Student Spotlight- Kiara Christopherson, Macy’s

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Kiara Christopherson is a marketing senior who interned at Macy’s in NYC this summer.

Kiara ChristophersonWhat was a typical day at your internship like?  For my internship, I was placed into a new area of Macy’s—Macy’s Backstage, which was the new Offprice division.  Because of this, a typical day in my internship would be extremely different than what an intern would be doing in buying at normal Macy’s.  I was involved in buying, but because the stores hadn’t opened yet (they were set to open at the end of August), the buyers of Macy’s Backstage had to acquire product.  So, almost everyday, I would visit various vendors around Manhattan with my supervisor who was buying for the men’s department.  It was such a neat opportunity to see this side of the business and be able to see the negotiation that happened between the vendor and my supervisor.  During these vendor meetings, I helped choose product which really made me feel like I was an asset to the team.  After picking out the product that we wanted, I learned how to input buying orders.  I worked with the Men’s department to fulfill orders as well as the Juniors and Contemporary departments.

What was your favorite part of the internship?  My favorite part of the internship was the location—New York City!  I had never visited before and my parents just shipped me away on a plane all by myself.  But, because I had never been there before, it encouraged me to really become independent and figure everything out on my own.  And, because of this, I believe that’s why I had such an amazing experience.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship?  Eller has totally prepared me for this internship with all of the skills I learned while taking my Business Communications class my first semester in Eller.  I was assigned a project topic with a group of interns and had to prepare a presentation to be given to Macy’s executives.  It was an important part of our internship program because these executives provided the problem, and we had to come up with solutions for the executives on how they should resolve it.