Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Company/Organization: Lauritzen Gardens
Company/Organization website: http://www.lauritzengardens.org
Destination: Omaha, NE
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
On the job responsibilities included greeting and providing excellent assistance to customers, working closely with the Gift Shop Buyer to complete and process purchase orders, invoices, and incoming inventory into a database, ensuring an aesthetically pleasing and organizes retail environment, and analyzing fiscal year budget and tracing weekly spending.
My greatest accomplishment from this internship was working with the buyer/visual merchandiser to create displays on a weekly basis. At the beginning of the internship it was more difficult for me to create these displays, simply because of lack of experience and not being an extremely creative individual. Throughout the internship, I learned a lot from my boss, such as her process on creating displays, how she chooses the theme of a display, and how she pieces things together to create something aesthetically pleasing. By the end of the internship, it was much easier for me to compete displays throughout the store.
The greatest lesson I learned from my experience is to keep pushing through. Something may not be going how you want it to, you may get stuck on something, or have difficulty completing a task. The only way to get through it is to keep going, ask questions, and be determined. There were a few times I was struggling or thought I was unable to complete something. During these times, I would step back and reevaluate what I was doing and how I could improve or change it to be able to finish it.
Advice for others...
My advice to future students is to ask a lot of questions. At an internship, the supervisor may not always be clear, they may move to quickly, or they might not establish exceptions. Asking questions helps to eliminate each of these problems. It'll make it easier on you, your experience, and your learning process. Asking questions also allows supervisors to see that you're involved and eager to learn. Thus, setting you apart from the competition.