Entering week 5 of my internship seems surreal, the time has completely flown by! As I have progressed through this journey over the last few weeks I have become aware of some very important things. I have developed a “morning mantra” of sorts. I like to call it being “FAMEous.” Now, before you think I’m telling you how to become an overnight YouTube sensation, let me explain what I mean. Continue reading
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.
When beginning the application processes for internships last fall, one of the thoughts I often pondered with each company I interviewed with was what it would be like living in a different state where I knew virtually no one. Between the five different companies I applied to, all of them were in states far from the two vastly different places I call home in Tucson, AZ and now Raleigh, NC. Even so, for the opportunity to be with the company I dreamed of interning (and hopefully one day working for) since I first took my recruiting visit to the U of A, I knew no matter what happened, it would be well worth it. Continue reading
When this summer began I told myself that I would always pursue opportunities even if it caused me to have to operate outside of my comfort zone. Not knowing all of the process and procedures that come with the role I hold here at REI, I at times find myself walking a thin line. See, I have been given a project that has allowed me to work with some level of ambiguity, and with that ambiguity comes the unknown. Continue reading
My third week at Macy’s was crazy, but fun! The big focus of the week was merchandising. My fellow intern and I (shown in the accompanying photograph) had the opportunity to shadow the Merchandise Team Manager (MTM) and her team. This was a fun change of pace that provided me with new insight on how merchandise is delivered and arranged in store. Continue reading
I thought it would be a nice change of pace this week to go into a bit of my experience of getting accustomed to living in a city I had never even visited prior to my arrival at the end of May. Of course like anything you do for the first time, there are a bevy of emotions involved. You have the excitement and trepidation of the unknown, the general thought of how you think it will be as well as the uncomfortable notion that nothing is going to be familiar. Continue reading
After attending a diversity workshop with my fellow Nike undergrad and graduate interns, one big take away from the event was the importance of establishing a work life balance. At Nike, not only do they say they value maintaining a life outside of work, they actually encourage and help their employees be able to step away from their job and have some fun. In other words, they put their money where their mouth is. Keeping that in mind, my fourth week at Nike was quite eventful in all the right ways. Continue reading
As I prepare to tackle my third week at Macy’s, I am realizing just how much the TJLC and RCSC major has set me up for success. This week I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given as an RCSC student; I am so proud to tell everyone I meet that I am a retail student at the TJLC. So, there are two things I would like to stress to my fellow students: don’t underestimate the value of your education and brand yourself! Continue reading