Terry J. Lundgren Center Student Experience

Our partners' internships and the Lundgren Center's leadership programs prepare today’s UA students to aspire to become tomorrow’s retailing VIPs.

New York City Study Tour 2018

I had the opportunity to travel to New York City with the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA) in January 2018. It was such an enjoyable and impactful experience that opened my eyes to all that the Big Apple has to offer. Before going on the trip, I had my mind set on pursuing a specific career path, but this trip helped me to discover the many different roles available in the retail industry. Our time was composed of a study tour, the NRF Student Program, and the NRF Retail’s Big Show. We were also given some free time to explore the city and have fun! During free time I visited the MoMA, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and even got to see Wicked on Broadway, a total dream come true. Not only was it a cool and exciting experience, but also a great opportunity to supplement the information learned in RCSC courses at the U of A.

The study tour included Winston Retail, REI SoHo, Nike SoHo, Global Brands Group, and Macy’s Herald Square. Each retailer shared with us about how their company runs, how they uniquely stay competitive in the changing retail landscape, and lastly they happily answered any questions we had. I walked away from each stop on the tour with wise words of advice from the executives who so graciously took time out of their schedules to meet with us. Some highlights from the tour include checking out the in-store experiences at Nike SoHo, visiting the Empire State Building to learn about brand management with Global Brands Group, and having lunch with the main man himself, Terry Lundgren at Macy’s Herald Square.

The NRF Student Program was packed full of inspiring speakers and information sessions on excelling as a professional individual in the retail industry. My favorite speakers included Shark Tank’s Daymond John who motivated me to “Rise and Grind” and Rachel Schechtman of STORY who shared her unique and creative vision. Next we met with executive mentors in small groups which was a great opportunity to network and to ask any burning questions. The NRF Student Program was concluded with a career fair filled recruiters from companies we know and love like Disney, Warby Parker, Target, Nordstom, and more. The last day we attended Retail’s Big Show, the world’s largest retail conference that is filled to the brim with the biggest names in retail and the latest and greatest ideas. It was so inspirational to hear from some of the most impactful players in the industry and to get a glimpse into what’s next in retail. I can confidently say that I left this trip feeling motivated to work hard in my classes, gain all the experience I can, and to prepare myself for a future career in the industry I love.

Olivia Niccum
Retailing and Consumer Sciences Major
2018

I had the opportunity to travel to New York City with the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA) in January 2018.

Gloria Andrews
San Francisco Study Tour 2018

It was a privilege to be selected to represent The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing on a study tour to San Francisco to meet with various companies and partners at their headquarters and flagships in the city. Over the week, we were graciously hosted by companies such as: Winston Retail, Dyson, Nestlé Nespresso, Target Open House, Allbirds, Shinola, Levi Strauss & Co., Macy’s, Gap, Walmart eCommerce, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Pottery Barn, and Taylor Stitch. We had the opportunity to speak with employees about their current roles and their impressions of the company, to hear from UA graduates and their transition to San Francisco life in the retail world, as well as a founder and high-level executives on their journeys to their successes. I particularly enjoyed hearing from people in roles that I hope to be in one day. It helps to create your own vision when you can see what it looks like, believe you can do as they do, and project a possible future for yourself.

I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to explore San Francisco as well. Since this was my first time visiting this iconic city, I arrived a day early and took full advantage of our free time in the evenings to get some well-known sightseeing done. I was thrilled to see and walk the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy Golden Gate Park and learn about San Francisco’s history. Fellow study tour travelers and I took a boat tour in the bay, under the bridge and around Alcatraz, we dined on fresh seafood and bread bowls on Fisherman’s Wharf, visited Lombard Street, and walked the famous Pier 39. Aside from all the fun we had together, we realized that we were also learning from each other in conversations about the retail industry and our individual perspectives from the company visits, and perhaps got just as much out of our free time as we did from the study part of our tour.

I thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and I highly encourage everyone to apply for it. Truthfully, I had never considered San Francisco as a possible future career destination until now. Given the right opportunity, I would strongly consider it after this tour. The time we spent was inspiring and the immersion behind the scenes gave a wonderfully personal feel for company culture. This tour provided the opportunity to learn, to network, experience a new city, and create new friendships. A special thanks to the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and the hard working hands of Scott and Kylee for making this possible; I am grateful to have been a part of it.  

Gloria Andrews
Majoring in Retailing and Consumer Sciences.
Double minors in Business Administration and Spanish.
Merchandise Product Development degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Member of the National Retail Federation Student Association, TREND: Fashion Club, and the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing Innovation Lab

It was a privilege to be selected to represent The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing on a study tour to San Francisco to meet with various companies and partners at their headquarters and flagships in the city.

Unique Opportunities for Students

Get involved with the Lundgren Center and be a part of opportunities that are only available to Retailing and Consumer Sciences majors!  Hear from these students on how their Lundgren Center experiences helped shape their future careers!

Learn more! - https://youtu.be/OuiAnhI8NEw

The Lundgren Center is for Students!

Get involved with the Lundgren Center and be a part of opportunities that are only available to Retailing and Consumer Sciences majors!  Hear from these students on how their Lundgren Center experiences helped shape their future careers!

National Scholarships

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala, meeting Macy's Peter Sachse, and attending the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry. I was truly inspired to recognize how retail has fostered a widespread support network of individuals from different companies and I took away an important lesson in the power of collectiveness for a common cause. As a finalist for the NRF Next Generation Scholarship, I met four other passionate retail students... we shared insightful conversations about the future of the retail industry and from these conversations I learned the value in motivational friendships and collaboration.  These experience put into perspective how intertwined our paths are with other like-minded innovators who share the same love for the art and science of retail.

Melanie Weber, RCSC December 2014

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala, meeting Macy's Peter Sachse, and attending the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry.

Students networking with Recruiters

Students networking with Recruiters at the annual Big Networking Event.

Meet Recruiters at the Big Networking Event

Students networking with Recruiters at the annual Big Networking Event.

Melanie Weber

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala and the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry. I was truly inspired to recognize how retail has fostered a widespread support network of individuals from different companies and I took away an important lesson in the power of collectiveness for a common cause. As a finalist for the NRF Next Generation Scholarship, I met four other passionate retail students... we shared insightful conversations about the future of the retail industry and from these conversations I learned the value in motivational friendships and collaboration. These experience put into perspective how intertwined our paths are with other like-minded innovators who share the same love for the art and science of retail."

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala and the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry.

Entrepreneurship

“I really value my Enactus experience working with TMM Family Services to increase profits in their ReStore Outlet, which sells building materials, furniture and appliances to the public at a discount to raise funds to support programs for women and children in transition. Working with TMM has given me a passion to work with non-profits in the future. I have seen how my retail degree can be used to help others and I will always be thankful for this!” - Esther Bee, RCSC May 2015

“I really value my Enactus experience working with TMM Family Services to increase profits in their ReStore Outlet, which sells building materials, furniture and appliances to the public at a d

RCSC students

RCSC students talk about their experience with the Terry J Lundgren Center

RCSC Major

RCSC students talk about their experience with the Terry J Lundgren Center

In Market Learning Experiences

Audrey Caldwell, Cody Villanueva and Lindsey Walsh will receive the Tracy Barlow Memorial scholarship from the National Retail Buyers Association and attend the National Souvenir and Gift Show in Las Vegas this September to shadow NARB board members at market.

Audrey Caldwell, Cody Villanueva and Lindsey Walsh will receive the Tracy Barlow Memorial scholarship from the National Retail Buyers Association and attend the National Souvenir and Gift Show in L

Getting started in Retail

Students give advice on how to get started with a career in the Retailing industry.

RCSC Students Advice for Career Success

Students give advice on how to get started with a career in the Retailing industry.

MAGIC Las Vegas

TREND students attended the MAGIC Women's Wear trade show in Las Vegas.

TREND Experiences Magic Market Week

TREND students attended the MAGIC Women's Wear trade show in Las Vegas.

Lauren Bond, Nike Intern 2014, RCSC May 2015.

Chelsea, Mykaylin,Gabrielle and I captured this photo with the CEO of Nike, Mark Parker. We were at a parade for Nike and he was casually walking behind us! Sweetest man ever.

Chelsea, Mykaylin,Gabrielle and I captured this photo with the CEO of Nike, Mark Parker. We were at a parade for Nike and he was casually walking behind us! Sweetest man ever.

New York City Study Tour 2018

I had the opportunity to travel to New York City with the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA) in January 2018. It was such an enjoyable and impactful experience that opened my eyes to all that the Big Apple has to offer. Before going on the trip, I had my mind set on pursuing a specific career path, but this trip helped me to discover the many different roles available in the retail industry. Our time was composed of a study tour, the NRF Student Program, and the NRF Retail’s Big Show. We were also given some free time to explore the city and have fun! During free time I visited the MoMA, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and even got to see Wicked on Broadway, a total dream come true. Not only was it a cool and exciting experience, but also a great opportunity to supplement the information learned in RCSC courses at the U of A.

The study tour included Winston Retail, REI SoHo, Nike SoHo, Global Brands Group, and Macy’s Herald Square. Each retailer shared with us about how their company runs, how they uniquely stay competitive in the changing retail landscape, and lastly they happily answered any questions we had. I walked away from each stop on the tour with wise words of advice from the executives who so graciously took time out of their schedules to meet with us. Some highlights from the tour include checking out the in-store experiences at Nike SoHo, visiting the Empire State Building to learn about brand management with Global Brands Group, and having lunch with the main man himself, Terry Lundgren at Macy’s Herald Square.

The NRF Student Program was packed full of inspiring speakers and information sessions on excelling as a professional individual in the retail industry. My favorite speakers included Shark Tank’s Daymond John who motivated me to “Rise and Grind” and Rachel Schechtman of STORY who shared her unique and creative vision. Next we met with executive mentors in small groups which was a great opportunity to network and to ask any burning questions. The NRF Student Program was concluded with a career fair filled recruiters from companies we know and love like Disney, Warby Parker, Target, Nordstom, and more. The last day we attended Retail’s Big Show, the world’s largest retail conference that is filled to the brim with the biggest names in retail and the latest and greatest ideas. It was so inspirational to hear from some of the most impactful players in the industry and to get a glimpse into what’s next in retail. I can confidently say that I left this trip feeling motivated to work hard in my classes, gain all the experience I can, and to prepare myself for a future career in the industry I love.

Olivia Niccum
Retailing and Consumer Sciences Major
2018

I had the opportunity to travel to New York City with the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA) in January 2018.

Gloria Andrews
San Francisco Study Tour 2018 Gloria Andrews

It was a privilege to be selected to represent The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing on a study tour to San Francisco to meet with various companies and partners at their headquarters and flagships in the city. Over the week, we were graciously hosted by companies such as: Winston Retail, Dyson, Nestlé Nespresso, Target Open House, Allbirds, Shinola, Levi Strauss & Co., Macy’s, Gap, Walmart eCommerce, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Pottery Barn, and Taylor Stitch. We had the opportunity to speak with employees about their current roles and their impressions of the company, to hear from UA graduates and their transition to San Francisco life in the retail world, as well as a founder and high-level executives on their journeys to their successes. I particularly enjoyed hearing from people in roles that I hope to be in one day. It helps to create your own vision when you can see what it looks like, believe you can do as they do, and project a possible future for yourself.

I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to explore San Francisco as well. Since this was my first time visiting this iconic city, I arrived a day early and took full advantage of our free time in the evenings to get some well-known sightseeing done. I was thrilled to see and walk the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy Golden Gate Park and learn about San Francisco’s history. Fellow study tour travelers and I took a boat tour in the bay, under the bridge and around Alcatraz, we dined on fresh seafood and bread bowls on Fisherman’s Wharf, visited Lombard Street, and walked the famous Pier 39. Aside from all the fun we had together, we realized that we were also learning from each other in conversations about the retail industry and our individual perspectives from the company visits, and perhaps got just as much out of our free time as we did from the study part of our tour.

I thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and I highly encourage everyone to apply for it. Truthfully, I had never considered San Francisco as a possible future career destination until now. Given the right opportunity, I would strongly consider it after this tour. The time we spent was inspiring and the immersion behind the scenes gave a wonderfully personal feel for company culture. This tour provided the opportunity to learn, to network, experience a new city, and create new friendships. A special thanks to the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and the hard working hands of Scott and Kylee for making this possible; I am grateful to have been a part of it.  

Gloria Andrews
Majoring in Retailing and Consumer Sciences.
Double minors in Business Administration and Spanish.
Merchandise Product Development degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Member of the National Retail Federation Student Association, TREND: Fashion Club, and the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing Innovation Lab

It was a privilege to be selected to represent The Terry J.

Unique Opportunities for Students

Get involved with the Lundgren Center and be a part of opportunities that are only available to Retailing and Consumer Sciences majors!  Hear from these students on how their Lundgren Center experiences helped shape their future careers!

Learn more! - https://youtu.be/OuiAnhI8NEw

The Lundgren Center is for Students!

Get involved with the Lundgren Center and be a part of opportunities that are only available to Retailing and Consumer Sciences majors!  Hear from these students on how their Lundgren Center experi

National Scholarships

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala, meeting Macy's Peter Sachse, and attending the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry. I was truly inspired to recognize how retail has fostered a widespread support network of individuals from different companies and I took away an important lesson in the power of collectiveness for a common cause. As a finalist for the NRF Next Generation Scholarship, I met four other passionate retail students... we shared insightful conversations about the future of the retail industry and from these conversations I learned the value in motivational friendships and collaboration.  These experience put into perspective how intertwined our paths are with other like-minded innovators who share the same love for the art and science of retail.

Melanie Weber, RCSC December 2014

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala, meeting Macy's Peter Sachse, and attending the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry.

Students networking with Recruiters

Students networking with Recruiters at the annual Big Networking Event.

Meet Recruiters at the Big Networking Event

Students networking with Recruiters at the annual Big Networking Event.

Melanie Weber

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala and the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry. I was truly inspired to recognize how retail has fostered a widespread support network of individuals from different companies and I took away an important lesson in the power of collectiveness for a common cause. As a finalist for the NRF Next Generation Scholarship, I met four other passionate retail students... we shared insightful conversations about the future of the retail industry and from these conversations I learned the value in motivational friendships and collaboration. These experience put into perspective how intertwined our paths are with other like-minded innovators who share the same love for the art and science of retail."

"After attending the YMA FSF Gala and the National Retail Federation Big Show, I could not be more excited for my future in such an expansive industry.

Entrepreneurship

“I really value my Enactus experience working with TMM Family Services to increase profits in their ReStore Outlet, which sells building materials, furniture and appliances to the public at a discount to raise funds to support programs for women and children in transition. Working with TMM has given me a passion to work with non-profits in the future. I have seen how my retail degree can be used to help others and I will always be thankful for this!” - Esther Bee, RCSC May 2015

“I really value my Enactus experience working with TMM Family Services to increase profits in their ReStore Outlet, which sells building materials, furniture and appliances to the public at a d

RCSC students

RCSC students talk about their experience with the Terry J Lundgren Center

RCSC Major

RCSC students talk about their experience with the Terry J Lundgren Center

In Market Learning Experiences

Audrey Caldwell, Cody Villanueva and Lindsey Walsh will receive the Tracy Barlow Memorial scholarship from the National Retail Buyers Association and attend the National Souvenir and Gift Show in Las Vegas this September to shadow NARB board members at market.

Audrey Caldwell, Cody Villanueva and Lindsey Walsh will receive the Tracy Barlow Memorial scholarship from the National Retail Buyers Association and attend the National Souvenir and Gift Show in L

Getting started in Retail

Students give advice on how to get started with a career in the Retailing industry.

RCSC Students Advice for Career Success

Students give advice on how to get started with a career in the Retailing industry.

MAGIC Las Vegas

TREND students attended the MAGIC Women's Wear trade show in Las Vegas.

TREND Experiences Magic Market Week

TREND students attended the MAGIC Women's Wear trade show in Las Vegas.

Lauren Bond, Nike Intern 2014, RCSC May 2015.

Chelsea, Mykaylin,Gabrielle and I captured this photo with the CEO of Nike, Mark Parker. We were at a parade for Nike and he was casually walking behind us! Sweetest man ever.

Chelsea, Mykaylin,Gabrielle and I captured this photo with the CEO of Nike, Mark Parker. We were at a parade for Nike and he was casually walking behind us! Sweetest man ever.