2017 Intern Spotlight – Riley Cook!
2017 Intern Spotlight – Riley Cook!

BEALLS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2017

INTERN SPOTLIGHT

Riley Cook

Store Operations Intern for Burkes Outlet in North Carolina

 

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

I am from Randleman, NC, and I will be a senior in the fall for East Carolina University. I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. While at ECU, I became an active member in my sorority Alpha Delta Pi and in the Society for Human Resource Management. I have been able to develop my leadership, organizational, and communication skills during my time as a member in these clubs. I am ready to take on my senior year and begin preparing for the adult world. GO PIRATES! ARRGHHH!

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

Since I was 16 years old, I have always worked in retail and sales. I have always worked at the sales associate level, but never the management level. I have always lived in North Carolina and I knew about the Burke's Outlet store, but I never know about the origin of the Burkes Stores. When I was on the search for a summer internship, I attended a career fair that my university hosted. I saw my district manager, Robin Bennett, and she began talking to me about the internship. I felt such a strong connection to her and the program and I was so happy I was selected to intern for this company. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

I haven't taken specific retail classes, but my job experience in retail has helped me prepare for this internship. I was able to adjust to the internship very well and learn responsibilities fast. The classes that I have taken to help prepare for this internship are management classes, since my concentration is management. In my classes and in my internship I have been able to learn what kind of skills and qualities you need to have to be a good manager at a job. I can't wait to take the skills I have learned and use them in the future.

 

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

At the beginning of our internship, my intern group was assigned a project topic that had to do with retention strategies for employees. We have spent many hours working project and learning what Bealls/ Burkes Outlet does to help keep their employees. Along with our research, our district manager, Robin Bennett, assigned us a project to present at the Back to School meeting. The project topic was on feedback between managers and employees. After all this research on feedback and retention on employees I have gained a preview of what I should look for when I start working for a company full-time. I have grown a comfort of receiving feedback from my manager and giving feedback to my manager on my job performance as well. I am excited to present the final project to corporate on July 21st and take the knowledge I have gained from the research with me for the future.

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

 

I am from Hickory, a small city of about 40,000 in west central North Carolina, just at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I am a rising senior at East Carolina University majoring in business administration with a concentration in management.I am a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity where I currently hold the Risk Awareness position.I also am a member of the ECU chapter of the American Marketing Association, which has provided significant information regarding business practices.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

 

I was drawn to the Bealls organization after speaking with a Bealls District Manager at a career fair.It was obvious from our conversation that the expectations and accountability to which Bealls' holds their associates is consistent with my personal beliefs and work ethic.I had not previously worked in retail prior to this internship and have enjoyed the opportunity to experience this aspect of business. I believe gaining management experience in multiple different industries and fields will enhance my knowledge, allow me to further my career goals and better enable me to contribute to any team of which I am a part.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

 

The general business classes I have taken thus far allowed me to understand the industry specific vocabulary and generally how commerce and the retail industry operate.The management courses I have completed helped me understand the functions of a manager and how better to communicate and work with associates, specifically with regard to implementation of various management practices, depending on the needs of the individuals and the specific project involved.

 

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

 

My team of interns and I are working on a project dealing with employee retention rates at Bealls, Inc.We are analyzing the current methods being used in the corporation and the influence these practices are having on employees and their decision to remain a part of the Beall's workforce.We also have the common goal of creating White Space, which is the project name for an effort to provide new opportunities and ideas that could increase the probability of long term retention of Bealls associates and promotion within the organization.

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July 7, 2017

BEALLS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2017

INTERN SPOTLIGHT

Justice Miller

Store Operations Intern for Burkes Outlet in North Carolina

 

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

I am from Fayetteville, North Carolina and I'm a senior at East Carolina University majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing. The moment I came to East Carolina I was thoroughly enthused by the amount of on campus activities that were available to me. Since my first semester I have been constantly working with other organizations and participating in those activities on and off campus.

I'm a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, President of our Club Sports Boxing Club as well as the Marketing Chair for our Student Activates Board Entertainment Committee. In these last few years I have grown to love the variety and diversity ECU has to offer.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

When I met the District Manager for my area at our schools' career fair, there was something about her and the way she spoke to me that I was excited about. I didn't have any retail experience and it simply didn't matter to her. When I interviewed for the position, she was very honest and transparent with me about everything. I could see that Robin and I shared the same values and they were not just her values, they were the Bealls /Burkes values.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

Just about all of my pre-requisites courses and business courses have prepared me for this internship. Everything you do is based off how well you plan and manage your time, your ability to work with other people, and your understanding of what you are capable of doing on your own, and how well you can handle and interpret feedback and training from others.

 

What projects are you currently working on during your internship

and how will this experience benefit you in the future?

During this internship I have worked on my stores' collaborative presentation on How to Get and Give Feedback that we presented during our districts Back to School meeting, as well as many small projects throughout the store. Although we work in all areas of the store, I chose the Home department as my main area to work. During my internship I have learned how to merchandize and create eye-catching endcaps that push merchandise and give customers ideas on how to make our product their own.

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Brittany Taylor

Store Operations Intern for Burkes Outlet in North Carolina

 

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

This December I will graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from East Carolina University. My hometown of Ayden is just outside of Greenville where ECU is located but I attended University of North Carolina - Wilmington the first year and a half of my college career. At UNCW I was a writer and social media coordinator for Her Campus, an online magazine. After transferring I continued writing for a local magazine and obtained a student employee position at ECU's University Advancement office.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

I started shopping at the Burkes Outlet in Washington, NC about a year before I began looking for internships. I loved everything about the store and became a regular customer. When I started shopping around for opportunities through ECU's Career Portal, I saw that Burkes was offering a summer internship and immediately applied. After speaking with the district manager and learning more about what the field interns would be doing, I knew it was the experience I was looking for. I wanted an internship that allowed me to understand a company from the inside out and I have yet to be disappointed.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

Many seem shocked when I tell them I am a communication major because you typically don't see that degree being used for retail purposes. However, my classes in Organizational Communication and Industrial and Organizational Psychology have helped me greatly. Having background knowledge about management development has allowed me to ask relevant questions regarding our project on retention strategies and better understand how Bealls/Burkes Outlet manages their employees.

 

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

Through this internship I not only want to gain retail experience, I also want to gain insight on what makes a company successful. This summer the North Carolina interns are researching retention strategies, white space opportunities and the best ways to give feedback. The time spent researching, interviewing, networking, and team building is already providing me with pertinent experience that I need to build my resume, as I am interested in talent management.

2017 Intern Spotlight – Brittany Taylor!
July 5, 2017

BEALLS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2017

INTERN SPOTLIGHT

Brittany Santoro

Store Operations Intern for Bealls Stores

 

 

Hometown, 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.

This past 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.

 

What drew you to the Bealls Internship?

Last summer I began working for Bealls as a Sales Associate in the Melbourne store to gain retail experience.

I immediately loved the atmosphere that I experienced in the store.

Everyone was so supportive of each other and truly cared for one another.

I knew this was a company I wanted to pursue a long-term career with.

When it 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.

 

What classes prepare you for this internship?

Being a Retail, Merchandising, and Product Development major,

I get exposure to all aspects of retail through my classes.

I take classes that pertain to store practices such as

'Merchandising 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.

The major also exposes us to standard business classes such as marketing, economics, and financial accounting that have helped with reading some of the store reports.

 

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

I have done many Team Sales Leader (TSL) shifts in each store throughout the store rotation.

During my 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 Coast2Coast.

In each 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.

 

2017 Intern Spotlight – Brittany Santoro!