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Piper Head

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Merchandising

Company/Organization: Rue21 - Mansfield Store
Company/Organization website: http://www.rue21.com/store/
Destination: Mansfield, Texas
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
My responsibilities included customer service, updating store visuals once a month (per department), updating mannequins every 2 weeks, completing transactions, processing shipment, maintaining store cleanliness, and other associate tasks given on a day to day basis.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from my experience was being able to create a system for processing shipment through the store in the most effective manner. I was able to compile a handbook of the tips, tricks, and steps to completing shipment efficiently and leave a lasting mark on the store.

I learned...
As a store associate intern, I was given the responsibility of updating the store's visuals. I learned that though there are guidelines and expectations for the store given by headquarters, it is up to the store staff to decide what is selling in the store and what to highlight to draw in customers.

Advice for others...
When participating in a store location (rather than corporate) internship, ask for the leeway to be creative in displays and interactions with customers. This will be more beneficial in developing personal skills in many areas, rather than staying reserved.

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