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Emma Kachelmeyer

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Merchandising

Company/Organization: Gap Inc
Company/Organization website: https://www.oldnavy.com/
Destination: San Francisco, California
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
As a merchandising intern, my primary job was to learn. At Gap, we were able to take various retail classes, shadow on product lifecycle meetings, and work on our own projects that helped advance our learning of the organization.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was being able to read and understand business reports, and take those learnings and apply them to strategies for the following year. It was my final project, and it was great to see how far I've come from not understanding any of the industry jargon to being able to speak it.

I learned...
Always ask questions. No matter how little or dumb it may seem, it's better to clarify and get something right the first time then do it twice. Your boss will also appreciate you taking initiative and being curious, they want to see you're trying to grow and learn.

Advice for others...
While landing an internship and while working at a company, take the time to meet with people in different departments. It is a super helpful way to see different career paths, get more advice, and make connections outside your team. You never know when those contacts may come in handy later.

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