About FAO Schwarz

From its humble beginnings in 1862 as an ordinary shop, FAO Schwarz has expanded to become a national toy empire. Today, the chain operates 16 stores coast to coast. Not just ordinary retail outlets, the stores also serve as showrooms for the latest toys, making them magnets for enthusiastic kids. The store has been featured in several motion pictures, most famously in Big, starring Tom Hanks. FAO Schwarz was also one of the first direct-to-consumer manufacturers, issuing its first catalog in 1976. Today, consumers can purchase toys on www.fao.com, including make-your-own muppets.

Sales interns work on the floor of the "ultimate toy store"-FAO Schwarz's flagship Fifth Avenue location in New York City. Individuals with an interest in retail management can also be placed as an assistant to an FAO manager.


Open to anyone interested in the business of toy retailing.

FAO Schwarz

  • Nancy Tarascio, Senior Human Resource Manager
  • FAO Schwarz
  • FAO Schwarz
  • 767 5th Avenue
  • New York, NY 10153
  • Phone: (212) 644-9400


  • Number of Interns: 10 to 20
  • Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY