Events and Marketing Internship


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


4803 Burnet RdAustin, TX 78756


Off-Site Sales and Events Internship

Ten Thousand Villages of Austin (TTV) is a 501(c)(3) fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted works from across the globe. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 70+ retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items.

We are currently looking for an Intern who is passionate about our mission, and interested in helping our store thrive in our new location on Burnet Road. This person will help manage our holiday off site sales and benefit nights, completing logistical tasks associated with these events; increasing their scope and seeking new opportunities.

Off-site sales are opportunities to sell artisan handcrafts outside of our normal retail space. They are often at festivals, markets, or churches and normally take place on the weekends. Benefit Nights are shopping events hosted by Ten Thousand Villages to raise funds for other local nonprofits. October, November and December are the busiest months for both Offsite Sales and Benefit Nights, with multiple events per week. These programs allow us to support our community while building awareness and promoting fair trade outside the store.

We need a well organized Intern to make this year’s holiday season a success and keep the momentum going through next year. This position is perfect for any college student desiring hands-on experience with marketing, sales, inventory, event planning, and nonprofit management!

Intern Responsibilities

  • Manage our offsite sales and Benefit Night calendars and events including soliciting donations for auctions
  • Assist with pack up, tracking inventory, and tracking sales throughout the offsite sale season including drop off and pick up if necessary
  • Assist with in store setup for Benefit Nights when applicable
  • Be an assertive advocate for Ten Thousand Villages and Fair Trade both in store and at off sites
  • Assist with store and organizational tasks
  • Utilize social media to promote the store, mission, offsite sales, and Benefit Nights including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog
  • Provide customer service and conduct register transactions
  • Plan and execute marketing and advertising strategies
  • Distribute tax receipts to vendors

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, electronic) and a cooperative work style
  • Highly organized and able to multitask and manage multiple projects along a timeline
  • Customer Service experience and strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency using Google Drive, Mail and Calendar apps, and able to learn new software quickly
  • Assertive, proactive, and able to take initiative and step outside comfort zone to learn new skills
  • Enjoys using and understands Social Media
  • Passionate about fair trade and/or global social justice

Internship Perks

  • 20% off all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin
  • Positive, innovative, and fun work environment at an organization that has been named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 7 years in a row by the Ethisphere Institute
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded community members
  • Professional development through Ten Thousand Villages evaluations and relevant training sessions

Interested applicants should submit brief letter of interest and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator, Jenna Gallagher, at Internship requires 10-20 hours per week based in our new location at 4803 Burnet Rd (some hours can be completed remotely)


  • Advertising
  • Organization
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Customer Service

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 - 20 hours

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