Seeking Interns for an Exciting Project

Merchandising Matters is excited to announce collaboration with Mosholu Preservation Corporation in New York. This visual merchandising project is the result of a grant to improve a retail corridor in the Bronx through educational programming. I will be organizing this project, which runs through the end of June, by working directly with participating retailers, providing training and remotely working with a select set of volunteers.

I am seeking interns and potential retail partners who know that lifting up others, lifts all of us up. Please see the Work Scope below and contact me directly if you are interested or have questions:

Intern/Retail Partner Work Scope:

The role of the visual merchandising intern will be to work directly with an assigned retailer(s) to provide basic merchandising/design skills and help them elevate their exterior and entry. Intern will meet with the retailer on a regular basis to determine desired demographic and recommend potential visual merchandising solutions to said retailer. These recommendations could include lighting, exterior paint, window development, signage, etc.

Interns are expected to participate in three remote educational workshops, whenever possible, with participating retailers that have been developed to provide basic merchandising skills to retailers. These remote workshops will cover a variety of subjects, including consumer psychology, the development of windows and store exteriors, as well as basic visual merchandising elements.

This project is the result of a grant to Mosholu Preservation Corporation (www.mpcbronx.org) that endeavors to improve a retail corridor in the Bronx on Bainbridge and Webster Avenues. Up to 20 retailers will be chosen to benefit from this grant with the hope that the improvements made will encourage non-participating retailers to also work to improve their exterior.

  • Work directly with assigned retail partner and project coordinator on a weekly basis.
  • Provide design/merchandising insight to retail partners that will serve to elevate the exterior of their storefront.
  • Creatively and in a cost-efficient way, provide tips to partner retailers that are in line with the business personality and that attracts their key demographic to enter their store.
  • Qualifying interns may receive bus/train pass to offset transportation costs during visits.

Qualifications:

Interested parties should have at least two years merchandising or interior design experience in a retail organization and/or be a student of retail design/design. You will need to be able to assess a store’s exterior with an eye towards suggesting improvements that will improve the retail experience for consumers.

This is an unpaid internship that will begin mid-February, early March and run until the end of June 2020. Merchandising Matters will be happy to offer recommendations to eligible interns who fulfill their responsibilities.

Participants will have the opportunity to add to their portfolio and hands-on learning organized by Merchandising Matters while providing a valuable service to the neighborhood.

Please reach out to [email protected] with a one-page resume as well as a brief letter stating why you are interested in this project and what value you hope to provide by Friday, February 21, 2020.

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