Helen Xenakis interview, 1995 February 22

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Helen Xenakis interview, 1995 February 22
Contributor Names
Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Xenakis, Helen
Date Digitized
Helen Xenakis, the Internship Coordinator at FIT at the time of this interview, began as an adjunct professor in theFashion Buying and Merchandising Department (FBM) in 1988, following a 25-year career in buying. She talks about the inception of the internship program at FIT and its growth ten-fold. She sees the program as mutually beneficial for employers and students, which explains its exponential success. At the time of the interview, FIT had over 900 company sponsors including Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Made in America, major television networks, and New York-based start-ups. She discusses networking through alumni and what the internship process entails. Xenakis then describes a successful candidate for the internship program and how eligible students have a conversion rate of over 40% following the internship. She discusses the especial success of the program with international students and delves into the demographics of most interns. She mentions that she is optimistic about the future of the program and how grateful she is for her time at FIT. Finally, Xenakis discusses her education and buying career during which she worked for Kresge's, Sears, and Bamberger's before developing a fashion merchandising program at Rockland County BOCES, a vocational high school.
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Oral histories
Xenakis, Helen
Godnick, Newton E.
Macy's (Firm)
Sears, Roebuck and Company
K-Mart Corporation
Donna Karan Company
Ralph Lauren (firm)
Calvin Klein, Inc.
Internship programs
Fashion merchandising
Students, Foreign
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1995, February 21). Helen Xenakis interview, 1995 February 22 [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136068
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Helen Xenakis interview, 1995 February 22." Archive on Demand, 21 Feb. 1995, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136068
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Helen Xenakis interview, 1995 February 22," Archive on Demand, February 21, 1995, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136068