Under the Mango Tree

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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

Three internships are offered this year, two being based in Mumbai with UTMT Pvt Ltd and the third based in Bhopal with UTMT Society.

Market Research Intern

Having built a business around marketing single-origin, organic honey to urban customers, UTMT is looking to  extend its business  into  beeswax exports,  honey  value added products and commercial pollination services. Responsibilities of the intern would be to undertake market research:

  • On beeswax, food product trends inclusive of honey and Commercial Pollination services.
  • To determine and gather data on potential consumers and customers, competitors, pricing and regulatory compliances.
  • To design surveys and conduct sample consumer surveys.
  • To present as an outcome a white paper on findings with clear cut recommendations.

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.

 

Communications Intern

In addition to documenting UTMT’s journey to date, the intern will be also responsible for updating key online and print marketing and branding collateral. Possible projects:

  • A memory book of UTMT’s journey to date.
  • Update the current website and blog
  • Content writing where ever required.

Qualifications

  •  Creative mind, with knowledge of Word Press, social media applications and Adobe InDesign with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.

 

Impact Assessment and Documentation Intern

The intern will support UTMT document the impact of its Bees for Poverty Reduction initiative and its work with farmers in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India through field visits, case-studies and impact assessments. Possible project deliverables:

  • At least 10-15 case studies of selected farmers
  • Village profiles of UTMT’s key project.
  • Blog posts about their experiences

Qualifications

  • As this is a field position, knowledge of Hindi is required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an analytical and creative bent of mind.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.

 

Support and Remuneration

Both in Mumbai and Bhopal, UTMT 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 and Bhopal.
  • Travel into villages in rural India is required. No air conditioning, slow speed and limited internet and phone access at times.

Applying:

MHC students apply for the position on LyonNet ASAP; students who have completed Step 1 of the UAF application are eligible for funding through Lynk UAF.