Merchandiser/Retail Fashion Buyer Internship

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Program Description

Local arts and handicrafts in India are dying out as artisans struggle to sustain their livelihood. In order to counter-act this trend, our partner organisation - a local social enterprise - creates products (jewellery, home decor) that marry traditional craftsmanship with modern design.
After proving first demand for their products, they are now ready to formalise their business processes and scale up their production. In order to do so, they are looking for a skilled volunteer intern who can support them with market trend analysis, inventory management, and identifying additional sales channels.
In addition to building the groundwork for the business side of things, you also have the chance to directly interact with local artisans and learn about their work and art. f you have been looking to expand your horizons and apply your skills in a meaningful way, then this is your opportunity.


This is the perfect internship for any retail fashion student looking to gain hands-on experience, practicing their problem-solving and creative thinking skills, as well as finding inspiration in traditional and modern Indian design. As a volunteer merchandiser you'll get unique insights into how a sustainable fashion business is run, and you can use and apply your skills to make an impact. Next to gaining loads of work experience, you'll also find the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the Indian culture, and explore the city of Hyderabad and beyond on weekends. The resulting personal and professional growth with prepare you for a meaningful and rewarding career ahead.


The ideal candidates hold or are currently pursuing a Bachelor or Master degree in a relevant field, e.g. MBA, Retail Management, Fashion Merchandising, Merchandising and Buying OR relevant experience. They also must be willing and interested in traveling to local villages to visit and connect with local artisans.

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What`s Included

- Pre-placement support
- Volunteer guide which includes information on your placement, health and safety and applying for your visa

On your Placement
-Airport transfers
- In-country induction and orientation
- Accommodation
- Lunch during your placement volunteer days
- Work related travel
- Accommodation and food when traveling to artisan villages
- 24/7 in-country emergency number
- In-country staff support
- Placement Supervisor
- Support to apply for Criminal Records Check
- Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

Post Placement
- Certificate on completion (on request)
- Reference (on request)

Not included:
- Flight
- Visa
- Travel insurance

Program Locations

Hyderabad, India

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  • India: Hyderabad
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Placement fees start from $1340 for 6 weeks

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