Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kmart/Sears Undergraduate Merchandiser Internship!

The 12 week Merchant Internship is designed to give students an overview for the retail industry and the buyer life cycle. Activities may include, Merchandise Selection & Development, Assortment Planning, Pricing & Promotional Strategy and In Store Execution. Interns spend their time working with a seasoned Buying team, shadowing cross functional Merchant support team members and attending various business meetings. Merchant Interns also participate in various self paced learning opportunities, field trips and complete a final project that is presented to Merchant Business leaders. Upon successful completion of the internship, students may receive an offer to join the Buyer Apprentice Program.

Hoffman Estates, Illinois


  • Junior status (in final summer before graduation)
  • Strong academic performance
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Dedication to Customer Service
  • Strong Analytical skills
  • Highly organized
  • Financial aptitude
  • First class follow up skills
  • Strong orientation towards details
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Devise big-picture strategies with a focus on details to drive execution
  • Highly creative, thinks out of the box
  • Merchandising degree and desire to purse a Merchant career path preferred
  • Permanent Employment Authorization/U.S. Citizen


  • Working in tandem with the Buyers and Associate buyers to organize the presentation for business and line reviews and provide explanation of strategy and entry/exit plans.
  • Generates reports to analyze item performance versus last year and competitors. Provides recommendations to the Buyer for forecast estimates.
  • Actively maintains awareness of products, customer preferences, and competitors to keep current on ways to better service our customers.
  • Documents category level activities around the buying life cycle to demonstrate competence in each area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for ad hoc projects that support merchandising strategic initiatives.
  • Provide analysis and feedback on current business and/or process improvements to various levels of the Merchandising management team including: Senior Vice President, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Buyer, and HR.


  • Trace the life of a top selling or underperforming item in an assigned business. Develop and present an action plan to improve business results.
  • Shop the competition and present your key findings about the customer, the competition, SHC competitive advantage and recommendations to drive the business.
* Please review our staffing process to learn how to be considered for any of our college programs.

Posted by Stephanie Coronado

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