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Internships and Volunteer Opportunites

Do you have a passion for fashion and want to get hands-on experience in the growing industry of fair trade? Get involved with one of our internship or volunteer opportunities!

Marketing and Sales Intern

We are seeking dedicated individuals to intern with our marketing and sales team. Internship positions are approximately 3 months in duration, hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week, and we can work around a class or work schedule. This is an unpaid position.

Ideal candidates will have experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, good written and communication skills, and some basic knowledge of social media.

Duties

  • Assist with digital strategy, including SEO, analytics reporting, and social media
  • Create content for facebook, twitter, pinterest, YouTube, our blog, and email marketing
  • Sales outreach to wholesale customer leads
  • Website management: uploading products and descriptions, testing the site, updating pricing, etc
  • CRM database management: entering leads and new customers
  • Assist with general office duties and retail and wholesale order fufillment
  • Perform quality control checks on received goods
  • Brainstorm and execute PR ideas to build brand recognition, help with our current PR campaigns
  • Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows
  • Assist with merchandising and sales at our off-site retail events and Galleria space
  • Help design flyers, brochures, catalog, tags, etc
  • Trend research for collections

To Apply

E-mail A.J. Barks at aj@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship. You are welcome to include relevant graphic design or writing samples. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

Design and Production Intern

We are seeking creative individuals to intern with our design team. Internship positions are approximately 3 months in duration, hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week, and we can work around a class or work schedule. Interns are welcome to work from home to do their independent design projects, although you must be able to come to the office and work on various projects 1-2 times a week. This is an unpaid position.

Ideal candidates will be fashion design majors or have experience in the fashion industry. Applicants should be able to merge their design sensibilities with the Mata aesthetic. We value creativity but also love efficiency and thoroughness.  This internship is a great portfolio builder, as there’s a good chance you will end up seeing some of your designs get produced in our collections.

Basic pattern making and alteration skills are a plus, as well as working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator. There are also opportunities to design jewelry – no experience is necessary but photoshop and illustrator are helpful.

Duties

  • Trend search and forecast
  • Help to develop the collection's color story; this will include researching Pantone and other color trend forecasts
  • Sketch new garment cuts and jewelry pieces
  • Make garment flats
  • Create spec sheets and measurement charts
  • Design appliqué and embroidery work
  • Put fabric color variations into flats
  • Visually organize representations of the collections in development and track changes
  • Occasionally assist with general office duties, including order fufillment
  • Perform quality control checks on received goods
  • Spot check measurements on inventoried garments
  • Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows
  • Assist with merchandising and sales at our off-site retail events and Galleria space

To Apply

E-mail A.J. Barks at aj@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship and include photos of your design work. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

Textile and Fiber Arts Intern

Interested in fiber arts/textiles? We have a passion for color and bold, funky prints. Help us create our original block print, screen print, and woven designs. In addition, you can contribute to the appliqué and embroidery design process. There are also opportunities to design jewelry – no experience is necessary but photoshop and illustrator are helpful.

Internship positions are approximately 3 months in duration, hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week, and we can work around a class or work schedule. Interns are welcome to work from home to do their independent design projects, although you must be able to come to the office and work on various projects 1-2 times a week. This is an unpaid position. 

Ideal candidates will be textile or fiber arts majors or have some experience in the textiles industry. A working knowledge of photoshop and illustrator are a plus. We value creativity but also love efficiency and thoroughness.  This internship is a great portfolio builder, as there’s a good chance you will end up seeing some of your designs get put into our collections.

Duties

  • Trend search and forecast
  • Help develop the collection's color story; this will include researching Pantone and other color trend forecasts
  • Design and sketch block and screen prints suitable to our fabrics and aesthetic
  • Put ideas into photoshop and illustrator and collaborate with our in-house textile designer to create tessellations
  • Make color combo variations
  • Put fabric color variations into garment flats
  • Create fabric spec requests
  • Design appliqué and embroidery work
  • Trend search, sketch, and digitize jewelry ideas, and put into spec
  • Occasionally assist with general office duties, including order fufillment
  • Perform quality control checks and spot check fabrics on received goods
  • Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows
  • Assist with merchandising and sales at our retail off-site events and Galleria space

To Apply

E-mail A.J. Barks at aj@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship and include photos of your design work. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

Post-Production Video Intern

We are seeking Video Production Interns to join our marketing team. This is a hands-on opportunity to contribute to a growing business with a social mission. We have a ton of footage from our visits to our producer groups in India and Nepal, and we need help putting it together to tell our story. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, fastidious, and creative. The candidate must be proficient with editing software. Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and we can work around a class or work schedule. Interns are welcome to work from home to do their independent editing work or can work from our office. This is an unpaid position.

To Apply

E-mail A.J. Barks at aj@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship and include links to any A/V work. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

Will work for clothes??

We are also seeking quality control and festival sale volunteers on a limited, short-term basis during our busiest times of the year. If you are someone local who wants to help out and learn how our company works in exchange for free Mata product, this is the gig for you. We pay in product credit to be a temporary member of our QC team or assist at an off-site event. Please contact A.J. Barks at aj@matatraders.com to find out further information.


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