With the help of the Bickley Family Endowed International Internship Fund, David Lahmani ’17 is spending his summer as an intern for luxury retailer DFS Group, learning about the inner workings of an international corporation and gaining experience in the luxury retail market. Lahmani is splitting his time between Los Angeles and Hong Kong as a merchandising beauty intern.
Lahmani, a double major in economics and international relations, with a concentration on East Asia and Latin America, spent the first several weeks of his internship in Los Angeles. In this role, he was responsible for putting together reports about the current merchandising operation at DFS shops; providing the stores with necessary items in order to facilitate purchases; and acting as a liaison between the store and the brands.
Following his time on the West Coast, Lahmani returned to Hong Kong, where he studied abroad in spring 2016, to continue his work in the merchandising beauty division.
“In Hong Kong, I am learning how to work with different teams and gaining a multitude of perspectives,” explains Lahmani. “I am also learning how DFS assesses its business based on different regions.”
He says the internship would not have been possible without the Bickley stipend. “I am very thankful that I was selected to benefit from the Bickley stipend, and that I continue to benefit from the opportunities that HWS has made available to me,” he says.
After graduation, Lahmani hopes to build on his internship experience by securing a job as a merchandiser. He eventually hopes to become a buyer in the luxury retail market.
On campus, he has served as president of the French and Francophone Club, treasurer of the Campus Activities Board, vice president of Hillel, and house manager of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life.
The Bickley Award was established in 2012 by a gift from Ian and Kimberly Bickley P’14. The fund is used to supplement classroom education with internship experience, in retail or consumer industries, abroad or with a U.S. company’s international division.