Major: Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development, Business and Marketing minor
Exp. Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Involvement on campus: President of Fashion Associates, Vice President of Professional Retail Leaders, Student Ambassador for the Patton College of Education
Can you talk about how you got your internship?
I went on a tour of Kohl’s and DSW corporate offices with Jamie Dahl’s 3890: Career and Research Strategies class last year when I was a junior. DSW went really in-depth with what their internship process was like and they told us that the applications were closing in about a week and advised us to apply as soon as possible. I applied for three different positions for DSW’s summer internships and after a phone interview and an in-person interview, I ended up receiving a Store-Operations Intern position.
What did you do as a Store Operations Intern?
So, the internship started in May and ran for 12 weeks. I worked 40 hours a week and while I was there I worked on a variety of products, I wrote policy and procedure guidelines for their new store in Polaris where they are testing new products. I also worked on the store capacity and patterning for future DSW stores.
What did you learn from your internship?
I learned that I actually really like store operations and it opened my eyes to other departments that I might be interested in. I think that when people hear what my major is, they think I’m just going to do merchandising, which is more about purchasing and logistics. A lot of people in my major start out wanting to be in merchandising and work as a product buyer, but like myself, many people realize through internships that there are so many other options out there.
What are your plans post-graduation?
Right now, my plan is to hopefully have another internship with DSW after graduation. We had a networking trip through Fashion Associates, and I brought the group to DSW because of my connections. While we were there a few people told me that the best way to get a job after graduation is to actually have an internship with the company during that first summer after college. That way you’re more likely to get hired-on directly after your internship. By doing this, I can also try out a different department without committing to it for an extended period of time if I get the internship.
What have you learned through your leadership roles here at OU?
I definitely think that my presentation skills have improved a lot during my time as President of Fashion Associates. We have meetings every single week and I want everyone to be excited to come to meetings, not be sitting there saying, “When is this meeting going to be over?” I’ve been to those type of meetings, so I don’t want to run meetings that feel like that. My public speaking skills have improved to try to help engage the members more and I’ve gained leadership and teamwork skills.
I also want to make sure that I walk away from Fashion Associates saying, “This organization helped pave the path to who I am,” and I want the other members to feel the same way. I want it to be a fun place for them to come and for them to walk away knowing more about the major and career opportunities.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
My favorite thing is the environment and culture here. Ohio University is literally my home away from home. I’m not ever sad to come back here, I look forward to it. There are also just so many opportunities through different organizations and study abroad programs at OU. I just love being a Bobcat and the students here are unlike any other students.
Interview conducted by CLDC Social Media Intern Kate Ansel