Cassie Ho is a Business Management and Marketing double major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for Ross Stores Inc. as an Assistant Buyer Intern in New York City.
What was a typical day like?
On a typical day, I would get on the subway and be at work by 8:30 in the morning. The first task upon arrival is running reports to track shipment orders and sales. Analyzing reports is crucial, as it tells us which items are selling well and which aren’t. Throughout the day, we would meet vendors and negotiate possible orders; if successful, we would write-up the orders and submit by the end of the day.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the internship was meeting new people. Not only did I meet other interns and employees who works at Ross Stores, Inc., but I also met vendors. We would have lunch and schmooze with vendors. It wasn’t until after lunch that we started talking about business. The relationship between a buyer and a vendor is a crucial part in sealing a deal; I would say 85% of the meeting was spent catching up on life and 15% was spent on talking about business deals.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
My advice for other students looking for a similar internship is to be open-minded and willing to learn. You think you know everything about the company based on research and even personal experience from shopping at stores, but there is much more to discover. There are many retail companies with different business models. Really try to understand their values and goals.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
Eller has taught me how to create effective presentation slides and feasible business recommendations. Through the business communication classes and various case competitions, I was able to successfully present my business plan to the executives of the company.
Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience?
Another favorite part of my internship was when I got to go “shopping” at our competitors’ stores in the city. About once every two weeks, I spent half a day comparing Ross Stores, Inc. and its competitors in terms of items and pricing. After this internship, my experience with shopping has been changed to where I am analyzing themes, designs, colors and placement of items on racks and shelves.