2017 Intern Spotlight – Destinee Cooper!
2017 Intern Spotlight – Destinee Cooper!

Destinee Cooper

Buying Intern in Men's for Bealls Outlet

 

Hometown, university, year, on campus activities and major:

I am from Jacksonville, FL, and I am a senior Business Administration major at Florida A & M University (FAMU).

During my time at FAMU, I have been a part of the Trio Scholarly Associates Organization, where I am either in the Trio lab studying or volunteering with my peers throughout the Tallahassee community. Also, in my major, I attend several activities such as Forum and Close-Up, which involves various forms of interaction with corporate guests, and Professional Development. The main primary company that I am involved in, within my major, is called Social Labs, where I manage students and assist corporate guests who are offering career opportunities at the networking receptions.

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

Growing up in Florida, I have always known about the Bealls Stores and Outlets, and the great prices the company continues to offer its customers. I found out about Bealls internship through the career fair website. After doing extensive research about the company and finding out more about their mission, culture, and the endless opportunities Bealls has to offer, I knew this was an internship worth pursuing. I have always been passionate about the retail industry. I have worked within the industry for several years now as a sales associate. The Bealls internship is the perfect opportunity that would give me the proper exposure and learning experience into the retail industry and help me utilize my current sales experience towards building a successful career in retail.

What classes prepare you for this internship?

Principles of Management, Marketing, and Professional Development classes have all played a vital role in preparing me for this internship. The Principles of Management course has been the most beneficial by helping me understand the business side of retail, and most importantly, the customer perspective and the target market. Professional Development classes have introduced me to business etiquette, networking, and building relationships in the corporate environment.

What projects are you currently working on during your internship and how will this experience benefit you in the future?

I am half way through my internship and I have already been exposed to numerous parts that play a major role in being a buyer. My daily work consists of analyzing merchant reports such as KPI reports, traffic light, on order, and open to buy. Each report has helped me understand how the chain is performing, and also going more in depth to how the individual department and buyer is doing overall. I have also, in my daily work, completed purchase orders. I have attended vendor meetings and have gone comp shopping to look at similar products of competitors to negotiate price points with vendors. The current projects that I am working on now are development for children's private brand, and new ideas on how to evolve the children's department in mega stores as well as cost benefit analysis. This has been an incredible experience, thus far, and will go a long way into helping me as I passionately pursue my retail career.

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Hannah Wetzler

Retail management Intern for Bealls Outlet

 

Hometown, university, year, on campus activities and major:

I am from Woodstock, GA, and I am going to be a senior starting this Fall at the University of Georgia. My major is Management with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Communications. While at UGA, I have had a few part time jobs including serving, being a hostess, and more recently a lifeguard/swim instructor at the YMCA. I've enjoyed working with different people and learning new skills whether it be customer service or CPR.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

My family and I have shopped at Bealls since I was a child, and my mom was so excited when I got the internship. This internship really interested me because of the broad scope of management experience I would gain from it. While I would like to find myself in a human resource position in my future, I think it's important to learn other aspects of business first, and to build my knowledge of what all management includes.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

While I have not taken any specific retail classes, many of my basic management and pre-requisite classes have prepared me for this internship. Accounting and Finance have helped me with the money-based tasks, spreadsheets, and the audit. And my Communication classes have allowed me to determine more efficient ways to collaborate with both customers and other employees.

 

What projects are you currently working on during your internship and how will this experience benefit you in the future?

I am currently working on a PowerPoint about communication and feedback in the workplace for the district manager's Back to School presentation. I also work on smaller projects for the store I am working in. For example, last week two other interns and I thought of ideas to improve the efficient freight process in our store and presented our ideas to the manager. Our main project, however, is to research and brainstorm ideas that our competition is doing that we can implement in our stores. The main experience I am getting from completing these projects is the ability to present my findings and projects in a formal and professional format.

2017 Intern Spotlight – Hannah Wetzler!
June 16, 2017

Aspen Fairchild

Retail Management Intern for Bealls Outlet

 

 

Hometown, university, year, on campus activities and major:

I am a fourth year Accounting major at the University of Georgia. Although I live in Athens, Georgia full-time now I consider Northern California my home after living there for 13 years (I moved to Georgia for my senior year of high school!). I am heavily involved with the fashion scene here in Athens from organizing fashion shows to editing a style blog for a local organization called My Athens. My campus activities are limited to classes but off campus I'm really into photography.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

As someone that has always been into fashion, I'm consistently drawn to retail and the many facets of the industry. The Retail Management Internship at Bealls Outlet provided a way to explore several of these facets on both the store and corporate level that I found very intriguing. I consider myself to be both a very creative and analytical person so I love getting to tap into both of these sides every day in the store.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

My entire major has definitely helped me look at things in an analytical way so I'm constantly thinking of ways different operations could run more efficiently. Some specific classes that have helped me thus far include Retail Math, Cost Accounting, Principles of Accounting, and Professional Accounting.

 

What projects are you currently working on during your internship and how will this experience benefit you in the future?

We are currently working on a number of projects that focus on increasing the efficiency, cleanliness and presentation of the store. One specific project is focusing on reorganzing our stockroom in a way that increases our store's CPH and motivates our employees to put out freight faster. Improving store operations, such as truck processing, is something I know I will constantly deal with in my career. Developing a mindset that always aims to better operations is a very valuable tool in the workplace and it's a skill that I'm consistently working on thanks to this internship.

2017 Intern Spotlight – Aspen Fairchild!
June 16, 2017

Allison White

Bealls Outlet Retail Management Intern

 

Hometown, university, year, on campus activities and major:

I am from Tyler, TX and study Retail Management at Texas Tech University. I will be going into my senior year this coming fall semester. On campus, I am involved in Tech Retail Association and a service sorority, Fashion Board, where I serve as president.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

Being from Texas I did not know much about Bealls as a company. When I found the application for the internship online I began to look into the company and found that the values of the company seemed to align with my own. What really made me want to come to Bealls was when I interviewed. Every person I encountered was welcoming and friendly. This gave me a sense of belonging and made me excited to make my journey out to Georgia for the internship.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

I have taken many classes that have prepared me for this internship including Retail promotion, contemporary issues in retailing, and professional practices in retailing. The retail promotion class gave me the most knowledge of visual merchandising and fixtures to be used on the store floor. Just in my first week, I saw things that I had learned in class being implemented on the floor.

 

What projects are you currently working on during your internship and how will this experience benefit you in the future?

The other interns at my store and I are working on a project to be presented to the corporate office. We are looking at missed business opportunities and what new ideas Bealls can implement at the store level. Also, I was assigned the kids department at my specific store in Winder, GA to maintain and reflow during my internship. Both projects will give me great experience that I will able to show and talk about in the future. Overall learning all the store operations while still having communication with corporate is exactly what I was looking for in an internship.

2017 Intern Spotlight – Allison White!
June 13, 2017

Luke Bera

Store Operations Intern for Bealls/Burkes Outlet

 

Hometown, university, year, on campus activities and major:

I'm originally from the cold, cold state of Michigan, and was born and raised in a town called Rockford just outside of the Grand Rapids area. I am pursuing a Fashion Merchandising Degree at Central Michigan University (Fire up chips!!!) and minoring in Marketing. I'm a senior graduating in the upcoming spring and could not be more excited! I'm on the Lacrosse team for CMU, a representative for the Fashion Merchandising and Design Club (FAMD), as well as a Coach for Special Olympics on our campus. I also was a runway model for our Fashion Show last year, and a marketing and logistics committee representative this past year. During this past semester, I was a campus ambassador for Serengetee Clothing, which was a lot of fun.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

I've spent almost every Christmas down in our condo on Anna Maria Island so Bealls has always been that family store we make at least one trip to add some cool home stuff to our house down here. One of my classmates, Emily Freeman, also completed this internship last year and recommended I should check it out because it would be a great fit for my personality.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

I've taken too many marketing classes to count that have helped me with business communication amongst coworkers and even consumers. I would be nowhere without most of my fashion classes including Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, Consumer Behavior, Fashion Industry, Buyer Behavior, Personal Selling, Communications Marketing, Luxury Brand Management, and my Intro to Internship class.

 

What projects are you currently working on during your internship and how will this experience benefit you in the future?

My awesome group has been assigned the "love to work, love to shop" program and we are brainstorming some effective ideas more specifically towards the employee dress code as well as the customer loyalty and rewards program. This Internship is allowing me to use all of my skills I've gained in my college career in a real world setting, as well as practicing group communication and work within a work place setting. I'm so excited to be a part of this internship and to see what kind of doors this will open up for me!

 

2017 Intern Spotlight – Luke Bera!