Under the Mango Tree

Photo of an MHC student interning with Under the Mango Tree

This late breaking MHConnect opportunity is made available through the MHC-International Internship Program. Interested students should refer to these application guidelines. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply ASAP. 

Under The Mango Tree (www.utmt.in), founded in 2008, brings to market a variety of gourmet honey to support rural livelihoods. Our mission is to empower and equip poor farmers across India with beekeeping training, to improve rural livelihoods by building a nationally recognized fair trade brand of gourmet honey.

Beekeeping through facilitated cross-pollination, can increase agricultural yields by more than 40% and provide a lucrative income stream for poor farmers selling honey. Under The Mango Tree’s strategic initiative, “Bees for Poverty Reduction,” seeks to use the power of market forces to increase livelihoods of India’s farmers, while building a profitable company.

Its non-profit, UTMT Society, implements its Bees for Poverty Reduction initiative, training and equipping smallholding farmers to use bees to increase their incomes by as much as threefold. With a built in buy back arrangement for honey produced, farmers are able to increase their income by another 40% from the sale of their own honey to its for-profit UTMT Pvt Ltd.

Intern Profile

We are searching for women who want to test a career path that is out of the ordinary and have a passion to make their mark. Practical, down-to-earth, self-motivated individuals with the ability to multi- task, have abundant common sense and the ability to maintain integrity even in the face of challenges are key attributes in the person we are looking for. Finally, a commitment to social change, equity and sustainability is a must.

Internships available

Two internships are offered this year, both being based in Mumbai with UTMT Pvt.

Market Research Intern

Having built a business around marketing single-origin, organic honey to urban customers, UTMT is looking to  extend its business  into  other products. Responsibilities of the intern would be to undertake market research:

  • On food trends in India and the world.
  • To determine and gather data on potential consumers and customers, competitors, collaborators.

Qualifications

  • Interest in social entrepreneurship, business development and marketing.
  • Strong analytical and research experience with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.

Marketing and Communications Intern

The intern will support UTMT in its on-line and off-line marketing and communications requirements. She will work closely with the Communications and Marketing manager to develop content and assets for the website, social channels and other activities. As part of her work, she will also develop content that showcase’s the Company’s work on social impact and positive change Potential projects:

  • Research and ideate on new content, supporting content with articles and facts for all our communication channels.
  • Ideate to create content for short videos and other presentation formats.
  • Research on co-branding opportunities to increase UTMT's brand presence online and offline.
  • Supporting all marketing campaigns and events - online and offline.
  • Update the current website and blog.
  • Case studies and video diaries of selected farmers.
  • Blog posts about her experience

Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative mind, with interest and knowledge of social media applications.
  • Good camera handling skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.

Support and Remuneration

BUTMT will assist the interns look for housing which will be paid for by the intern. Additionally, UTMT will provide a small stipend to cover local travel and communication. Interns will have to get their own laptops and cameras, but will be provided with an internet USB port and Indian cell phone.

Logistics

  • These roles are based in UTMT offices in Mumbai.
  • Travel into villages in rural India is required. No air conditioning, slow speed and limited internet and phone access at times.

Program-specific application instructions:

Please refer to the guidelines for applying to Late-Breaking and Extended Opportunities.

Former UTMT Intern

Phyu Sin interned with Under the Mango Tree

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