Archive for October, 2011
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Let your internship make a difference!!
Founded by young women entrepreneurs, Mercado Global is dedicated to promoting women as leaders in their work, communities, and family structures. This nonprofit organization has pioneered a means for connecting indigenous women artisan cooperatives in rural communities in Guatemala to sales opportunities with major U.S. retail chains and companies. Their programs help indigenous women artisans create fair trade products that are sold in the US through their corporate partners such as Levi Strauss, Bloomingdales, Crate & Barrel, and Nordstrom. These partnerships are expanding the market for fair trade goods and are showing major companies that they can successfully source products that empower rural women to lift their families out of poverty.
As part of its mission to foster a sense of global responsibility among the next generation of U.S. leaders and consumers, Mercado Global accepts a limited number of students as interns at their offices in New Haven, CT and Panajachel, Guatemala. The various positions available are:
Sales and Marketing Internship – Guatemala and New Haven Offices
Position Description: The Sales and Marketing Intern will work with Mercado Global’s Sales and Marketing Director on a variety of sales and market research projects. They will help with sales mailings, promotional materials, and line sheets. They will assist in determining methods to target fair trade products to additional retailers in order to expand the market for socially responsible products.
Requirements: Strong research and communication skills required. Experience and/or knowledge of fashion industry or marketing preferred. Graphic design and copy writing expertise preferred. Internship dates and hours are flexible, but a minimum commitment of two months is required.
Development Internship – Guatemala and New Haven Offices
Position Description: The Development intern will work with Mercado Global’s staff for a minimum of 2 months. The intern will assist in writing of grant proposals, including background research on funders and gathering of up-to-date statistical information to be incorporated into proposals. Other responsibilities will include assisting in organizing events, maintaining their donor database, and helping with donor appeals.
Requirements: Strong research and communication skills required. Experience and/or knowledge of fashion industry or marketing preferred. Graphic design and copy writing expertise preferred.
Operations Intern – Guatemala and New Haven Offices
Position Description: The Operations Intern will assist the Operations Associate in fulfillment and shipping of orders, including coordination of imports/exports and providing order and packaging instructions to their Guatemala production team. Other responsibilities will include assisting with sourcing of raw materials, supervising creation of technical specs for new products, and providing further assistance with various challenges and developments as they arise.
Requirements: Strong organizational skills required. Experience and/or knowledge of fashion industry or marketing preferred. Graphic design and copy writing expertise preferred. Internship dates are flexible, but a minimum commitment of two months is required.
Social Impact Assessment Fellow – Guatemala Office
Position Description: The Social Impact Assessment Program fellow oversees the implementation of the Annual Social Impact Assessment in the partner communities of Mercado Global. Duties include helping collect, compile and analyze data regarding their impact in their partner communities. Fellow reports directly to the Guatemala Operations Director and will supervise local women who assist in implementation of surveys in local languages.
Requirements: Candidate must speak fluent to proficient Spanish and must have a background in statistical analysis. Applicants must be willing to travel to outlying communities to assist in the collection of data.