My 10 week internship at Jo-Ann has just ended and I am still in shock of how quickly time has flown. My overall experience was eye-opening and exciting.
In my initial post I listed four major goals I had for the summer, all of which I feel have been fulfilled.
- I wanted to learn about the various functional departments at Jo-Ann. Through daily meetings it was almost impossible to not have cross-functional interaction. In addition to this, shadowing was a great way to gain exposure to other areas such as Logistics and Marketing (both of which I was able to shadow).
- My second goal was to grow professionally and network. I am fortunate to not only have had a great intern class, but also an incredible manager. These were the strongest relationships I built in my time at Jo-Ann and I know I would not have had remotely the same experience without them. I also gained professional experience in public speaking by presenting my final project to my department and company executives!
- Third, I wanted to learn more about corporate retail. To be honest, meetings seemed like they were in a different language during my first couple weeks. Even remembering simple abbreviations like NPI (newspaper inserts) was a struggle combined with learning retail math. However, everyone was SO helpful and responsive to all of my questions.
- Lastly, I wanted to become crafty. The two craftiest activities I did over the summer were decorating cupcakes and making a bulletin board. Before I left Jo-Ann I took advantage of my employee discount and bought home décor to make my apartment a little snazzier!
I am SO grateful for the opportunity to have interned at such a successful and welcoming company. I highly recommend taking advantage of all experiences that an internship has to offer, like meeting new people and exploring different areas because it truly is an irreplaceable experience.
Thanks for reading!