Week two of my internship with Macy’s Inc. flew by in a blink of an eye, I can hardly believe I am starting my third week. This week I have spent more time in the office analyzing data and putting my excel skills to the test. This past Spring semester, I took an excel class with Scott Hessell and I am happy to share that the skills I acquired over the semester have helped me tremendously. We are analyzing large reports in excel to see what products are our best sellers, which ones are selling enough to meet our quarterly plan, and so much more.
I still have a lot to learn. Every time I start a new project I get a little nervous because I want to do it correctly, and efficiently. Once I start going and figure out exactly what I am doing, I’ve felt very comfortable with my work. I’ve asked a lot of questions because I feel like that is the only way to learn and understand the project at hand. My associate buyer, Jenna Bresadola, has been a huge help. She is good at explaining and she motivates me to work hard. She also attended the University of Arizona so we’ve had a few things in common.
Being an intern, you can take on a lot of responsibility, however, that will only happen if you show your team what you can do. To be honest, I was kind of taken back when I didn’t have a million things to do my first couple days in the office. I realized that I needed to be more proactive and ask for work to do. I finally got a few projects to work on that, like I said, put my skills to the test. So far, so good.
A great asset to the Macy’s Internship program are their training and other resources they offer interns. Last week I attended a price strategy class where we heard from the Group VP of Price Strategy, Wendy Lou. The class was helpful while giving us a great insight to what it’s like to work at Macy’s in a role like Wendy’s. Also, over the course of the internship, we will be working on a group project. I’ve met with my group twice to brainstorm and finalize our project idea. Our project guidelines are to come up with something to help the Macy’s experience. Macy’s has come up with five points to focus on called the North Star Strategy and mine is, “Experience is Everything.” I don’t want to share our idea just yet, but I can promise there will be more to come.
If you’re thinking about moving to New York, or taking an internship out here, I want to share a few tips I’ve learned so far.
Get the unlimited subway pass if you’re going to be taking it to work, it’s worth it. You should also consider staying at one of the many college dorms around the city. They’re a great deal of them and you will be living with a wide variety of students around your age.
Living in New York has been the time of my life, the big city and fast pace lifestyle is motivating and exhilarating. There is always something to do and it’s the perfect city to live every second of your life to the fullest.
I am the Social Media Manager for the Terry J. Lundgren Center For Retailing at the University of Arizona, I also am a Junior in the Retail and Consumer Sciences major at the University. I am what you call a Retail Enthusiast, I am intrigued by the way the retail industry is evolving and what it has to offer the world. I enjoy the outdoors, yoga, and some good music.