Fashion & Merchandising Internship

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The Sankofa Center, a non-profit based in Sunnyvale California is a unique arts-based HIV prevention organization that maintains education programs in Africa . As our primary fundraising effort for our HIV programs in Africa we maintain a vibrant fair-trade globally inspired artisanal line sold both retail and wholesale worldwide. Sold in top retailers such as "Anthropologie", "Viva Terra", and featured in "Vogue" press, our line is looking for those interested in learning more about the wholesale/retail world in a real world setting.

We are accepting fashion/retail/and merchandising interns at our Sunnyvale base to assist in the esthetics of product features for our online presence with rotating "lookbooks", product specials, and various promotions of the line. Some interns from our Sunnyvale location may be selected to assist in attending industry trade shows and/or other events in the promotion of the line at fashion trade shows in San Francisco and New York.


Under the direction of Executive Director and mandates from the Office Manager, you will learn various industry trends of the wholesale/retail industry with specific focus on the fair-trade, artisanal, and globally inspired focus. Photographing, styling and editing products for photo shoots, working with graphic design interns on esthetics for promotional layouts, meeting with staff and interns on projects, & assisting with product stock & shipping will be daily duties. Interns selected for trade show "rep" presentations will also interact with designers and buyers and learn how to place orders. The intern will also be assisting the sales and operation manager with online boutique, merchandising products for the online store, management of the warehouse.


• Photography/editing skills (& equipment/software) for merchandising of various products online
• Eye for detail and understanding of trends
• Must possess all equipment and software for duties
• Organizational skills and able to follow directions closely
• Computer literate and able to manage esthetics of the online store under specific direction

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