Terry J. Lundgren Center Student Programs

Our student programming connects our partners' expertise and current industry insights with the next generation of leaders. Through engagement in these programs, students build relationships to launch careers with employers who discover and help develop talent early.  The Lundgren Center's student programs encourage learners from across the UA campus to aspire to be the  rising stars of retail, whether their interests lie in buying, design, e-commerce, logistics, merchandising, product development, security, analytics or any other of the many disciplines vital to today’s retailing and consumer science professions.  We seek out exciting real-word competitive projects, industry marketing competitions and provide meaningful scholarships awarded for leadership, academic excellence and financial need.

Retail Innovation Lab

Through our partnerships with select Retailing organizations, the Terry J. Lundgren Center Retail Innovation Lab aims to expand the boundaries of retailing with innovation and research, and is an initiative of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing (TJLC) at the University of Arizona in partnership with the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management with the support of other university organizations.

The consulting lab - the initial effort of the Retail Innovation Lab - brings together a group of faculty and undergraduate and graduate students focused on developing a deep analytical understanding of a company’s specific challenges and opportunities and collaboratively exploring innovative solutions and approaches to them. 

The Retail Innovation Lab’s second initiative is to create a real world store lab in which associated faculty, students and clients can work together to develop and test in-store customer engagement strategies with real products and real customers in a live market environment.  With this store lab changing monthly with an entirely new environment, testing objectives and associated findings, the resulting insights provided to Lab partners will be significant.

Our focus is on working with our clients to identify and articulate their needs based on current and future risks and strategies and given the evolving industry, competitive and customer landscape. 

A core group of students and faculty drawn from the retailing and consumer sciences program and other appropriate disciplines will help develop the initial foundational knowledge for the project.  This will include utilizing a variety of design-thinking tools including visualization, journey mapping, value chain analysis, concept development, assumption testing, and customer co-creation.  As a project advances, its work may expand or pivot that may lead to its scope evolving and its team characteristics shifting. 

The end objective is always to provide actionable strategies and solutions for the client.

Through our partnerships with select Retailing organizations, the Terry J. Lundgren Center Retail Innovation Lab aims to expand the boundaries of retailing with innovation and research.

Emerging Talent Recruitment Conference

The Emerging Talent Recruitment Conference (ETRC) is an annual recruiting opportunity exclusively for students studying within the retailing and consumer sciences major. Each fall, the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing hosts several of our Center Partners for this unique talent recruitment event which allows students to jump start their internship and full-time career searches. In one day, students are able to listen to, learn from and mingle with the college recruitment and merchandise personnel at participating Partner companies. This is much more than a traditional career fair with opportunities to engage with company recruiters and executives in small group settings, intimate networking events over breakfast and lunch and informative presentations. Read More and Register!

The Emerging Talent Recruitment Conference (ETRC) is an annual recruiting opportunity exclusively for students studying within the retailing and consumer sciences major. Each fall, the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing hosts several of our Center Partners for this unique talent recruitment event which allows students to jump start their internship and full-time career searches.

National Retail Federation

The Terry J. Lundgren Center is the University of Arizona's connection to the NRF Foundation's excellent programs for developing student talent and providing visibility to retail careers. A student team will represent the UA in a national case study competition and we support student applications for the NRF Next Generation and Ray Greenly scholarship programs.

The Terry J. Lundgren Center is the University of Arizona's connection to the NRF Foundation's excellent programs for developing student talent and providing visibility to retail careers. A student team will represent the UA in a national case study competition and we support student applications for the NRF Next Generation and Ray Greenly scholarship programs.

Scholarship Awards Program

High achieveing UA students interview with Macy's Chief of Stores and YMA board member Peter Sachse and those selected submit a case study for consideration for $5,000 and an expense paid trip to the Fashion Scholarship Fund gala held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel. One of the UA scholars will be selected to submit another case for a chance to win a Geoffrey Beane National Scholarship Award of up to $30,000.

High achieveing UA students interview with Macy's Chief of Stores and YMA board member Peter Sachse and those selected submit a case study for consideration for $5,000 and an expense paid trip to the Fashion Scholarship Fund gala held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

New York City Study Tour

Each January, up to 20 UA students travel with the TJLC to engage with executives at the National Retail Federation's Big Show and glimpse the action behind the scenes with UA almuni working in the business of fashion in New York City.

Each January, up to 20 UA students travel with the TJLC to engage with executives at the National Retail Federation's Big Show and glimpse the action behind the scenes with UA almuni working in the business of fashion in New York City.

Who's Managing the Store?

Store leaders and students connect to explore careers in retail store management. Students leave with new insight into how their passion for people and product connect to provide dynamic career opportunities.

Store leaders and students connect to explore careers in retail store management. Students leave with new insight into how their passion for people and product connect to provide dynamic career opportunities.

Home Depot Marketing Challenge

Students compete in teams to apply their knowledge of retail and fashion trends as well as products, consumers and marketing to recommend a new product for the Home Depot’s private label décor line.

Students compete in teams to apply their knowledge of retail and fashion trends as well as products, consumers and marketing to recommend a new product for the Home Depot’s private label décor line.

PetSmart Product Lifecycle Tour

PetSmart executives lead students through the process of how an idea becomes a private-label product on the store shelves, including tours of the company's store support group, merchandise staging, distribution center and behind-the-scenes at the store.

PetSmart executives lead students through the process of how an idea becomes a private-label product on the store shelves, including tours of the company's store support group, merchandise staging, distribution center and behind-the-scenes at the store.

Fitting In While Standing Out

Students and retail executives gathered to engage in an all-day disucssion of why diversity matters for people and profit. Topics included inclusive leadership, intergenerational dynamics, the importance of mentorship, and issues of particular interest to women in leadership roles and LGTBQ professionals. Sponsored by Target with support from Macy's, Altria, JCPenney, PetSmart and Nike. 

Students and retail executives gathered to engage in an all-day disucssion of why diversity matters for people and profit. Topics included inclusive leadership, intergenerational dynamics, the importance of mentorship, and issues of particular interest to women in leadership roles and LGTBQ professionals. Sponsored by Target with support from Macy's, Altria, JCPenney, PetSmart and Nike.