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Corinne Mosher, DMSB’20, is taking over our Instagram account @damoremckim this week from Paris, France! Follow along for an inside look at Fashion Week, her co-op experience at Lambert + Associates, and more!

Q: What is your major and what year are you graduating?

I am an international business (BSIB) student graduating this August 2020.

Q: Why did you decide to enroll here?

I chose to study at Northeastern University because of the international business program, more specifically the dual degree option where you spend two expatriate years at a partner university and graduate with two diplomas.

Q: What are you involved with at Northeastern?

Throughout my time at Northeastern, I was very involved in the NU Stage Musical Theater company, both on the stage and as a member of the e-board as the Director of Outreach and Publicity. I also sang with the NU Jazz ensemble and was a New York City Co-op Connector.

Q: Where have you held co-op? What was the experience like?

My first co-op experience was as a Regional Marketing Co-op at TodayTix, Inc. in New York City. It has always been my dream to live in NYC, so being able to do so as an undergraduate student was amazing. I loved working in a start-up environment that placed a large importance on theater and the performing arts. My team was very positive and collaborative, and I was given a large range of tasks and responsibilities. It was great to see some of my ideas put into action in front of my eyes.

Q: Tell us about your current co-op.

I just started my second and final co-op in Paris, France at a retail consulting company specializing in fashion and luxury called Lambert + Associates. My ultimate goal being a BSIB student studying in France was to find a co-op in the fashion industry in Paris.  I’m enjoying every second of every day. I work on the digital team, where I speak directly with different fashion brands and partners to digitalize our retail expertise. I also have the privilege to attend different fashion fairs, events, and showrooms during the season we call “market,” which is actually starting this upcoming week! It is going to be very cool to touch and feel different collections, learn about the DNA of different brands, and speak face to face with partners.

Q: Tell us about your Dialogue of Civilizations experiences. How did you become a program assistant and what was that like?

The first dialogue that I experienced was Cuba y la Fotografía. I’ve always been a huge fan of photography, so setting off to Havana for three weeks to streamline my camera and editing skills was an unbelievable opportunity. I don’t speak a word of Spanish, but I was lucky enough to connect with many incredible Cubans through Spanish-speaking friends and portrait photography. This dialogue expanded my world views and gave me a deeper appreciation for different cultures.

Fashion, Culture, and Commerce in Paris was the second dialogue that I was a part of, which absolutely screamed my name as a marketing student interested in the fashion industry. Paris was my second home in the past, so returning to study my passion just felt right. Our schedules were always extremely busy between classes, photography and writing assignments, fashion expositions and museum visits, and so on, but I wouldn’t have traded the craziness for anything. I soaked up everything we learned like a sponge, which ultimately helped in my final dialogue experience working as a Program Assistant (PA) for the Exploring Fashion in Paris Program.

I connected with my professor who managed the Fashion, Culture, and Commerce dialogue and told her I was interested in being a PA. We spoke multiple times about my interest and availability, had a Skype interview, and then I was hired! I believe I was chosen for this opportunity because I worked very hard as a student the year before and I’m very in tune with the French culture and language. My parents are both teachers, so being an assistant seemed natural, and I loved helping students learn about fashion and photography in my favorite city.

Q: As a graduating senior, what’s next?

That’s a great question… the real world! I think I will try to stay in Paris and find a full-time job in the fashion industry, especially since going back to the U.S. will always be easier than trying to move back to Europe. Now is the time to chase dreams and career goals, so that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Q: Reflecting back on your time at D’Amore-McKim, what moment sticks out the most and why?

Being a D’Amore-McKim student has provided me with many different “aha” moments and experiences, but what has stuck with me the most are the things that I learned with Professor Caligiuri in her course for BSIB students. There are so many different variables that can complicate the world of international business, and Professor Caligiuri helped us learn about our own competencies, how to manage multicultural assignments, and how to be open to growth. D’Amore-McKim’s international community and international missions are things that I have appreciated throughout my time as a student.

Q: How has D’Amore-McKim prepared you for the future?

D’Amore-McKim has, again, given me such an appreciation for the international landscape, which in turn has molded me into a global citizen. My cosmopolitan mindset coupled with all of the hard and soft business skills acquired in classes gives me a unique competitive edge. I will graduate with both an American business degree and a French business degree, and this will only open more doors for me in the future.  

Q: What will you be sharing during your takeover?

During my takeover, I am going to be sharing what my Parisian life is like working in the fashion industry. Since we are approaching Fashion Week and many important fashion events, I will be giving you a sneak peek into some of the fun things I get to experience as a co-op. I will also share some more in-depth information about my time as a student, share a bunch of pictures from my life, and give insight into how to take advantage of the incredible opportunities that Northeastern offers.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

Nothing over these past five years has been easy, per se, but it has all been 100 percent worth it. Pushing yourself to do things you never thought you could is invigorating, and I try to learn more about myself and the world each day. We all can better ourselves and in turn better our world!