This is hardly the first season FIJI Water has sponsored a Fashion Week Internship. In fact, we’ve had interns the last five seasons, so it has become something of a minor institution.
Jenny Eisenberg, pictured above at left with her twin sister, was an intern at Spring 2011 Fashion Week held last September. We asked her to share some of the hard-earned wisdom gained from that event with us, and update us on what she is doing now.
I remember telling my friends when asked about the Fashion Week internship that the experience reminded me very much of studying abroad. You love it while you’re there — you’re always ready for anything, trying and seeing new great things, running around everywhere on no sleep — but not truly able to appreciate the magnitude of how great an opportunity it is while it’s happening. Afterwards, as I expected, it is even that much more special to me.
There is nothing quite like having a personal pass into a venue full of the fashion elite. The shows we saw were fantastic, a true testament to the creative fashion minds of our time. The people who attend them, whether lucky attendees (after all, you can’t just buy a Fashion Week ticket, you have to be invited), PR, photographers, celebrities, or friends of the designers, everyone is decked out in their own version of fabulous. These people are almost as amusing as the show itself, which made the repetitive task of handing out water very entertaining. Celebrities like Carmen Electra strike a pose as do the other attendees as they’re stopped by photographers to get their picture — who knows which shot could be the priceless one?
Overall, the experience was phenomenal. The FIJI team is great and really went out of their way to ensure we had a very unique experience. Getting to see some of the big shows like Zac Posen and Betsey Johnson were definitely two of my favorite memories. Additionally, I particularly enjoyed seeing the difference between fashion exhibits, smaller fashion shows at off-location venues, and huge Lincoln Center fashion show productions. The free year’s supply of FIJI Water doesn’t hurt either.
I would definitely recommend entering the contest to anyone interested in entering the fashion industry. I now work as an Assistant Merchandiser at Ann Taylor, a job I started the week following the contest. The FIJI experience really helped broaden my scope of the industry. I would love to see high fashion play a strong role in my extended future; the artistic nature of it is really undeniable.
I would also push all applicants to be creative with their responses. I made a video in the final round that I wasn’t physically in because I was at the beach with my sister’s old laptop and very limited Internet access. Apparently, my submission caused an uproar in the FIJI office because it was the first time someone had entered a video without themselves in it and they weren’t sure how audiences would react. I think ultimately viewers appreciated the variety in our videos and it added an extra dimension to the competition.
It might seem far-fetched or unrealistic to enter and win, but the rewards of winning far outweigh your skepticism. I would do it again in a heartbeat.