Laurel is studying Economics and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018. This summer, Laurel interned for Ross Stores in New York City as a Location Planning Analyst Intern. Ross provided the interns with a housing stipend, and Laurel was able to live in the FIT dorms with a roommate.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
I loved living and working in New York City! There was always something to see on my commute, a new place to get lunch, and always a fun activity to do afterwards. My coworkers were all my age, so it was fun hearing their recommendations of how to enjoy the city.
What big project did you work on this summer?
Another intern and I worked on a project about improving sales in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions at the end of the year. We found that customers actually prefer lighter-weight clothing and recommended to push more of that product into those stores. We presented this to the Senior Vice President of Planning and it was well received! Although it seemed counter-intuitive to send light product to cold regions, we had all the correct stats to back it up.
What did you find most challenging about the internship?
The most challenging part of the internship was adjusting to working in a corporate environment. Ross is a Fortune 500 company who reports to Wall Street–there are rules and hierarchies that a public company needs to follow I hadn’t been exposed to before.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?
I wanted to try something more analytical than jobs I have had in the past, but I never thought it would be in a retail environment. My advice is to look for the job you want, and keep an open mind about the company or industry that leads you to.