As a merchandising intern at Nike this summer, I was able to learn from an amazing community of individuals. I was placed on the Global Nike Sportswear Merchandising team and focused most of my time on footwear. Coming into the internship I had very little knowledge into the day-to-day activities of a merchant. I also didn’t know how much I would grow as an individual outside of my professional development.
The Center offers dynamic and interactive professional development activities and learning experiences that help inspire the next generation of retail experts. It’s through these fresh opportunities that students gain the knowledge, expertise and technological savvy to become leaders in industry.
My summer internship was incredible! I have been immersed in what I anticipate and hope will be my future: the job title, the work, the city. I learned so much about not only the profession I aspire to work in but also about my work habits and the environments I thrive in. My Retailing and Consumer Sciences course work provided me with tools that made me knowledgeable about the “brand” behind a company, how to gain consumer attention, and how to manage a company’s strategic direction. Working in Los Angeles for D2Publicity – a company that represents many retailers - I realized how impo
This summer, I was offered an amazing internship with a well-respected home décor company located in San Francisco, CA. I was selected to work with the Pottery Barn Kids Merchandising team, and I was excited to start my journey with the company. While I had a vague idea of what merchandising was, I did not know what to expect on a daily basis. I accepted the position because after hearing the general description, I knew that I would have the opportunity to work with a variety of departments within the company, and I would be able to explore all types of different career opportunities.
I had changed my major twice before I came to the retail program – turns out this was a great choice for me. The reason I chose the retailing and consumer sciences program is because the courses they offered are very dedicated for a career in the retailing industry: you can go into merchandising, marketing, buying, product development, supply chain and E-commerce, etc. The Terry J. Lundgren Center staff really works hard to keep your best interests and future in mind.
My name is Audrey Caldwell and I'm a senior studying Retailing and Consumer Sciences, and also hold the Vice Chair position on the TJLC Student Advisory Board. Recently, I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the Las Vegas Souvenir and Gift show through the National Association of Retail Buyers scholarship I was awarded. Members from the NARB board were extremely hospitable and flew me as well as two other recipients out, and planned two busy days filled with shadowing the best buyers in the souvenir industry.