FIT's Department of International Trade & Marketing (ITM)

Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM)


ITM News  -  Spring & Summer 2006



FIT Goest to Brazil 2007

Middle East Conflict                                                                               Posted: July 18, 2006


Due to the Middle East conflict and the possibility that it might not end by the time of our trip in January, the destination of the 2007 Practicum has been changed to BRAZIL. Participants will be doing the same research projects they had selected for Israel but in the context of Brazil. The class will visit businesses, factories, trade organizations, and government agencies in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. A complete itinerary will be available in September. The fee of the trip will be the same. Students who had registered to participate in Israel should  inform the ITM Secretary, Dasia Davis, at , or at (212) 217-8490 whether they are coming to Brazil. More information.                                                

Experienced Traffic Manager Wanted                                                 Posted: July 12, 2006

The Dessy Group ( is looking to hire an experienced freight, traffic and customs manager. The candidate should have significant experience with freight tracking and management, warehouse/shipping management and customs clearance. This will be a varied and responsible role dealing with the importing of garments from multiple factories and countries to the USA and also to the UK and Canada. The successful candidate will also be responsible for prioritizing and organizing the processing and onward distribution of received shipments to domestic retailers.  Announcement


FIT's Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI)          Posted: May 14, 2006

The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI) seeks applicants for the position of Director of Alumni Relations. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Director will be a creative self-starter with strong leadership and communication skills. The Director will develop programs and create close relationships between the college and its 40,000 plus alumni.

The Director will plan and coordinate a variety of alumni programs including gatherings, special events, on-campus activities, and off-campus events for regional alumni chapters. The successful candidate will assess the alumni relations area’s needs and priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and recommend necessary changes. Announcement


Paid Part-Time Internship Available                                                     Posted: May 14, 2006

U.S. Council for International Business

International business service organization in midtown Manhattan seeks a part-time paid intern needed 15 hours per week -- flexible schedule. Duties include heavy filing, maintenance of document database including heavy data entry; correspondence with different government offices via phone and fax; boxing files for shipment; other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Various administrative support tasks will require excellent organizational, administrative, and computer skills (MS Word, Access, Excel). Must be detail-oriented. This part-time position (15 hrs/wk) is available immediately. Salary: $10/hour. Please email cover letter and resume to:

U.S. Council for International Business

Full-Time Job Available                                                                           Posted: May 9, 2006

U.S. Council for International Business

Non-for-profit international business service organization in midtown Manhattan seeks a full-time examiner in its export service department. Excellent analytical, math, and organizational skills are required. Attention to detail is a must. Duties include: heavy computer entry along with moderate customer interface, and review of files to ensure compliance with U.S. and international customs standards. Experience in the customs or freight forwarding business is desirable. College grad preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated, able to work in a team setting, and possess Word and Excel skills. Salary will be in the low-to-mid 30's, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package includes company-paid medical and dental. Please e-mail cover letter with resume to Human Resources:

FIT's International Trade Students Association (ITSA)

International Trade Student Association                                                Posted: May 9, 2006


ITSA traveled to Washington D.C. April 27th and 28th to meet with trade representatives and to tour the city. Students visited the USTR's office and met with textile and apparel trade negotiators for an informative and stimulating discussion of current trade issues. They also visited many of Washington D.C.'s attractions including the Georgetown area, the Capitol, and the White House. In the picture (L to R) are Alpana Aggarwal, Viviana Duque, Marisa Miranda, Stephanie Torres, and Tim Kent. Also attending trip were Elizabeth Kee, Heidi Foos, Alyssa Johnson, Tom Thatcher, and Prof. Guillermo Jimenez.

ITM Seniors Recognition Day

Save the Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 3:30pm                                Posted: May 6, 2006

2006 ITM Seniors Recognition Ceremony and Alumni Day

International Trade Student Association (ITSA) and the International Trade Alumni Network (ITAN) cordially invite you to attend this special event to celebrate the graduation of our seniors and meet our alumni. Feel free to celebrate your heritage: Come in your National Dress. Bring family and friends. FIT’s Katie Murphy Auditorium at 27th Street and 7th Street. Everyone is welcome. Download invite (PDF)








The Foreign Policy Association (FPA)                                                    Posted: May 4, 2006

Volunteer/Intern Needed: Research & Data Management Assistant

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) seeks a part-time volunteer to assist the Sales & Fulfillment Department in achieving project targets over the next three months. This key position is ideal for a self-starter—providing the volunteer a high degree of autonomy in determining task benchmarks and developing good time-management skills. A promising candidate has an expressed interest in foreign affairs and/or gaining professional experience with civic education programs. Prior office experience preferred though not essential. Knowledge of Word, Excel and Access is required. The Sales & Fulfillment Department serves the members of the Great Decisions Discussion Program—a national network of community forums on foreign policy in the United States. Under the

guidance of the Sales Manager, the Research and Data Management Assistant’s responsibilities will entail three key components:

Research: Examine current world events and follow news developments related to the topics covered in the Great Decisions briefing book. Assemble relevant news articles for use in discussion groups and the department’s archival files. Analyze sales data and assist in generating department reports.

Writing & Proofreading: Produce publication descriptions for website. Draft correspondence to reader inquiries. Proofread outgoing documents. Compile letter templates for creation of department handbook.

Database Management: Maintain records in promotional database. Investigate promotional contacts for targeted mailing lists. Update Congressional mailing list. Produce monthly mail merge acknowledgement letters to opinion ballot respondents.

Flexible on schedule though the volunteer must be able to commit to working 2 to 3 days per week (approximately 15 hours) for a period of twelve weeks. Travel stipend is available.


Professional reference provided as needed upon successful completion of placement.

To be considered; resume must be received by Thursday, May 25, 2006. Send as email attached Word or PDF file to


FIT visits Israel in 2007

Earn three credits in Israel in January 2-22, 2007  


IN492 International Trade Practicum: ISRAEL

The course "IN492 International Trade Practicum" travels every winter to a country to observe its fashion industries.  Recognized as the Middle East's fashion business center, Israel's fashion style blends the modern and the ancient worlds.  In this trip, we will visit shopping malls, apparel and jewelry factories, trade associations, government agencies, and historical sites. This class is open to all matriculated and non-matriculated students.

Learn how the Middle-East Free Trade Agreement (MEFTA) and the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement are impacting Israel’s apparel, textile, and fashion industries. Trip fee is $2,950 plus 3 credits tuition. Trip fee includes: Airfare, Double Room, Daily Continental Breakfast, and Sightseeing Tours.  Details

Alpana Aggarwal, 2006 recipient of the Gemini Shippers Scholarship Award at FIT

2006 Gemini Shippers Scholarship Award

Alpana Aggarwal Selected As First Recipient

FIT’s Department of International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM) is pleased to announce that Ms. Alpana Aggarwal has been selected as the winner of the 2006 Gemini Shippers Scholarship, the first recipient to ever receive such award. Alpana has had extensive experience in the international fashion industry, working as a Senior Merchandiser for Home Fashions at ITC Ltd. as well as Mats International, both export houses in India for three years prior to joining ITM. In her application, Alpana expressed her desire to become a strategist in international retail and eventually give back to ITM. Official announcement                                                 Posted: April 7, 2006


Extra Hours to Consult with the ITM Registrar

Questions about transfer credits, graduation requirements?

Professor Sally White, ITM Registrar, will be available to meet with students to answer questions about transfer credits, graduation requirements, and related topics from 9am until 10am in the Advisement Center, Room C110 on these dates:


Tuesday, April 18   -   Wed., April 19     -   Thur., April 20

Monday, April 24      -Tuesday, April 25  -  Wed.,  April 26   -  Thur., April 27

Bring your latest degree audit.                                                     Posted: April 4, 2006

2006 ITM Seniors Recognition Ceremony and Alumni Day

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 -3:30pm

FIT’s Katie Murphy Auditorium. 27th St. & 27th St.

The International Trade Student Association (ITSA), the International Trade Alumni Network (ITAN), and the Department of International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM) cordially invite you to attend this special annual event. Join us in celebrating ITM seniors completing our program. Feel Free to Celebrate Your Heritage: Come in your national dress. Bring family and friends.  Invitation (PDF)                 Posted: April 2, 2006


Summer 06, Fall 06, Winter 07 Class Schedule

It's Time to Register Again

It's time to start selecting your summer and fall classes. As usual, ITM advises its majors to register as early as they are instructed. If you have any questions about  requirements, see the ITM academic advisor, Prof. Patrick Yanez, during his office hours. Get a copy of the ITM courses offered on summer, fall, and winter. Schedule                                             Posted: March 29, 2006

Emerging Markets Seminar Series

Licensing Your Brand in China

Several experts will present a briefing on how to license your brands in China.  Date: Friday, March 3, 2006. Seminars starts at 8:30am and ends at 12 noon. Location: Board Room, C-Building, 9th Floor, Fashion Institute of Technology, 27th Street and 7th Avenue. Breakfast and registration fee: $75. For additional information, call Anastasia Xenias, U.S. Commerce Department  at (212) 809-2685.   Application

Sara Meyes, Gemini Shippers Association

Sara Mayes


ITM Offers its first Educational Scholarship                                                   

2006 Gemini Shippers Association Scholarship

Through the fundraising efforts of the ITM Advisory Board, Gemini Shippers Association has endowed, in perpetuity, one scholarship to cover $1,375.- per semester in educational expenses for the Fall and Spring semesters.  We are now accepting applications for this scholarship for the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 terms. This scholarship, the first of its kind for ITM students, was generously endowed by Gemini Shippers Association through the efforts of Ms. Sara Mayes, its executive director and ITM Advisory Board member.  Through a total donation of $55,000 made in  2005, the fund will finance $1,375.- in educational expenses per semester for one school year in perpetuity.  The scholarship is targeted to full-time ITM students with a strong scholastic record and visible volunteer work at ITM, FIT, the industry and/or the community.  The recipient(s) will be announced every spring semester preceding the school year that the scholarship will take effect. Complete application must be hand delivered in both hard copy and CD forms to the ITM Department Secretary at room B-429 no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006.  The winner will be announced here on April 17.  Application                                           Posted: February 22, 2006

Savino Del Bene

Jobs Available at Savino Del Bene ( freight forwarder )

is currently seeking to hire full time personnel in
Sales/Marketing   -  Operations  -   Air/Ocean Operations

Prefer knowledge of international freight forwarding. This a wonderful company which ships much of the Italian fashion apparel to worldwide destinations. Please email resume to: and Direct fax 718-906-2769       Posted:Feb 8, 2006

Licensing Assistant

Job Available
Licensing Assistant
Skills: Intermediate skills in Adobe Illustrator. Comfortable using Macintosh and Microsoft office. Self starter and Organized.  Position: The Position consists of preparing artwork for submission to the leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL and CLC...) following up on the leagues comments and corrections. Working with designers and production to make sure the corrections are done for product tech packs sent to over seas factories. Check samples sent from over seas factories, for color, quality and to make sure the design is what was approved by the leagues. Keep track of all style guides and updates in team rules, logos and colors. Please contact: CEYLI CHARLOTTE VILLAMIL, LICENSING COORDINATOR, OUTERSTUFF LTD., 1370 BROADWAY 15TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10018. 212-594-9700 EXT. 3055    
                                            Posted: February 7, 2006





Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 6:30-8 p.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, D Building, Ground Floor, 27th Street at 7th Avenue, NYC
International Trade Solutions
Paul F. Magel, Senior Vice President Applications Solutions, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc. will speak about the supply chain systems provided by Computer Generated Solutions, Inc. to international fashion companies.

Monday, March 20, 2006, 6:30-8 p.m.
John E. Reeves Great Hall, Ground Floor, 28th Street and 7th Avenue, NYC
International Counterfeiting Issues
Steven J. Onofrio, Onofrio & Associates, will moderate a panel of distinguished speakers primarily involved in the Washington, D.C.-based International Counterfeiting Committee about the financial and marketing impact of counterfeiting in the international fashion business arena.

Wednesday, April 26, 2005, 6:30-8 p.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, D Building, Ground Floor, 27th Street at 7th Avenue, NYC
A Day in the Life of a Customs Attorney
Robert L. Eisen, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP, will speak about how, on a typical day, the matters that a Customs attorney works on reflects decisions being made at the corporate levels in areas such as the design of fashion-related projects and materials used in their production, their labeling, where and how they are sourced, the prices paid and how they are negotiated, as well as other payments such as commissions, design fees and royalties.


ITM Launches New Course

The new course IN342 International Corporate Responsibility, written by Professor Shona Quinn, will be introduced this semester as a major elective. This class will examine the sustainability movement and how ethical, social, and environmental issues are being addressed by multinational corporations. Since the course was approved late in December, it is not listed in the semester bulletin, but it is open and a minimum enrollment of 18 students is needed. It will run on Wednesday, 6:20-9:10pm. CRN# 11601. Room TBA.

 IN492 International Trade Practicum

ITM Students Conducted Research in Costa Rica

Seventeen students participated in the IN492 International Trade Practicum this winterim (January 2-22). The group spent two weeks in San Jose and a week in the southern area Dominical, near Panama. Students conducted research projects on Costa Rican politics and history, CAFTA, consumer and merchandising styles, fashion trends, and other topics. Students interviewed business executives, labor leaders, politicians, fashion buyers, real estate agents, and visited the Presidential Palace and the U.S. embassy. The next practicum is scheduled for January 2-22, 2007 and the destination is Israel; students interested in joining this field trip should see Professor Patrick Yanez as soon as possible to reserve a place.         See Pictures


Attention ITM Seniors: Getting a Job After Graduation?…. Priceless!!!
Join FIT's Spring 2006 On Campus Recruitment Program - Sponsored by FIT's Career Services
December 2005 or May 2006 graduates are eligible to participate!
Interview with employers for career positions - Deadline to register is February 13th, 2006
For information visit our website: 



Author of "Often Wrong, Never In Doubt"

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 -  7:00pm - 9:00pm - The Great Hall

Admission:  FREE to students and faculty with school ID

Meet legendary adman and MSNBC talk show host Donny Deutsch as he discusses what it takes to reach the top of the leagues. As Chairman of Deutsch Inc., Donny has propelled the Agency into one of the nation’s top 10 advertising agencies. The Agency has represented such prestigious clients as Johnson & Johnson, Mitsubishi, Revlon, Novartis Worldwide, Coors, Expedia, Old Navy and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Both Advertising Age and Adweek have chosen the $2.8 billion agency time and again as “Agency of the Year.”