Career Advice From A Fashion Intern At Moschino

By: Valeria Ramos

Venesa Coger is a 22 year old NYC native majoring in Fashion Merchandising at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. A fellow Style Guru with a killer Instagram feed, Venesa had the opportunity to intern for luxury fashion house Moschino this summer and was kind enough to share her experience and offer some career advice in the following interview. 

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How did you find out about the internship at Moschino?
I had applied to several internships and was actually about to give up hope when I decided to check the job board on in hopes of finding something that interested me, and that's how I came across the Moschino internship. 

What was your overall experience interning for Moschino?
My overall experience at Moschino was great. I enjoyed the atmosphere and that I was able to learn more about the brand, the operations of the sales team, and the fact that my background in retail actually came in handy. 

What did your daily tasks and responsibilities consist of?
Since I mainly worked with the sales team of Moschino, my daily tasks consisted of handling shipment of the new collection for the following year, visual merchandising of the showroom,  making store visits at Bloomingdales and Saks to check on our display set-ups, and dressing and styling the models for potential buyers/clients during market week.

Was your work independent or did it consist of group collaboration?
My work was a little bit of both. For the majority of my internship, there were four to six interns and there were only two days of the week when we would all be there. However, we would take our task and divide and conquered the work. In the beginning, we liked working together but noticed we ended up staying late a lot and that was no fun. Once we learned the ropes, we became more efficient with our time and completing tasks. 

What was your favorite part of the internship and what was the most challenging?
My favorite part of the internship was being able to merchandise the collections and dress the models during market week. The most challenging part of the internship was definitely time management. I'm not a morning person, so in the beginning it was very hard to get out of bed. 

What was the most beneficial lesson you took away with you?
The lesson I took away from my internship was to always volunteer and ask questions. There were a few times I had no idea what I was doing but volunteering to do it ended up with me learning something new. Asking questions gave me the opportunity to learn more about the people I was working with.

Do you feel you gained or improved career long skills?
I definitely feel like I gained more skills and experience that I had before. Although working in sales is not my dream, I was able to gain PR skills as well because I assisted the PR team from time to time. 

What advice would you give to college students currently looking for or undertaking a fashion internship?
Don't be afraid to apply to as many internships that spark your interests, even if you've never heard of the job title before. You will either find out what you wouldn't want to do in fashion, or you will find a new liking in the industry. Also, while you're at the internship connect with as many people as possible. A friendly greeting can go a long way. 

Do you plan on pursuing more fashion internships in the future?
I'm heading into my senior year so I'm definitely pursuing more internships as we speak. I would like to explore Social Media, Styling and Creative Direction, and Public Relations internships this year.