05-23-2017

Meet Skidmore Student and Aspiring Creative Entrepreneur Nina Clemente // Intern Intro

FILED IN: Behind-the-Scenes, M&G Happenings

Posted By: Jamie

We've been fortunate to have amazing interns over the last few years and after only two days on the job, I can already tell that Skidmore student (yet Washingtonian at heart!) Nina Clemente is no exception! As a Business major AND Studio Art major, she is interested in becoming a creative entrepreneur one day and we really hope that having her immersed in our operations this summer will offer her true insight into what's REALLY involved in running a creative business, specifically this artisan gifting business. She's already off to great start and I can't wait for you to meet her!

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Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi everyone! My name is Nina Clemente and I am so excited to be working at Marigold & Grey this summer! This upcoming fall I will be a sophomore at Skidmore College where I am double majoring in Business and Studio Art. Prior to college though, I founded a organization with my brother called, Art 4 The Heart. We started this organization when we saw that when homeless people were transitioning into housing they didn't have many belongings for their new home. I began to make artwork for them but as demand increased, we reached out to local student artists and asked them to donate their artwork. This artwork provides a sense of comfort and can brighten up the life of a homeless person when they move into their new space. It was a huge honor to have our organization featured in the Washington Post!

In my free time I love to spend time with my family and walk my extremely fluffy dog, Freckles. I also love to create DIY decorations for my dorm room or go all around the city trying every vegan donut I can find.

What are you most excited about for this internship?

I am super excited to get hands on experience and learn how to run a small business. Also since I am majoring in Business and Art I think it will be great to see how art and business can be combined into one great company!

Image courtesy of Nina Clemente Image courtesy of Nina Clemente

Where else have you been an intern?

Last summer I worked at the YMCA corporate office as a marketing and event intern. I did a lot of graphic design work for them and I helped plan and attend events to promote the YMCA.

What about M&G made you want to apply for the internship?

The moment I heard about M&G I knew I had to apply. It was exactly what I was looking for since it combined my love of business and art. I also applied because I wanted hands-on experience about how to run the daily operations of a business instead of having an internship where I would run and get coffee all day 😊. I also love how M&G pays a lot of attention to detail and care about each gift they send out.

Image courtesy of Nina Clemente Image courtesy of Nina Clemente

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given? And received?

The best gift I have ever given was a book I made for my mom telling her 50 reasons why I loved her. On each page of the book I wrote a reason why I loved her and drew a picture to represent each reason. The best gift I ever received was when a few days after my birthday my family went to adopt our dog, Freckles.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In the next five years I see myself working at a very creative business or possibly in the fashion industry. One day I also hope to start my own business that will involve art and have a component that gives back to the community.

Image courtesy of Nina Clemente Image courtesy of Nina Clemente

Please join us in giving Nina a warm welcome! Also, stay close to the blog as she may be making some additional guest appearances in between her social media and gift production duties.

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