Careers at Belk: College Recruiting

Belk offers two outstanding programs to qualified college students _ the Belk Executive Trainee Program and Retail Internship Program. These programs prepare participants for exciting management positions in store management, buying, and finance/accounting.

Professional training and personal development are essential in order for associates to be productive and grow in their jobs. When adding new members to the Belk team, managers and human resources professionals work together to recruit top performers, who are proven leaders in their field.

We are committed to building a diverse team of passionate, community-focused and business savvy professionals to lead Belk into the future. We provide quality on-going training, professional development and offer growth opportunities that will challenge and enhance your career.

Belk has developed strong partnerships with key colleges and universities throughout our marketplaces. We have lasting relationships with many campuses in the Southeast and participate in college career fairs and retail seminars.

Executive Trainee Program

This comprehensive training program prepares you to move quickly in one of three career tracks - middle/upper management in store management, buying or finance/accounting. As an Executive Trainee you are exposed to executive-level subject matter experts during weeks of structured developmental training. Success in each career path is a gateway to a fast-track career in retail.

The buying and finance/accounting career tracks are based in Charlotte, NC. The store management career track is managed by three Belk Division offices located in Raleigh, NC; Birmingham, AL; and Atlanta, GA.

Store Management

Phase 1: 16 weeks field and classroom training
Phase 2: 16 weeks exposure in management role before first assignment
Phase 3: Department Manager position; on-going 7-yr Store Management Development Program
Sample Curriculum: Legal Aspects of Supervision, Merchandise Presentation Skills, Recruiting & Interviewing, Pricing Guidelines


Phase 1: 10-12 weeks field and classroom training
Phase 2: Placement in Assistant Buyer position
Phase 3: Additional training based on position (See Career Path)
Sample Curriculum: Financial Accountabilities, Sales Promotion, Fashion & Trend Direction, Assortment Planning

Finance / Accounting

Phase 1: 12 weeks field and classroom training
Phase 2: Approximately 40 weeks in various developmental placements
Phase 3: Evaluation and placement
Sample Curriculum: Accounts Payable, General Accounting, Budgeting/Financial Reporting, External Financial Reporting, Retail Accounting

Careers Paths

Your Available Options

Corporate Buying Finance/Accounting Store Management
General Merchandise Manager Controller Senior Vice President Director of Stores
Divisional Merchandise Manager or Divisional Planning Director or Divisional Allocation Director VP of Accounting or VP of Budgeting or Treasurer VP/Regional Store Manager
Division Merchandise Coordinator (multi -stores) Director of Accounting/Director of External Reporting Director of Accounts Payable or Director of Budgeting & Finance or Director of Capital Planning or Asstistant. Treasurer Store Manager
Buyer Accounting Manager or Budgeting Manager or Treasury Manager or Fixed Asset Manager Assistant Store Manager
Associate Buyer Accounting Supervisor or Senior Financial Analyst or SOX Coordinator Sales Team Manager, Operations Team Manager or Human Resources Manager
Assistant Buyer or Allocator or Planner Staff Accountant or Internal Auditor or Financial Analyst Department Manager
Assistant Buyer Executive Trainee Executive Trainee
Executive Trainee    

Your own career path has opportunities to grow in other retail related businesses such as, human resources, product development, information technology, eCommerce, and marketing.

Campus Recruitment Schedule

Belk representatives will be on select college campuses this coming school year. We look forward to meeting you on campus. Contact your Career Services Center to see if Belk will be visiting your school.

Application Process

Candidates interested in a retail internship and or retail career after graduation from college are encouraged to submit an interest letter and resume online to:

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