Student Experience

Student Retail Tour at Halifax Shopping Centre

At the David Sobey Centre, we believe in the power of immersive learning experiences to shape the next generation of retail leaders. Through our range of student-focused initiatives, we aim to inspire, educate, and connect students with industry professionals, fostering a vibrant community that nurtures their passion for retail and equips them with the tools they need to thrive in their careers.

Whether you are a student eager to explore the world of retail or a retail professional seeking to share your expertise, the David Sobey Centre welcomes you to be part of our journey in shaping the future of the retail industry.

Retailer Panel Discussions & Speaker Events

The DSC hosts executive panel discussions and speaker events featuring industry leaders and esteemed executives. These events provide a platform for students to hear from professionals who share their expertise, experiences, and insights. Students have the opportunity to learn from these industry experts, gain valuable knowledge about the latest trends and challenges in retail, and network with professionals who can offer guidance and mentorship.


The David Sobey Centre (DSC) at Saint Mary's University organizes exciting student competitions that immerse participants in real-world retail challenges. These competitions provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills, creativity, and knowledge to solve industry-specific problems. Through these engaging competitions, students gain hands-on experience, develop critical thinking skills, and showcase their abilities to industry professionals.

Retail Tours

The DSC offers immersive retail tours that take students beyond the classroom and into the heart of the retail industry. These tours provide firsthand exposure to different retail environments, allowing students to observe and analyze various strategies, operations, and customer experiences. By visiting a range of retailers, students gain valuable insights into industry best practices, emerging trends, and innovative approaches, deepening their understanding of the retail landscape.


Retail Internship Program

Our Retail Internship Program offers real-world experience working with local retail businesses or organizations supporting the retail industry. Students collaborate on diverse projects, gaining valuable skills and industry insights. Interns contribute to daily operations and make meaningful contributions. This program fosters personal and professional growth, expands networks, and prepares students for successful retail careers. Join us for an immersive internship experience, where students thrive and the retail industry embraces new talent.