No matter your passion or your major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there is a career for you in retail! The retailing industry allows you to pick your passion and pursue it down an exciting career path, filled with endless opportunities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about these opportunities and brainstorm the best way for you to connect to the retailing industry. The possibilities are endless!
Not sure where to start? Check out these resources about careers in the retailing industry from the National Retail Federation (NRF). We also recommend signing up for the NRF Student Association (it’s free!) and for their newsletters to stay up-to-date on current trends and industry career information.
Retail Leadership Symposium
The 1-credit Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) course meets every semester on Wednesdays and helps students to explore the many facets of the retail industry. Students will examine their opinions about the industry and spend time with executives and reading to broaden their opinion of what the industry is and the many career opportunities that exist within it.
Student Retail Association
The Student Retail Association is a student organization designed to develop the future leaders of the retail industry. Through networking trips (such as our annual trek to NYC), workshops, and community service events, members are equipped with a well-rounded knowledge of the retail industry locally, nationally, and internationally. Students in the organization come from various backgrounds, pursuing degrees in retail, business, or even engineering, but all sharing a passion for retail. Email email@example.com to connect.
Case Competitions & Scholarships
Explore the retailing industry first-hand, develop valuable career experiences, and network with industry executives by participating in a case competition. Each year, students from various majors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison participate and place nationally amongst their peers in experiences such as the Ray Greenly Scholarship, NRF Student Challenge, Next Generation Scholarship, YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, and various challenges with retailers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Lands’ End.
Conferences, Corporate Visits & Study Abroad
Immerse yourself in the retailing industry through experiential learning at a conference, trade show, corporate visit, or study abroad opportunity. Meet industry leaders, explore retailing companies, and learn about career and industry trends. Annually, UW students attend the National Retail Federation Student Program, as well as a variety of industry trade shows such as MAGIC and International Home & Housewares. Students also travel locally and across the United States for corporate visits, as well as internationally on the Trends in Europe summer trip and Experience China semester abroad. There’s an opportunity for everyone!