Business Development Internship at Ethical Fashion Brand

About the host organisation

The organisation is India’s first 100% Organic and Fairtrade fashion brand, based in Goa. Their mission is to create a brand that people love, all enabled by their focus on minimal design, attractive artwork and sustainable packaging. Convergence and collaboration is a big part of what the organisation does, whether it is ethical brands and consumer movements or organisations working on social & environmental causes, they’re joining hands with like-minded folks every step of the way.

About the internship

A business development professional has three primary responsibilities:

  • Identifying new sales leads
  • Researching ethical fashion stores around the world who could potentially stock the brand’s products
  • Identifying new leads and potential markets
  • Contacting potential clients and arranging meetings
  • Develop strategies and taking up projects to help the organisation reach new markets
  • Pitching products/services
  • Developing presentations and pitch
  • Contacting clients in relation to new products/developments
  • Negotiation and renegotiation
  • Maintaining fruitful relationships with existing customers
  • Responding to wholesale customer queries

Overall, you will have the opportunity to gain professional experience within an area of great importance to any business enabling you to develop essential skills to boost your global employability.

What are we looking for?

For this internship, we are looking for a student or graduate who must meet the following requirements:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for fashion and sustainability
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Willingness to ‘muck in’ and support the team in activities outside of the job description
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail

What you will gain

Being part of an early stage, globally focused and dynamic startup team, you will get a real feel for what it takes to create a movement – both locally and globally, and to build communities of passionate fans & customers. Working alongside business development & sales team to create a sales process, you will understand the approach this small brand has taken to create a name for itself within the ethical fashion industry.

You will receive hands on mentoring and experience first-hand, eastern business culture while also influencing the growth and culture of the team immensely. You will take away great insights into building a purposeful organisation and long-lasting culture, in addition to significant sales skills and experience acquired during your time with the company.

What is included?

An opportunity such as this can be extremely exciting, but also overwhelming and you will be supported throughout the process from beginning to end. You’ll be supported throughout your internship with on-ground programme coordinators available to assist you whenever required. Not only will you have your own designated programme coordinator, you will meet a variety of people including other interns and colleagues at work enabling you to expand your global network creating lasting memories and friendships.

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