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Madison Clifford

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design



Company/Organization: Buckle
Company/Organization website: https://www.buckle.com/
Destination: Kansas City
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
-Worked on learning/improving visual merchandising techniques at the store level -Worked in the Men's Buying Office, attended vendor appointments, approvals, planning, etc. -Wrote a "Buckle SELECT Playbook" (Buckle's personal stylist program guidelines) -Worked on improving social media by managing Pinterest and planning Instagram posts -Styled models for a Buckle SELECT photoshoot

I accomplished...
I am very glad that I got to have the opportunity to explore the company and work with several different people performing various tasks throughout my internship. Through my internship I have discovered what I like best within the company and that will help guide my career options.

I learned...
I learned many aspects about the company during my internship. One of the main things I learned this summer was how competitive and intense buying is. There is so much that goes into buying that I did not know before this summer.

Advice for others...
Having an internship that offers you more than one task all summer is a huge advantage and an opportunity you should take. It will help you to know what you like/don't like within the industry. Also,be proficient in Excel. I had no idea how much you really do use Excel in the fashion industry until this summer.

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