It’s the week of the 4th of July! One of the coolest part about working for Macy’s in New York City is the fact that they have such impact on the city. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, they aid in two major holidays celebrations. Unfortunately, I was unable to get tickets for the Macy’s Fireworks, but I was able to watch them from a roof top on the East side of town. I could not have gotten a better view to watch all the fire works with my friends.
There are 129 interns in the program this Summer, meaning there are a lot of new faces and people to meet. Although I have met a lot of people who I’ve hung out with frequently, there is something about the students here in New York this Summer from the University of Arizona. There are six of us in the internship and we have all bonded. I feel like I’ve gotten to know them so well and we’ve shared an experience together that we’ll carry with us for the rest of our lives.
Aside from Macy’s running New York City, they have also made a huge impact on local and communities around the United States. Last Friday, we had a Macy’s Give Back Day where we went to The Hudson Guild, a community-based social service organization in the Chelsea Neighborhood of Manhattan New York. All the interns went to work all day in various areas, from working with little kids, the elderly, to gardening and building lunch tables.
I happened to volunteer with the little kids and elderly. It was such a heart-warming experience and the other Volunteers with Hudson Guild community were so grateful and appreciative. We all partnered with a little kid and made a painting during our time in the day care. Let me tell you, we were all thankful for washable paint that day. It was a unique experience to work with little kids because I have older siblings and have not spent a lot of time around little kids. I had so much fun being silly and seeing these little kids look up to us. They wore me out, who knew kids had so much energy!
Volunteering was an amazing experience, but I’ve also really enjoyed my time in the office. This week I had the opportunity to shadow two other rolls in the kid’s department. I shadowed the financial planner and learned how they to plan them financial budget for all of the buyers. I also shadowed someone from the digital team. Out of all the areas of business the digital team sparked my interest the most. My minor in e-commerce has driven me to pursue a career on the digital side of retail. I sat down with Chris Walsh and he walked me thru the digital’s daily routines and duties, and I even got to sit in on a marketing meeting. The marketing meeting was really cool because we were selecting the holiday advertisement outfits that will run on the website this holiday season. I think the digital side has a lot more creativity to it and it balances out all of the numbers and analytics.
I am currently a senior majoring in Retailing and Consumer Sciences while minoring in e-commerce. I hold the position of Social Media Manager for the Terry J. Lundgren Center For Retailing at the University of Arizona, where I am responsible for creating social media platforms that not only enhance our brand but also educate the world about retail trends. 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. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, yoga, good music, and good company.