Under the Mango Tree

Photo of an MHC student interning with Under the Mango Tree

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:

Impact Documentation Internship

Internship Purpose:

Internship to support UTMT document impact of its Bees for Poverty Reduction initiative and its work with farmers. The intern will work with the not-for-profit team to develop positive human interest stories that generate publicity; they will build collaterals to showcase impact to support UTMT Society’s communications requirements.

Possible project deliverables:

  • Village profiles of UTMT’s key project villages to provide an insight of the village’s demography, geography, basic facilities and UTMT’s impact on villagers and the economy.
  • Case studies and video diaries of selected farmers.
  • A photo montage of UTMT’s work in the state.
  • Fund raising dossier. 
  • Blog posts about their experience.

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative bent of mind
  • Good camera skills
  • Interest in rural grassroots development.
  • Knowledge of Hindi is preferred, though not essential.
  • 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

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. The Impact Intern may travel frequently to Maharashtra and Gujarat program areas.
  • No air conditioning, slow speed and limited internet and phone access at times.

Former UTMT Intern

Phyu-Sin-Lin Than interned with Under the Mango Tree as a marketing intern.

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