Retail Internship Program

The Retail Internship Program is an exceptional opportunity for students to gain invaluable real-world experience by working with local retail businesses or organizations that support the retail sector.  

As interns, students are immersed in the business, actively contributing to day-to-day operations and engaging in projects and tasks that align with their academic background and interests. Whether it's conducting market research, analyzing sales data, optimizing inventory management, or supporting social media and marketing initiatives, students will be integral members of the team, making meaningful contributions to the success of these local companies. 

Throughout the internship, students work closely with the founder or key decision-makers of the business. These individuals serve as mentors, providing guidance, feedback, and support, helping students develop crucial skills, refine their understanding of retail, and shape their career aspirations.

Upon completion of the program, students emerge with a better understanding of the retail industry, bolstered by practical experience, new skills, and a competitive edge in the job market. The Retail Internship Program serves as a launching pad for their professional journeys, enabling them to excel as future leaders in retail.


Benefits for Students

  1. Real-World Experience: Students gain hands-on experience working with local retail businesses or organizations supporting the retail industry. This exposure allows them to apply classroom knowledge in practical settings, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

  2. Skill Development: The internship program nurtures a range of essential skills. Students enhance their communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and adaptability skills through active participation in real projects and tasks within the retail industry.

  3. Industry Insights: By working closely with professionals in the retail sector, students gain firsthand insights into the industry's dynamics, challenges, and opportunities. This exposure broadens their understanding and prepares them for future careers in the retail field.

  4. Networking Opportunities: Internships offer a chance to build a professional network within the retail industry. Students can connect with industry professionals, fellow interns, and potential future employers, creating valuable connections that may open doors for future career opportunities.

  5. Personal and Professional Growth: Internships provide a platform for personal and professional development. Students gain confidence, adaptability, and resilience by navigating real-world challenges.


Benefits for Businesses 

  1. Fresh Perspectives: Businesses gain access to a pool of talented and motivated students from diverse backgrounds who bring fresh perspectives, innovative thinking, and a willingness to learn. They can offer new ideas, challenge existing practices, provide valuable insights into emerging trends and inject new energy into the workplace.

  2. Cost-Effective Support: Engaging student interns offers a cost-effective solution for businesses. The David Sobey Retailing Centre funds 50% of the student's internship. 
  3. Talent Pipeline: Internships serve as a talent pipeline for businesses. By providing valuable experiences to interns, businesses have the opportunity to identify and nurture potential future employees. This can streamline the recruitment process and increase the likelihood of finding well-suited candidates who are already familiar with the organization's culture and operations.


By participating in the Student Internship Program, businesses can tap into the potential of young talent and gain fresh perspectives. They have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of students while benefiting from their skills, enthusiasm, and contributions to the organization.

Contact us today to see how our student interns can support your retail business initiatives: