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Buying / Digital Merchandising

Are you interested in consumer products and up-to-date on the latest trends? Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset? If so, the Buying & Digital Merchandising Internship is for you!

As a Buying & Digital Merchandising intern you will be part of the team directly responsible for the merchandise assortment in all Macy’s shopping channels, encompassing both stores and e-commerce. You’ll benefit from a combination of workshops and hands-on learning that will develop and expand your business acumen and leadership skills, which are two must-haves for a successful career in corporate retail. In addition to learning the full scope of our Buying and Digital Merchandising functions, you’ll be exposed to other areas such as planning, product development, and marketing starting on day 1!

A Day in the Life

Identifying the latest trends and managing the merchandise assortment through all of our channels, from stores to e-commerce, is incredibly dynamic. Typical, boring days are few and far between. Check out how a day might go for you as a member of the Merchant Buying team.

Are you a buyer or a planner?

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore our internship opportunities, are you ready to learn more? Take our short quiz to find out if you are a Buyer or a Planner!

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Locations and Start Dates

Our Merchant Summer Internship is offered at our corporate offices in New York City. The program starts in June.


Professional development begins on day one with a combination of structured workshops and in-office experiences. During the 8-week paid internship you will work with business partners on your assigned team as well as other key executives across the organization. The structured all-intern sessions will give you an opportunity to network with 100+ headquarter interns while learning about retail innovation and Macy’s big-picture business strategies. You will complete a collaborative group project and present your recommendation to senior leaders. At the end of the eight weeks, you will receive performance feedback from your assigned team and leave the internship program with a greater understanding of how to analyze and drive sales.


Be part of a savvy and innovative team that gives you the opportunity to both learn and make an impact from the start. As a buying and merchandising intern, you will learn the dynamics of the industry, the company, and the important role that merchants play in the omnichannel world. This introduction will not only allow you to develop your business skills, but also give you great insight into the kind of work you enjoy doing and the career goals you would like to set. As a Buying & Digital Merchandising intern, some of the business concepts you will explore include assortment procurement, brand management, site merchandising, vendor partnerships, pricing and advertising.

Career Growth

As a Merchant Intern, you will be given the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of running a business in a corporate retail setting. In addition to learning about Macy’s business model, the internship will help you determine where your skill sets are best matched. Interns who demonstrate the understanding and ability to deliver results within the organization will be eligible for a full-time position in our Executive Development Program post-graduation.

What is a Merchant?

A merchant is a businessperson whose occupation is the purchase and sale of commodities for profit. In today's omnichannel world, Merchant roles are complex and have a huge impact on the global economy. Macy's Merchant team is comprised of many important business functions including Buyers, Digital Directors and Merchandise Planners.

Buying Track

Macy’s Buying and Digital Merchandising team has a high acumen for products and trends, and drives relationships with vendors in the marketplace. Macy’s Buying and Digital Merchandising team maximizes sales and gross margin for each product category by identifying, procuring and assorting the products that their customer demands.


Digital Merchandising

Buyers are directly responsible for the assortment selection, pricing strategy, and procurement for their product categories across all purchasing channels, including Macy’s brick-and-mortar stores and the macys.com website. Omni-Buyers work closely with their Digital Director counterpart to drive omnichannel revenue growth.

Digital Directors influence the online assortment and are directly responsible for driving site merchandising and marketing strategies to maximize online demand. The Digital Directors work closely with their Buyer counterpart to drive omnichannel revenue growth.

Merchant Executive Development Program

The Merchant Executive Development Program provides big-picture exposure to Macy's business model while also diving into to the technical and business skills required for merchant roles within our department store and online businesses. The Merchant Executive Development Program will prepare you for your first merchant role in Planning, Buying or Digital Merchandising.


Assistants learn the operational components of running a successful business while receiving significant exposure and development. This is a developmental role that prepares you for an Associate role.


Associates are given direct responsibility for a particular area of business within their Buyer's total category. Associates are directly responsible for the sales and profitability of their assigned area. In many cases, Associates will assume the responsibility of managing and training the Assistant Buyers. This is a developmental role that prepares you for a Buyer role.

Buyer / Digital Director

Buyers and Digital Directors are responsible for the sales and profitability of a total category of business through strategy development and execution, as well as leading and developing their team of assistants/associates.

GVP Divisional Merchandise Manager

Group Vice President / Divisional Merchandise Managers are responsible for directing the strategy and execution for a designated division of business.

EVP General Business Manager

In these senior level positions, executives direct the financial objectives, assortment, and strategy for multiple divisions of business.

Chief Merchandise Officer

Macy’s is looking for the future leaders of our organization and individuals dedicated to their development. To be eligible for the Buying and Digital Merchandising Internship, you should be in your junior year, on your way to earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. A cumulative 3.0 GPA minimum is preferred. All majors will be considered for this opportunity.

A few of the qualities that would make an ideal candidate for the Buying and Digital Merchandising team include: demonstrated leadership skills, assertiveness, intellectual curiosity, and strong product acumen with the ability to identify trends.

Macy’s Snapshots

Buying / Digital Merchandising

The people are real. The places are real. The photos are real. Making this your perfect opportunity to go behind the scenes and get a genuine glimpse of Macy's Buying / Digital Merchandising inner workings.