AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC. RECRUITING TEAMS visit college campuses every year to find passionate, smart and innovative students to join our corporate training programs. These programs are designed to give you hands-on experience, immerse you in many aspects of this dynamic brand and prepare you for a career at American Eagle Outfitters.


When you join us as part of the Merchandising Training Program, you immediately begin influencing a $3+ 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 Inc., choosing and developing the product assortment in more than 1,000 AE 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 program at AEO Inc. will prepare you for a fast-track career in the Merchandise & Inventory Planning organization within the AEO brands. You will learn the fundamentals of operating a $3+ billion business where you will have a direct effect on the bottom line profitability of your department. You will experience a 16-week rotational program highlighted by experience in Merchandise & Inventory 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 one of the two areas that you trained in based on your talent and business need.

  • 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