Looking for an exciting internship opportunity? Put your sales and marketing experience to good use by helping a small Dutch-Cambodian social enterprise to develop innovative strategies and campaigns to build awareness of the company and boost sales.
- Ideal for: Individuals with two-five years experience in a sales and/or marketing role and who are well-versed in the latest sales and marketing techniques as well as tried-and-true practices.
- Project type: Unpaid volunteer position
- Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Duration: 3-6 month commitment.
- Start date: August onwards
- Working hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM
- Reporting to: Director and Founder
- Minimum 3-6 month commitment.
- Minimum 2-year college degree, preferably Masters in marketing or a related field
- At least 2 years prior experience in a sales and/or marketing role
- Good command of the English language;
- Demonstrable experience in marketing and sales together with the potential and attitude required to learn
- Proven experience in identifying target audiences and in creatively devising and leading across channels marketing campaigns that engage, educate and motivate
- Numerically literate, comfortable working with numbers, making sense of metrics and processing figures with spreadsheets
- Good taste, a sense of aesthetics and a love for great copy and witty communication
Personal qualities and attitudes to be successful in the project
- An open and inquisitive attitude. We are a start-up, so you’ll likely end up doing work every now and then that has nothing to do with marketing or communication.
- Flexibility and humor. This is Cambodia, nothing happens as planned. So we need someone who can roll with the punches and see the fun in experiences that sometimes come disguised as frustrating events…!
- Independent worker. You will get the guidance you want and need, but we will gladly give you the space to do your work independently.
Other supporting information required by the host organization
- Reference letter from at least one previous employer
- Photocopy of qualifications and certificates
- Proof of travel and medical insurance
- Evidence of financial self-sustainability during the internship
- Criminal record check
We are a small, 2-year-old Cambodian Social Enterprise. In this role, you will have tremendous opportunities to develop innovative strategies and campaigns that will get the word out about our company, and help boost Sales
- Help build effective channels and strategies to deploy successful marketing and social media campaigns for the markets in UK, Holland and Germany
- Follow up with resellers, and other potential market leads
- Help set Sales and Marketing KPIs, and create strategy to achieve them
- Research potential B2B and B2C customers. Help drive sales – sending marketing emails to customers, attend relevant industry events and conferences
- Oversee day-to-day sales, monitoring and forecasting to better understand market potential
- Continually assess our marketing techniques and their efficacy in affecting sales
- Deploy successful marketing campaigns and own their implementation from ideation to execution. Manage social media accounts and posting relevant content
- Contribute to the health and culture of our local team by bringing your ideas, viewpoints, and creativity
- Making sure the company is Search Engine Optimized to maximize inbound sales opportunities
- Experiment with a variety of organic and paid acquisition channels – content creation, content curation, pay per click campaigns, event management, publicity, social media, lead generation campaigns, copywriting, performance analysis, and much more
- Build strategic relationships and partner with key industry players, agencies and vendors
- Cultivate and deepen client relationships and partnerships that add value
We will work together to achieve your personal goals for this project, be these work-related experiences, new skills, discovering Siem Reap, the temples and Cambodia. We understand that your time in Cambodia is as much about your goals as it is about ours.
- Gain a unique look into the inner workings of a start-up that is slowly moving towards a new phase; developing a new brand and helping it establish itself;
- Understand the challenges of doing business in a developing country;
- Experience the satisfaction of contributing to an organization that positively affects the lives of its employees; and doing all that in a pleasant and fun atmosphere with a team that is really looking forward to your stay here!
What impact will you have?
In terms of work related deliverables, we expect that at the end of the internship, you will have helped us to:
- successfully implement the upcoming season’s marketing strategy;
- engage in positive communication with our customers and influencers;
- develop the rough lines for a follow-up campaign for the Netherlands and an outline for a campaign in UK and Germany.
Other benefits provided for free by the hosted organization during your staying
- Usage of office desk with WiFi
- Usage of motorbike
- Reimbursement for cost of visa
- You will work five days a week, office hours, reporting to the Director and Founder. Our workshop is located in a small traditional wooden Khmer house, surrounded by palm trees and with two dogs called Max and Mickey. It is a shared workshop/office, meaning we are all in the same room and can enjoy easy access to each other.
- We are a social business, not an NGO and we see ourselves as picking up from where the NGO’s phase out: after schooling and training comes the need for a job. A proper job that brings with it all that we want from work: money as well as satisfaction and personal fulfilment.
- At the moment we are still in the start-up phase so we are a small company and there is no profit to speak of. However, we did secure an investment which means that there are funds available to further develop the business.
- Our production team consists of 5 Khmer women and is led by a contributing Khmer production manager. The founder/owner is the only foreigner working in the company, together with the volunteer. And together, they basically do everything that is not related to production. As it goes in start-ups, this may vary from challenging projects that involve strategic planning, to small tasks as diverse as dropping off the tax administration and posting on social media.
The Host Organization
- This professional volunteer project will place you with a Dutch–Cambodian social manufacturer of woollen indoor footwear.
- That’s right, we make woollen slippers in the tropics!
- We were established in 2015 out of the desire to set up a business that is both social and profitable, and that supports a proper work-life balance for all their staff. Because while work can have an amazingly positive contribution to your life, life simply isn’t all about work!
- From design to product development and from sourcing to marketing: everything is being done from their Siem Reap based workshop.
- They currently sell in Holland, Belgium, UK and Germany.
How does this work in practice?
- We wanted to prove that investing in people and the planet is not a nuisance but actually profitable: by taking care of our staff we get commitment and higher productivity in return. By striving for environmental and sustainable solutions a company actually becomes more innovative.
- We set out to create a company culture that is open, friendly and inspiring. We work with our staff on developing new skills and stimulate work in self-managing teams. But we also acknowledge that our staff have a life outside of work, and that the two sometimes affect each other.
- Until now, we have only employed women due to the nature of the work. For women in Cambodia in particular, finding paid employment is not common and it is generally challenging for them to balance the expectations at home with the responsibilities of full time employment. Our open company culture ensures that we are aware of what is going on in the lives of our staff, which allows us to respond when a staff member has issues finding safe daycare for a child for example, or has problems finding transportation to and from work.
- The fact that they have paid employment has a very positive effect on their personal lives that goes far beyond the obvious monetary improvement. Bringing in this money means their role and position in the family change as well and that is where the structural change and development starts.