Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Development delivers the best entertainment shopping experience in the world by creating magical merchandise memories inspired by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Development is responsible for retail environments, the product design and placement of over 30,000 unique merchandise items for the all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts retail locations around the globe. Our teams are recognized as industry leaders in branded lifestyle merchandise innovation and brand synergy.The Merchandise Planning Intern will support the Merchandise Planner and Merchandise Specialist in driving the business by assisting in the execution of quarterly/annual assortment strategies. The Merchandise Planning Intern supports all day-to-day activities of analyzing item/category/store performance to optimize in season opportunities and minimize liability. The intern must exhibit strong analytical, organization and prioritization skills as well as proficiency in all systems and processes related to planning.Responsibilities:Make an Impact….Plan and manage company assets and inventory to drive business opportunities and profitSupport Merchandise Planner to maintain the department item and grid list. Communicate add/drop assortment changes to help inform future orders.Review weekly sales performance and communicate recommendations to drive business performance.Support leader with business insight and analytics to optimize in season opportunities and minimize liability.Partner with Merchandise Assistant to ensure all product releases are delivering on time and communicate any concerns immediately.Partner with Location Strategy & Allocation to confirm all in stock items are properly set up and selling in all intended stores.Assist in preparation of presentations for leadership to outline program performance and future strategiesSupport liquidation analysis and strategy implementationProactively manage Planning tasks associated with all Pending Task Workbook issues, RTV’s and price changes.Identify stock concerns and proactively communicate action plan.Identify opportunities to improve store performance through assortment changes.Assist Planner and Manager with special projects, as needed.Support leader to achieve all financial objectives.Understand and utilize all tools to analyze business performance.Walk stores regularly.Basic Qualifications:What You Bring to the Role:Demonstrated analytical skillsStrong problem solving and decision making skillsAbility to partner well within you direct team, as well as other lines of businessAbility to handle competing priorities in a fast-paced work environmentProven organization and time management skillsIntense attention to detailStrong oral/written communication skillsProficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPointDatabase experience or data mining including creating and acquiring data using Microsoft Access, Business Objects or similarPrevious experience reporting, analyzing and interpreting data to determine item performancePreferred Qualifications:Willingness to learn new business dynamicsDemonstrated ability to manage conflict and determine resolutionPrevious customer service experienceCollege Program Alumni or previous Disney experienceRequired EducationJunior or higher (or a recent graduate) earning a degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Math, Merchandise Planning, Industrial Engineering or a related business majorGPA of 3.0 or higherThis position also does require you to present a transcript, official or unofficial, to your dashboard. This is required before an offer will be made.Additional Information:Internship Eligibility:Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from an accredited college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional InternshipMust be at least 18 years of ageMust not have completed one year of continuous employment on a Disney internship or program.Must possess unrestricted work authorizationMust provide full work availabilityMust provide own transportation to/from workCurrent Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines (for Walt Disney World cast members this is no more than four points and one reprimand in the last six months; for Disneyland cast members this is six months of consecutive service and a performance record clear of any disciplinary issues (warnings, suspensions, etc.) for at least six months)Program Length:The approximate dates of this internship are January 2020 through June 2020. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.Housing: A limited amount of company-sponsored housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. About Walt Disney World Resort:Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.About The Walt Disney Company:The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney World Resort.Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.