Emily Sparks

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Company/Organization: Bass Pro Shops
Destination: Springfield, Missouri
Timeframe: Summer 2021
Advisor/Coordinator Email: briaj


Responsibilities during my summer internship varied throughout the summer. My main projects and responsibilities were creating a live nonproductive inventory report, completing a comp shop presentation, and creating a quarter 4 holiday plan. In addition to these larger projects, my other responsibilities were attending vendor meetings, completing order forms, and analyzing sales data.


My greatest accomplishment during my internship was completing a comp shop presentation that included detailed research on demographics, products, and desired attributes in the industry. I presented my finished project to my fellow employees and executives in a product development meeting. My favorite aspect of my project was that it was a solo project. After two weeks of creating a professional and well-researched PowerPoint, it provided direction for a new line.

Learning experience

Throughout my internship, I learned many lessons. One of the most important lessons I learned was that it is imperative to be open-minded as you will work with many different individuals. In addition to this lesson, it is essential to compromise to balance with those you work with daily. The second best lesson I learned is asking questions and taking advantage of the knowledge your peers and executives can provide you. The final lesson I learned is not to be afraid to voice your ideas and speak up during meetings and other gatherings at work. It is excellent to show you have the knowledge and are excited to help contribute!

What advice would you give?

To the future students in my major, my advice to you is to keep an open mind. When I applied for my internship, I had no idea what to expect. Keeping an open mind allows you to learn as much as possible. When at your internship, complete every task with excitement and optimism. No matter how small a job, every opportunity is a chance to learn and grow as a student and employee. Lastly, don't be afraid to ask for more responsibilities and tasks at your internship when you feel ready for them. Your internship is your time to learn and prepare yourself for a future career!

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