SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2017
Operations Intern for Bealls Stores
university, year, on campus activities and major:
I am from
Melbourne, FL and I am entering my senior year at Florida State University. I
am majoring in Retail, Merchandising, and Product Development with a General
Business minor. On campus, I just finished my third year with the
Inter-Residence Hall Council, an organization that promotes leadership,
community, and advocacy in the residence halls.
year I had the opportunity to serve on the Executive Board as the Assistant
Director of Finance for the organization. This year I have the opportunity to
serve as a Career Center Ambassador, where I will market and promote events,
and work at the career fairs and employer information sessions.
you to the Bealls Internship?
summer I began working for Bealls as a Sales
Associate in the Melbourne store to gain retail experience.
immediately loved the atmosphere that I experienced in the store.
was so supportive of each other and truly cared for one another.
this was a company I wanted to pursue a long-term career with.
came time to search for a summer internship, the first company that came to
mind was Bealls. I was fortunate enough to receive an
offer in the inaugural year of the Store Operations Internship with Bealls. It has been a perfect fit since day one, and I am
very excited to continue to learn more in the second half of the internship.
classes prepare you for this internship?
Retail, Merchandising, and Product Development major,
exposure to all aspects of retail through my classes.
classes that pertain to store practices such as
Principles' that provides an overview of many retail businesses and management
as a whole and 'Visual Merchandising Strategies' where we have a mock store
that we get to set up using the merchandising principles and techniques we have
studied in class. These classes and others have helped me as I do certain tasks
throughout the internship. The major goes into other areas of study including
product development classes and textile science classes.
also exposes us to standard business classes such as marketing, economics, and
financial accounting that have helped with reading some of the store reports.
projects are you currently working on during your internship and how will this
experience benefit you in the future?
done many Team Sales Leader (TSL) shifts in each store throughout the store
TSL shifts, I have observed associates' behaviors on the sales floor and
coached them on how to engage with our guests. Also, I educated associates on
how to achieve a higher percentage per transaction rates for both credit
applications and Coast2Coast sign-ups. I have also had a large impact with
store, I have taken some time to help associates with the language of the
loyalty program and have helped them with any problems they encounter on the
POS system. I have also learned about the hiring/onboarding processes and have
just begun the visual and merchandising processes with products.
All of the
information I have learned will help me in the future, as my first milestone is
to become a Store Manager. A store manager needs to know how to interact with their
employees, present the merchandise in a compelling way, and relate to the
guests shopping in the stores. All of my experiences thus far in the internship
have been preparing me for my future role.