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Events and Development Internship

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 from 11:00am to Friday, August 19th, 2016 3:00pm

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Positions1 Remaining
Close DateMay 20th, 2016 or when space runs out.
Description

Ten Thousand Villages of Austin is a 501(c)(3) fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted works from across the globe. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade. We establish long-term relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and lack other opportunities for income.

 

Featuring products from more than 110 artisan groups in 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 70+ retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items.

 

We are currently looking for an Intern who is passionate about Fair Trade, our mission, and is interested in helping our Austin store reach “the next level”! This person will help us with our events big and small, increasing their scope in the Austin community, and finding ways to expand our events. S/he will also help seek out new funding opportunities for the store, and execute on development initiatives.

 

This position is perfect for any student looking to gain more hands-on experience in event planning, marketing and fundraising, or desiring insight into non-profit management!

 

Intern Responsibilities

·      Volunteer 10-15 hours per week (up to 20 hours/week around key event dates)

·      Assist with the planning and strategizing of our store’s fair trade events, with a major focus on our Summer Neighborhood Happy Hour, International Peace Day festivities, and our annual One Reason Why fundraiser.

·      Help to develop in-store community events program, including workshops and networking events

·      Create e-mailouts, signage, and forms related to events

·      Foster relationships with past and future event participants and partners through several channels

·      Participate in event team meetings, and work collaboratively to achieve goals

·      Customer service in store when needed, including verbally marketing events to customers

·      Be an assertive advocate for Ten Thousand Villages of Austin inside and outside the store

 

Preferred Skills

·      Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·      Proficiency using Dropbox and Google Drive/Mail/Calendar, and able to learn new software quickly

·      Comfortable juggling multiple tasks/projects and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines

·      Comfortable writing emails and making phone calls to seek donations for our nonprofit organization

·      Enjoys using and understands Social Media. Graphic design experience a plus, but not essential

·      Assertive, proactive, and able to take initiative and step outside comfort zone to learn new skills

·      Highly organized and cooperative work style

 

Internship Perks

·      20% off all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin

·      Positive, innovative, and fun work environment at an organization that has been named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 6 years in a row by the Ethisphere Institute

·      Opportunities to network with like-minded community members

·      Professional development through Ten Thousand Villages staff evaluations and training sessions

 

Interested applicants should submit brief letter of interest and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator, Alex Peters (volunteers.austin@tenthousandvillages.com). Internship begins in May 2016.

Requirements
Preferred Skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Proficiency using Dropbox and Google Drive/Mail/Calendar, and able to learn new software quickly
• Comfortable juggling multiple tasks/projects and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines
• Comfortable writing emails and making phone calls to seek donations for our nonprofit organization
• Enjoys using and understands Social Media. Graphic design experience a plus, but not essential
• Assertive, proactive, and able to take initiative and step outside comfort zone to learn new skills
• Highly organized and cooperative work style
PerksInternship Perks
• 20% off all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin
• Positive, innovative, and fun work environment at an organization that has been named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 6 years in a row by the Ethisphere Institute
• Opportunities to network with like-minded community members
• Professional development through Ten Thousand Villages staff evaluations and training sessions
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Location: 4803 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756