Student internships are an important part of a student’s development in and understanding of the retailing industry. Each summer, a vast majority of the program’s students go out into the field – in corporate offices and stores – and learn from the pros. These are their stories.

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. 

View From My Apartment

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.

Three years ago, I packed up my car and drove 98 miles to Tucson and enrolled at the University of Arizona. Last summer, I packed up my car and drove 372 miles to Los Angeles for a summer internship. One week ago, I packed up my car and drove 752 miles to San Francisco where I will be a Merchandising Intern at Walmart Global eCommerce. The feelings were similar when I pulled up to each final destination: anxiety and fear, but also excitement and hope. Continue reading

I am a senior at the University of Arizona pursuing a degree in Retailing and Consumer Sciences with an expected graduation date of December 2017. I also serve as Vice Chair on the Student Advisory Board for the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. Follow me through my summer journey in San Francisco as a Merchandising Intern with Walmart eCommerce. I am excited to experience life in a new city that loves food as much as I do!

As a college student, your answer becomes repetitive when talking about what you’re doing in school. We’re constantly asked “What are you studying?” and “Why did you choose to go to school in Arizona?” The answer to these questions had become so monotonous that my answer had started to seem rehearsed when asked. “I am going to be a Senior at the University of Arizona this Fall, and I chose to leave California to go to school in Arizona because the U of A had everything I wanted: sports, greek life, and the retail program.”

Today, the answer has become so much more. Not only did I fall in love with my school, I fell in love with the Retailing and Consumer Sciences program. I currently work at the Terry J. Lundgren Center For Retailing as the social media manager and it has been a wonderful opportunity to connect and build meaningful relationships with my co-workers and faculty. Without the Retailing and Consumer Sciences program, I wouldn’t be where I am today, at Macy’s Inc. headquarters in New York City.

This Summer, I have the opportunity to intern for Macy’s Inc. in their omni-channel buying program. Omni channel buying is purchasing items for both online platforms and the physical stores. The department I am buying for this summer is girls kids, sizes 2-16. I was accepted into my internship program nine months ago and I was thrilled to hear about my department placing after waiting so long.

I arrived to the big apple Thursday, June 2nd, celebrated my 21st birthday on Sunday, June 4th, and started my internship on Monday, June 5th. It has been a crazy seven days to say the least.

My first two days of work were very informative and gave a general overview of the retail industry and what to expect from our internship. Omni and Private brands collaborate to offer exclusive styles from market brands and brands found only at Macy’s. In my department, we work with both market brands and private label brands. More specifically, a role of an Omni Buyer includes leading the development of omni customer-focused assortment visions and managing pre-season and in-season assortment planning process and strategy.

As mentioned before, the first two days were very informative but the third day is where it all hit me. On Wednesday, I met my supervisor and head buyer, Olga Leykin, and the rest of the my buying team. I immediately hit it off with the assistant buyer, Katie, because we shared the same birthday. In that moment, they told me we would be going to market where we would be meeting with two vendors.

I was immediately thrown into the buying world as I found myself looking at the two vendors’ upcoming holiday and transition lines. The little girls shirt were so cute, I wanted to wear them myself. Not only was I able to completely immerse myself into the buying world, I felt comfortable and confident enough to voice my opinion. Olga even selected a few items I recommended. I never felt lost because my team did a great job at keeping me up to date on all of the lingo and terminology that they were using.

It was an amazing first three days at work and I am looking forward to diving into the analytical side of the buying process. I am so curious and I already have hundreds of questions to ask. This truly has been an opportunity of a lifetime and I feel so blessed to be here in New York in addition to working for such an amazing corporation.

New York intimidated me at first, but I am learning and finding my way around just fine. I have always enjoyed the fast pace lifestyle and I feel like I fit in here. I’ve also tackled the subway a few times by myself and I am starting to feel like a true New Yorker.

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.

During my time with Nike this summer, one of my favorite experiences was the opportunity to meet and hear the inspiring journey that each individual took to get to where they are now. There were so many incredible stories that truly inspired me, yet there was one in particular that really stood out. I would like to introduce you to Amy Jo Williamson. Continue reading

I’m a senior at the University of Arizona in the Retailing and Consumer Sciences major with a minor in Fashion Retailing. I’m also a full time student athlete competing in the pole vault, a member of the TJLC’s Student Advisory Board and a student leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This summer I will be a Merchandising intern for the Jordan brand of Nike in Beaverton, OR. I’m so excited for it!

While I know I am not able to see your response, in your mind raise your hand if you have ever felt like you were sitting in a class asking yourself why am I here? Why do I have to take this class? Am I ever going to use this in the real life? How does this relate to what I really want to do? Continue reading

I’m a senior at the University of Arizona in the Retailing and Consumer Sciences major with a minor in Fashion Retailing. I’m also a full time student athlete competing in the pole vault, a member of the TJLC’s Student Advisory Board and a student leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This summer I will be a Merchandising intern for the Jordan brand of Nike in Beaverton, OR. I’m so excited for it!

Sitting down to write my final blog entry for the summer is bittersweet. I am excited to return to the University of Arizona and finish my last semester of school, but I am also sad to have had to say “see you later” to all of the wonderful people I have met this summer. My time at Macy’s was an experience I will value for a lifetime and I have met people along the way that I know will be instrumental in my journey through life. I am truly so grateful I had this awesome opportunity! Continue reading

I am a senior at The University of Arizona studying Retailing and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. I am also a coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Peer Mentor program. This summer I am a store management intern with Macy’s at the Biltmore Fashion Park in sunny Phoenix. When I’m not at home with my dachshunds, you can find me daydreaming about the beach or waiting in line at the nearest Starbucks for a trenta peach green tea.

One of the highlights of my summer as a Macy’s intern was attending our intern summit in Los Angeles, California last week. Once in California I spent time learning about next steps with Macy’s and getting to know other Store Management Interns. I met interns from California, Arizona and Hawaii. It was so awesome to be able to discuss our experiences and learn more about different Macy’s stores across the U.S. Continue reading

I am a senior at The University of Arizona studying Retailing and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. I am also a coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Peer Mentor program. This summer I am a store management intern with Macy’s at the Biltmore Fashion Park in sunny Phoenix. When I’m not at home with my dachshunds, you can find me daydreaming about the beach or waiting in line at the nearest Starbucks for a trenta peach green tea.