Dr. Katharine Brooks, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900
Summer 2010 Site ReviewPosition: Handbag Buyer Intern
Student: Economics Senior
Although every day you are given a different projects and tasks daily, there are certain tasks and a weekly schedule that are delegated to interns. The intern has to be there anytime between 9 and 10, and leave every day between 6 or 7. Every Monday, the first task is to finish the selling reports. Selling reports are the weekly reports that summarize what was purchased in the last week, organized by seasons. It helps your buyer analyze which area needs a reorder, or needs a new strategy to increase sales. You refer to the company database (BGMS) to find these numbers. These are in preparation for store Tuesdays, where you meet at the store and check to see if all the vendors merchandise is out and presenting itself correctly.
The intern is also responsible for making phone calls to the vendors, and establishing relationships with them. Also, updating and uploading orders to the Bergdorf Goodman system is one of the main tasks of an intern as well.
When your buyer has a market appointment, and it is a big enough show room, you go with them. It is very fun, because that is where you pick the items that will be coming up in the next season’s line. Working as a buying intern, you have to be very good with numbers and excel. It has a lot of basic math, but it can get tricky. You are on Excel every single day, all day.
When the stock room needs help at the store receiving merchandise, you sometimes will be sent there to help them organize and identify the different styles.
All around it is a great internship if you are interested in the buying aspect of fashion! BG does a great job incorporating their interns into the daily life of a buyer.