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Samantha Shirazi

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design



Company/Organization: Von Maur
Company/Organization website: http://www.vonmaurcareers.com/
Destination: Coralville, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Worked as department manager of cosmetics in the Coralville Von Maur location. I was responsible for learning all cosmetics lines and assisting customers with their cosmetic purchases. Planned Ladies Night event for the department in July to help increase awareness of department. Job shadowed with the floor manager, store manager, stock and house keeping, visual merchandiser, and customer service throughout internship.

I accomplished...
Planning Ladies Night for the department. Our goal for the event was to sell $5,000 and we ended the night at $5,888. I was also very proud of the social media posts and flyer that we created to promote the event.

I learned...
Communicate, communicate, COMMUNICATE! When you work in a large department and have a lot of people to report to, communication is key! I learned a million times in this internship that effective communication will help you avoid arguments and will help you get tasks done faster.

Advice for others...
When you work in a store there are a lot of variables that effect the work day. This can sometimes cause a lot of stress, but whatever it is just relax and know that the world is not ending and there is always tomorrow.

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