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Maizy Zakrzewski

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Merchandising

Company/Organization: Mint LA Boutique
Company/Organization website: http://www.shopmintlove.com
Destination: Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
As part of my amazing internship at Mint in Des Moines, I was able to handle all of the social media accounts, assist the buyer, take part in weekly photoshoots, merchandise the store each week, and plan sales and marketing strategies.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from my experience at Mint was being able to control our social media. It was a huge responsibility that I felt very proud of during the internship.

I learned...
Understanding the consumer and what they are searching for is one of the greatest lessons I learned at Mint. Understanding the trends in the area and what the consumer is buying and wants to buy is key in the retail industry. I was able to conduct customer surveys that really helped figuring out what the customer wants.

Advice for others...
My biggest piece of advice for students searching for an internship is to seek out companies that you want to intern for and contact them. Just because a company doesn't list an internship position on any website doesn't mean that they aren't looking for an intern. So many businesses love to have extra help and are very willing to give you the experience that you're looking for.

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