The American Eagle Outfitters recruiting team visits college campuses every year across the country and around the world to find passionate, smart, and innovative students to join our corporate training programs. These programs are designed to give you hands-on experience, and immerse you in the many aspects of this dynamic brand, and prepare you for a career in Merchandising, Planning and Allocation or Design.

When you join AEO as part of the Merchandising Training Program, you immediately begin influencing a three billion dollar business. Partnered with a coach and a mentor who will foster your personal development, you will learn all of the tools necessary to become a Buyer for AEO, choosing and developing the product assortment in more than 1,000 AEO or aerie stores across the nation. In this position, it is not only important to have a creative understanding of trends, but you must also have the ability to make sound, informed business decisions.

This exciting new program at AEO will prepare you for a fast-track career in the Merchandise Planning & Allocation organization within the AEO brands. You will learn the fundamentals in operating a $3 billion business where you will have a direct affect on the bottom line profitability of your department. You will experience an 8-month rotational program highlighted by experiences in Merchandise Planning, Allocation Planning and Location Planning. You will have a Mentor guiding you along the way and a Coach for each rotation. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be assigned to the area based on your talent and business need.

Based in our New York City Design Office, you will be trained by some of the best Designers in the industry. You will assist in all aspects of design from concept to final development of a classification. Our Design Training Program is a stepping stone into a career in design for one of the nation's top specialty retailers. From day one, you will have a direct impact on the creative process and will be a contributor to your assigned team.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree is required from a top tier College or University
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Strong business acumen through classes, internships or prior work experience
  • Passion for retail and knowledge of the AEO customer
  • In touch with current trends in retail and with our target customer
  • Strong influential communication style; ability to sell your ideas with confidence
  • Cross-functional collaboration and leadership skills
  • Proven ability to gain results in a fast paced environment; a high sense of urgency