June 17 – July 18, 2013
AHA Bolivia is a fair trade, ethical manufacturing company in Bolivia working with over 300 artisans to hand craft knitwear, handbags, baby clothes, toys, and more.
Mission: AHA Bolivia believes garment and accessories manufacturing can be done ethically. We work with designers, retailers and wholesalers to create designer pieces in natural fibers and recyclable materials. We respect and utilize handmade manufacturing techniques that have taken
generations to perfect. We value our workers and artisans and treat them with dignity and fairness. We are proud members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
This combined internship, learning workshop, and cultural experience program is designed to introduce students to socially responsible business practices, international business, and environmental respectfulness in business. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how
business works in a developing nation, and how it relates to export markets such as the US and Canada. Participants will engage in hands on learning and will produce a measurable intern project by the end of the program.
The Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) is a collaboration of organizations from across the food and agriculture system including farmers, farmworkers, food workers, processors, marketers, manufacturers, retailers, and NGOs united by a common vision for health, justice, and sustainability. The mission of DFTA is to promote and protect the integrity of Domestic Fair Trade Principles through education, marketing, advocacy and endorsements. DFTA holds members to a high bar of integrity and commitment. To facilitate collaboration and accountability within the organization, DFTA is initiating a new peer review process this year. The member services intern will work with the DFTA membership and marketing committees on member outreach and engagement with a primary focus on implementing the self‐evaluation portion of the peer review process.
- Become familiar with the mission and programs of DFTA, especially the membership application process and membership engagement
- Review membership applications for all members (37 members at present) and customize standard self‐evaluation questions for each
- Set up and conduct interviews with all members
- Prepare reports based on interviews for review by the membership committee
- Assist with outreach and preparation for the DFTA annual membership meeting
- Attend and assist with DFTA annual meeting November 12‐14 in Rochester, NY
- Assist with other work as time, interest, and needs allow
- A commitment to the vision, mission, and principles of DFTA is essential. Please review these on our website.
- Comfortable conducting telephone interviews.
- Clear written communication skills.
- Some familiarity with agriculture, food, fair trade, or social justice issues is helpful.
- The intern will report directly to the executive director, but will work closely with two DFTA committees as described above.
- Boston area is desired, but we can consider locations in proximity to a DFTA committee member by mutual negotiation.
- Timing is flexible, with a 300‐hour commitment any time between August and December 2012. Must be available to attend DFTA annual meeting November 12‐14 in Rochester, NY.
- A stipend of $3,000 is available.
To apply: Please send a resume and letter describing interest and qualifications to
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Domestic Fair Trade Association, visit our website.