Namrata Singh is a marketing senior who interned with Macy’s in Palo Alto this summer. Namrata has since accepted a full-time position with GAP, Inc.
What was your favorite part of the internship?
My favorite part of the internship was the project that I worked on for 8 weeks. The whole executive team treated us as one of their own and we were given an immense amount of responsibility. Our project was a technology based mobile point of sale adoption. My team did market research, analyzed store data, and created actual marketing collateral that was adopted by Stanford Macy’s. It was really amazing to see our hard work come to life. The best part of the experience was getting the opportunity to present our results to executives from the company.
What advice you have for other interns?
I learned many things in my 8 weeks with the company, but the most important was a quote that many Macy’s executives repeated, “Bloom where you are planted.” This quote really affected the way I looked at work and my future career options. I learned that the job isn’t always easy or glamorous but hard work and the motivation to learn will get you where you want to be. The curiosity to understand the company and business will set you apart as an intern and a new hire. The main advice I would give is to make the most of the internship opportunity. Set aside times to have informational meetings with different positions. Network at all times including lunch breaks or idle time. The connections you make during the internship will only help you later on.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
Eller played a pivotal role in my success during my internship. Throughout the office we had posters that said “Teams Win.” Working for a company involves understanding different viewpoints, knowing how to manage different types of workers and leaders, and being flexible. These are all things that Eller has taught me. Between the business communication skills and the team work experience, I felt comfortable working on group projects and presenting in front of company executives. The level of professionalism that Eller encourages all students to portray was another quality that my boss was very impressed with. Overall, Eller prepares you for the things that you can’t learn from a textbook.