Internships

 
Madda-Studio-Oaxaca-Design

GENERAL INFO & APPLICATION PROCESS

We are always looking for talented, curious, responsible and flexible students or recent graduates interested in putting their design skills and/or business training into action to support Madda Studio, a small socially responsible textile business. This is an exciting opportunity to significantly contribute to the growth and sustainability of a local economic development project/business impacting families in Oaxaca and Chiapas.  Based in Oaxaca, Mexico, we can offer the right candidate the opportunity to implement their skills in all aspects of our socially responsible business from learning the process of natural dyeing, visiting weavers in their homes, to coming up with ways of streamlining the business and production. This is a chance to learn about working respectfully with artisans and developing their traditional skills into contemporary products.

These positions are based in Oaxaca, Mexico and are unpaid internships. If we are able, we can sometimes provide housing, but it is a case by case basis. We are flexible with dates and timing, but generally most successful internships are at least 4-6 weeks.  We have rolling applications, so apply whenever you are able and we will be in touch with you shortly after to determine if you are a good match with our timing and current needs.

Please send  your resume and cover letter  to studio@maddastudio.com


In your cover letter please include:

  1. Your Name, email, phone number Skype info

  2. The dates you are available to be in Oaxaca and how many hours a week you could work with us

  3. Why you are interested in working with us? Why this position? What do you hope to get out of this internship?

  4. What do you feel you can contribute? What is your relevant experience and skills?

  5. Your resume

DESIGN & PRODUCTION

  • Work with Maddalena as her assistant in the dye kitchen – prep wool and cotton for dyeing, learn about natural dyes and the full cycle of dyeing with plants; organize the studio; keep track of raw material inventory; create yarn samples for marketing, etc.

  • Assist with our quality control systems and packing orders

  • Learn and assist Madda with the felting process for our pillow line

  • Accompany Maddalena to visit weavers and capture key notes and data for our records

  • Make samples of each design for our design library on our loom in the studio

  • Help to come up with ways to streamline the production process

OPERATIONS & MARKETING

  • Draft newsletters about our partners/artisans and activities

  • Develop our database of contacts/clients

  • Contribute to brainstorming ideas for marketing projects, activities, and growing the client base

  • In collaboration with Maddalena and Marie assist with writing, editing, and or/translation of documents, reports, and website content (Spanish to English/English to Spanish)

  • With Marie and Maddalena, make a social media plan and draft posts for Instagram– set up hoot suite Pinterest etc.

  • In collaboration with Maddalena, create a binder of designs using Illustrator or other design software

  • Assist with developing marketing materials

  • Organize our digital library of images

  • Research and create a calendar of industry events and trade shows

  • Research key media outlets for pitching our story to

  • Research funding opportunities for our wool supply chain development project in Chiapas

IDEAL CANDIDATES QUALITIES

  • Detail oriented: you pay attention to grammar, punctuation, design, and formatting to ensure consistency on the marketing side; on the production side, you notice the details of seams, color etc.

  • You have experience in weaving and textile production for the textile internship

  • Keen eye for design: you have training in design or have a developed eye for design in general and experience and knowledge about textiles and textile design, as well as graphic design.

  • Strong writer and communicator

  • Responsible and organized

  • A problem solver who thinks critically and comes up with creative practical solutions

  • Strong written and spoken English and Spanish skills (this could be flexible depending on the candidate and the position)

  • Experience and knowledge of design software (illustrator, indesign etc.)

  • Flexible and adaptable – things are always changing here!

  • Appreciation and respect for other cultures, traditions and interest in learning about them


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