June 2012


A little more than a week ago I started a Retail/ Visual Internship at Nordstrom and the experience has been a whirlwind of information already! With fashion being my future I was hopeful that this internship would give me a greater outlook of the industry and so far it has. I chose to pursue a different department and do something I am totally unfamiliar with- MENS! I have been a buyer for a local boutique near my home for women’s clothing and worked retail in the past and was ready for a challenge with this new endeavor. I have been going to meetings, working retail and learning non stop. Nordstrom drives its success and prides itself on being “All About the Customer”. In my opinion they really do make everything about the customer and provide outstanding customer service. For anyone who isn’t familiar, Nordstrom’s return policy is they have no return policy so if a customer is unhappy with a product for any reason they can return it… no questions asked, no receipt or tags. I along with 14 other interns at King of Prussia have heard from several different speakers already that are very inspiring- KOP & Cherry Hill Nordstrom store managers, HR reps, LP teams, several department managers and it is really unbelievable to hear their stories. Nordstrom is dedicated to promoting within the company so it is a fabulous company to grow with. Most of the speakers we have heard from told us stories of their success moving from interns to sales people to managers to stylist and buyers. The chain of growth in such a short time period makes it a company I would like to stay with and pursue a career. Although I am comfortable with selling and commission sales I am definitely interested with more managerial and stylist roles. I have several weeks left of meetings, learning and selling so many experiences and stories are to come!

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Writing is important, and it’s not so bad after all

At Lorel Marketing Group, in King of Prussia, I have been given several jobs such as posting on social media, writing for blogs, coming up with copy for websites, proofreading projects and assisting in pulling together different information to form a complete project. All of these jobs have a common theme: writing. I thought that after I had completed my GenEds and intro classes that my writing would be PowerPoint presentations and maybe a few small papers. I have written more this summer than I have in the past school year. A lot of people groan when it comes to writing, but I have found that it is both necessary and can be enjoyable.

A lot of my writing has been creative for blogs or social media. This is fun to really spice up your thoughts and come up with funny posts. Other times, some people here will give me a task that involves piecing together previous reports and jobs into a new, fresher piece. This is a nice mind exercise and it feels good to stretch your brain to come up with new phrases or words to fit into a sentence. Some of my work entails word-smithing some documents to make them fit into a 2 page spot. While reading some of the previous writers’ work or projects, I see many typos and grammatical errors that were published. Not only does it pay to have proper grammar in school, but at work especially. I edit this information and put it together into a new doc, which gives it a more up-to-date feel and keeps the content new. It’s always nice to have a fresh set of eyes to view your writing for a different point of view.
I did not see myself as a strong writer, but several people here have told me that I am. I never thought that I enjoyed writing, but if the topic is interesting and you have the desire to do the work it’s not so bad. 

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