Intern Name: Olivia Minsker
Major(s): Global Business and Leadership
Title/Place of Internship: Category Analyst Intern at Best Buy Corporate
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.?
I found out about my internship through Handshake, the career service offered here at CBSJSU.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?
This internship was a rotational 12-week program involving three key roles: Demand Forecasting Analyst, Demand Planning Analyst, and Merchant Analyst. Each rotation consisted of a four week period where we got to delve into that particular role within the business team.
I spent the first four weeks as a Demand Forecasting Analyst. With the Demand Forecasting position, you are responsible for multi-channel sales forecasting at a product level for an assigned category. I worked in the Small Appliances category, and utilized Best Buy's forecasting tools to predict future sale patterns for various products within it.
The second rotation was spent as a Demand Planning Analyst. The Demand Planning position is responsible for inventory planning and procurement, analysis, transition management, development and management of product level inventory strategy. We learned a lot about how to make sure the products within our category arrive to the facilities on time.
The Merchant Analyst role was the final four weeks of the internship. Throughout this rotation, we were able to witness negotiations with vendors in our category, and learn the strategy behind the products in Best Buy's assortment.
Throughout all three rotations, each Category Analyst intern is assigned a vendor within their category (mine was Dyson) that you get to make recommendations on in a presentation at the end of the summer. It was super exciting getting to bring my unique perspective to the business team, and learn about a popular vendor more in depth!
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?
NETWORKING. Best Buy gives interns the opportunity to meet with individuals all across the company, and navigate their career path throughout the summer. I met with people from Marketing, Business Analytics, E-Commerce, Reverse Logistics, Product Management, the list goes on and on. I even got to have a meeting with the new CEO, Corie Barry, in her office through one of the connections I made! This internship is an incredible experience for people who may not know the exact career they want to pursue in the future, and enjoy making new personal and professional connections.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.?
One thing that surprised me was the amount of people who were willing to meet and help me navigate the internship and my career afterwards. Each time I would reach out to someone, no matter what their title was, they would make an effort to meet with me. This is one of the many things that differentiates Best Buy, and made my internship experience invaluable.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?
I will reflect on my internship experience as I enter Best Buy as a full-time Category Analyst! This company has given me so many incredible opportunities, and helped me develop both personally and professionally in many ways. In addition to this, I made numerous connections that extend far beyond the internship! No matter what career path you decide, gaining a basic understanding of the operations within a business team at a large company is very applicable and incredibly valuable.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?
Best Buy is a very conducive environment for students in any major that are looking to better themselves both personally and professionally. Plus, it is a fun and unforgettable experience!
Don't hesitate to reach out if you would like to learn more about internships at Best Buy!