Under the Mango Tree

*Note: Field Office (World Bank Developmental Marketplace Award) Internship is an extended opportunity. Please follow guidelines for rolling applications

Company Profile
Under The Mango Tree (www.utmt.in) is a social enterprise, founded in 2008, that 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.

Through its non-profit, UTMT Society, Under The Mango Tree 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 undergraduates 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, the fervor to make a difference 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.

For more insight into the UTMT opportunity read about experiences of former intern Danashree Patil.  Also, visit Gabriella Crimi's photo set.

Support and Remuneration
In Mumbai, UTMT will help the intern look for housing which will be paid for by the intern. In its field office, UTMT will provide housing. In return the intern will be required to contribute towards housing and maintenance.

As office equipment at UTMT is limited, interns may find that using their own devices (e.g., laptop, phone, camera), will enable increased productivity and flexibility in carrying out given assignments. To support communication needs of interns, UTMT will provide and pay for USB internet ports, plus a small stipend to cover local travel and mobile phone usage.

Logistics

  • Travel into villages in rural India is required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.
  • No-frill travel by train or bus, no air conditioning, limited internet and phone access at times.

 

Internship Posts for 2014

Marketing Internship (Gifting Initiative)
The idea of gifting of honey for special occasions is new in India and UTMT has started entering this space with interest. This internship will provide the intern hands-on-experience in sales and marketing with a focus on gifting. This internship will have on two inter-linked deliverables:

  • Undertake a market analysis of India’s gifting industry with recommendations for UTMT’s future strategy.
  • Support UTMT’s sales and marketing team. The intern will work closely with UTMT’s gifting team, participate and support them prepare for the Gifting season by developing marketing, communications and collateral requirements. The intern will provide inputs into packaging ideas, gifting presentations, writing press articles, in addition to attending client meetings.

In addition, the intern will support UTMT through weekly blog entries and other communication activities documenting their internship. The intern is expected to visit UTMT field areas so as to orient herself to UTMT’s social impact.

Location
This is a Mumbai based internship.

Qualifications

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

Field Office Internship (World Bank Developmental Marketplace Award) 
UTMT was awarded the World Bank Developmental Marketplace Award in 2013, to expand its Bees for Poverty Reduction initiative into the state of Madhya Pradesh. This internship will be based in UTMT’s recently established field office in Bhopal (state capital of Madhya Pradesh) and will support activities funded under this grant. Field visits to villages supported are part of this internship. Possible projects:

  • Develop a framework for the establishment of a Local Bee-keeping resource center which will be an information and infrastructure dissemination center on beekeeping for the local community and will be managed and maintained by the local community.
  • Finalize case studies of Beekeeper farmers and develop visual aids on beekeeping to be used for training and awareness. Examples: Posters, Photo montages and videos of case studies, etc.
  • Support UTMT through weekly blog entries and other communication activities documenting their internship.

Location
This internship is based in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh with monthly travel to the Mumbai office.

Qualifications

  • Interest in international/rural grassroots development.
  • Knowledge of Hindi would be an asset, though definitely not essential.
  • Strong analytical and research experience with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative bent of mind.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment without much access to urban amenities.