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Morgan Grapshi

Fashion Industry Internships and Networking

From coast to coast, Margo Grapshi ’22 is gaining professional experience through internships and networking opportunities. Last summer, Grapshi was an intern at the outerwear company Morgan Clifford in New York City. In January, she traveled to Los Angeles with the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education to take a look behind the scenes of LA-based companies.

Through her internship, Grapshi worked with alum founder Morgan Clifford ’08. Clifford’s collections include coats for women and girls, and have been praised by style publications including People, the Daily Mail, Glamour and other outlets. As an intern, Grapshi procured fabric and materials and identified buyer prospects within the boutique fashion sector.

Grapshi snaps a behind-the-scenes shot of a Morgan Clifford NYC photo shoot.

Grapshi snaps a behind-the-scenes shot of a Morgan Clifford NYC photo shoot.

While working for Clifford, she also found model talent and styled children’s coats for photo shoots and displays.

“Morgan was my mentor and gave me valuable insight into the industry,” Grapshi says. Working closely with an entrepreneur has encouraged Grapshi to consider working for a small or recently established brand after graduation, and other possible career paths.

Grapshi (right) heads to a photo shoot with another intern and Morgan Clifford's '08 daughter.

Grapshi (right) heads to a photo shoot with another intern and Morgan Clifford’s ’08 daughter.

A double major in writing and rhetoric and media and society, Grapshi believes her “liberal arts education and broad interests and studies” have prepared her for the future of work – as she anticipates “exploring possible career avenues” across industries.

During the Behind the Scenes trip in January, she joined more than a dozen students as they toured Netflix studios and the Academy of Motion Pictures. Alum panelists from the entertainment, media and auxiliary industries – including fashion – spoke on panels about their experience launching careers in the creative sector. She also met Grace Verrill ’12, senior brand manager at the fashion company Carbon38.

A significant takeaway for Grapshi was the emphasis HWS alums placed on maintaining their relationships. “I was struck by the emphasis on being kind and extending gratitude to those who have helped them along the way and paying it forward,” she says.

On campus, Grapshi participated in Koshare Dance Collective, is an Eco Rep, works as a student assistant in the Salisbury Center, and previously served as secretary of William Smith Congress. She was recently inducted into the Laurel Society.


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