedIn Learning courses, an enlightening speaker series featuring associates from all levels and functions within the company, and a final capstone project where you'll present your project work to your department.

You bring skills and diverse perspectives that enrich our company. Explore an area that interests you – whether that’s supply chain, HR, IT, marketing, finance, or another field – and see the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.

  • Actively enrolled student in a four-year university program or active within an accredited Department of Defense and/or HoH/MSEP program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • University students approaching their junior or senior year
  • Prior internship experience preferred
  • Curriculum of study aligns to core disciplines of the business (supply chain, IT, finance, marketing, communications & human resources.)
  • Available for opportunities based out of one of our corporate/local offices:
        Charleston, SC; Denver, CO; Irving/DFW, TX and Auburn, WA
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"The internship exceeded my expectations. I did not expect to immediately get hands-on experience and play an integral part to my team. To future interns, I would say fully immerse yourself into the company. Get to know people, branch out, and lend a hand wherever you can."
Will, University of South Carolina, class of 2025

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"I felt the entrepreneurial environment at Sonepar enabled me to bring my own creativity. The company is constantly looking to develop, strengthen their cultural commitments, and implement competitive business strategies."
Gabriella, College of Charleston, class of 2024

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"The projects that I have worked on with the transportation team allowed me to work with real data. Each day I felt as though I was able to improve my problem-solving skills and make a direct impact during my experience. Overall, the Charleston office was dynamic, active and supportive, which fostered collaboration."
Connor, University of South Carolina, class of 2024

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"I enjoyed getting hands on experience with the information I have been learning over the course of the last three years of school. My helpful training has been made possible through associates’ willingness to mentor and offer guidance."
Masun, University of Alabama, class of 2024

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"I appreciated the individual autonomy. I worked in areas that I have a growing interest in and could utilize my strengths. I advise future interns to set up one on onetime with fellow associates to understand their roles. You have ten weeks to meet new people and learn as much as you can."
Shreeja, Meredith College, class of 2024

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"Throughout my internship I had the chance to work on project management with various departments within the company. This offered exposure to different career paths and Sonepar’s diverse values, opinions and ideas."
Kevin, University of South Carolina, class of 2024

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"My main goal for this internship was to experience a true corporate environment: working Monday through Friday 9-5, collaborating with different departments within the office, and getting a glimpse of my future career path. I loved that there was a surplus of knowledge to absorb from the people around me."
Joshua, Florida State University, class of 2024

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