Retail Workshop

Kelley’s Retail Workshop, overseen by Director John Talbott, offers students deep immersion into the corporate retail industry and highlights the potential career choices for future retail professionals.

Students get to meet face-to-face with recruiters and senior leaders from these companies and more to learn about industry practices and life as an assistant buyer, merchandise planner, or merchandise analyst, the three most common entry-level jobs in the industry.

Workshop Application and Admission

Freshman or Sophomore Business Majors

Strong interest in a retail career. Excellent academic standing

Open application early spring. Interviews later in the semester

Immediately after interview are complete but no later than April 15th.

Details will be sent out in early spring. Interviews take after spring break.

Workshop Courses

  • BUS-M 349 – Retail Workshop (3 credits) – fall semester
  • BUS-M 414 – Retail Analytics (1.5 credits) – spring semester
  • BUS-M 419 – Retail Strategy (3 credits) – fall or spring

Workshop Time Commitment

Travel to headquarters of major retailers like Macy’s, GAP and Abercrombie and Fitch. Participation in retail events like the Retail Speed Networking event that takes place the night before the marketing career fair. Opportunity to engage with retail companies in the classroom working on problems and opportunities in their businesses.

Workshop Faculty

John Talbott

Senior Lecturer

Associate Director of the Center for Education and Research in Retailing

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