Careers at Mata Traders

At Mata Traders, we believe in fostering creativity and celebrating the beauty of each and every person's diverse experiences. We are a design-driven team fighting global poverty through fair trade. A small but mighty group, we are collaborative and industrious. From brainstorming ways to solve complex problems to picking our favorite dress designs of the season, it's all about working together and supporting one another. There is a lot to get done, so be ready to roll-up your sleeves and help a teammate out. Let's fashion a better world together!

Full-Time Positions

there are no positions available at this time

Internship Positions

Textile & Fiber Arts Intern

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. While no experience is necessary, there are opportunities to design jewelry.

Ideal candidates will be textile or fiber arts majors or have some experience in the textiles industry. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator is a plus. We value creativity, but we also love efficiency and thoroughness. This internship is a great portfolio builder - there’s a good chance you will see some of your designs put into our collections.

Duties

  • Trend research and forecast
  • Help develop the collection's color story, which will include researching Pantone and other color trend forecasts
  • Design sketch block and screen prints suitable to our fabrics and aesthetic
  • Put ideas into Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and collaborate with our Design Department to create tessellations
  • Make color combo variations
  • Put fabric color variations into garment flats
  • Create fabric spec requests
  • Design appliqué and embroidery work
  • Do trend research, sketch, and digitize jewelry ideas and then put into spec
  • Occasionally assist with general office duties, including order fulfillment
  • Perform quality control checks and spot check fabrics on received goods

To Apply

E-mail Maureen Fetscher at maureen@matatraders.com with your resume, cover letter, and any relevant examples of your work. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship.

Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week. We are happy to work around class or work schedules. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

Production Intern

We are seeking individuals to intern with our Production Department. Ideal candidates will be fashion or business majors with previous experience in the fashion industry. Proficient to strong skills in Excel are preferred. Applicants should have a desire to take part in the production and quality control processes as well as merchandising analysis of our jewelry and apparel lines. This internship is a great opportunity to learn the entire cycle of jewelry and apparel from design to product arrival. Candidates will take on a term-long project culminating in a short presentation. Here are a few examples of topics for this project: Sustainability in sourcing, analysis of sales & returns as they pertain to design and production, and study of fabric printing and weaving methods in India and Nepal.

Duties

  • Report on sales trends to inform design and production decisions
  • Perform quality control checks on received goods and production samples
  • Create spec sheets and quality reports
  • Spot check measurements on inventoried garments
  • Assist with fittings and sample organization
  • Occasionally assist with general office duties, including order fulfillment
  • Complete a term-long project with a short presentation at the close of the internship

To Apply

E-mail Avani Mody at avani@matatraders.com with your resume and cover letter. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship.

Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week. We are happy to work around class or work schedules. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

Operations & Sustainability Intern

We are seeking individuals to intern with our Operations Department. Ideal candidates will have an interest in fair trade and green business practices, experience with Microsoft Office Suite, and excellent written and communication skills. Passion for organization is a plus. Physical demands of the position include standing, walking, sitting, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, and lifting. Intern may be asked to occasionally maneuver heavy boxes.

Long Term Project

The Operations and Sustainability intern will engage in a long-term project analyzing Mata Traders’ retail and wholesale shipping practices, looking for opportunities to further green our business. The prospective intern will work with the operations and management teams to recommend better sustainability practices for the Operations Department. The prospective intern should be comfortable with internet research and phone outreach.

Duties

  • Maintain and update Mata Traders’ wholesale and retail records
  • Perform administrative duties related to wholesale and retail sales cycles, including stock level counts, web inventory updates, and order fulfillment
  • Assist with reception of incoming inventory, including shelf preparation, unpacking and backstocking
  • Assist with inventory put-backs
  • Perform ad-hoc troubleshooting and tasks to ensure accuracy of Mata Traders’ Operations Department

To Apply

E-mail Maria Planansky at maria@matatraders.com with your resume and cover letter. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship.

Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week. We are happy to work around class or work schedules. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

Sales & Merchandising Intern

We are seeking detail-oriented and organized individuals to intern with our sales team. Ideal candidates will have an interest in visual merchandising and retail sales. Additionally, candidates should have experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and good written and communication skills.

Duties

Andersonville Galleria Pop-Up Shop

  • Responsible for organizing and restocking merchandise and tracking monthly sales
  • Assist with creating clever sales strategies and doing weekly upkeep
  • Assist with visual merchandising and booth redesign when needed

Trade Shows

  • Assist with preparing complete trade show sample sets of jewelry and clothing
  • Assist with packing display items for trade show
  • Assist with booth layout
  • Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows

Warehouse Events

  • Assist with merchandising and restock our Mata retail space
  • Assist with sales during events

Off-site Events

  • Assist with off-site event setup and takedown
  • Gain face to face sales experience and learn how to generate foot traffic (i.e. hand out flyers or coupons to attract customers)

Sales Assistance

  • Assist with researching new sales leads

To Apply

E-mail April Serrano at april@matatraders.com with your resume, cover letter, and any relevant samples of your work. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship.

Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week. We are happy to work around class or work schedules. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL. The Sales & Merchandising Internship can be combined with the Marketing Internship.

Marketing Intern

We are seeking creative and analytical individuals to intern with our Marketing Department. Ideal candidates will have good written and verbal communication, basic knowledge of social media, and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.

Responsibilities

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data from marketing campaigns
  • Brainstorm and implement PR strategies
  • Create content for our blog and social media profiles, which include Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube
  • Keep website up-to-date with current product and pricing information
  • Help to design lookbooks, catalogs, flyers and other marketing materials

To Apply

E-mail Jonit Bookheim at jonit@matatraders.com with your resume, cover letter, and relevant samples of your work. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship.

Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week. We are happy to work around class or work schedules. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL. The Marketing Internship can be combined with the Sales & Merchandising Internship.

Post-Production Video Intern

We are seeking Video Production Interns to join our Marketing Department. This is a hands-on opportunity to contribute to a growing business with a social mission. We have an abundance of footage from our visits to our producer groups in India and Nepal and are looking for a candidate to put those videos together in ways that best tell our story. The ideal candidate will be creative and meticulous as well as proficient with editing software.

To Apply

E-mail Jonit Bookheim at jonit@matatraders.com with your resume, cover letter, and relevant samples of your work. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship.

Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week. We are happy to work around class or work schedules. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

Will Work For Clothes - Volunteer At Mata

We are 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 Please contact Michelle Thomas at michelle@matatraders.com to find out further information.