Buying Intern in Men's for Bealls
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
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.