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

I am an eight year veteran of the United States Army. I served my country as a Forward Observer during two tours - in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am a senior at the University of Arizona and will be graduating December 2016 with a B.S. in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. This summer I'm working as a Merchandising/Buying intern at REI's corporate headquarters in Kent, WA.

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 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.

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

I am an eight year veteran of the United States Army. I served my country as a Forward Observer during two tours - in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am a senior at the University of Arizona and will be graduating December 2016 with a B.S. in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. This summer I'm working as a Merchandising/Buying intern at REI's corporate headquarters in Kent, WA.

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

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!

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

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.

After hearing the term ‘Sneakerhead’ for years, I always assumed that I had a pretty good understanding of what exactly that meant and who sneakerheads really were.  Yet as I quickly discovered, I had a lot to learn!  My first three weeks of working in the Jordan Brand for Nike has opened my eyes to a whole new world and a completely different kind of consumer.  When I first received news that I would be working with Jordan’s Retro brand footwear with a focus on the North American marketplace for the summer, I was overjoyed.  I could not be more excited! Initially though I had some nerves. As a runner (or in my case, a jumper) I have always had a profound love for shoes.  With that being said, by no means was I deserving of the title, Sneakerhead. 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!

My first week at Macy’s was nothing short of amazing!  I am assigned to the Ready to Wear (RTW) department, which consists of nearly the entire second floor of our store.  The Ready to Wear department includes women’s fashions such as: Ralph Lauren, INC, Alfani, Free People, Lucky, Eileen Fisher, Vince Camuto, BCBG, Sanctuary and Michael Kors among many others.  My mentor, Adrienne, has worked at Macy’s for 15 years in various management and non-management positions.  She is currently the RTW Sales Manager at the Biltmore.  We work really well together and everyday we learn something new about one another.  Last week I was able to participate in a store “Deep Dive” and work during a huge sale day. 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.