One door closes…

…and another opens.  It is sad to say, but the time has arrived for us to say goodbye to our Marketing and Social Media interns.  However, despite our sadness at letting them go, we are so excited for their future endeavors and to work with our new intern in the summer!

Alyssa bids us farewell after nearly a year working as our Social Media Intern.  We are sad to lose her, but alas we must as she will be heading to Uruguay to study for the Fall semester!  Alyssa started at Ten Thousand Villages almost two years ago as a volunteer during her freshman year just down the road at St. Edward’s University.  She is studying Sociology and Spanish.

During her time here, Alyssa produced several videos, wrote about 20 blog posts, and scheduled countless facebook posts and tweets.  She also helped to organize and promote several events, such as One Reason Why and International Women’s Week. She also coordinated several online and in-store competitions–her favorite competition was the Favorite Things Competition.  Her final project has been to create a three part Social Media Report with information on our progress and ideas for the future on Facebook, WordPress, and Twitter.

Volunteer Coordinator, Alice May Berthelsen, says that “Alyssa has certainly taken our Social Media efforts ‘to the next level’ and has created a wonderful platform for us to use in our future endeavors… and that’s no small feat!”

Bernie leaves us after working hard for a semester as our Marketing Intern.  She will be returning home for the summer to work and, of course, continue photography.  Bernie also attends St. Edward’s University and is studying Photography and Communications.

While with us, Bernie has helped us develop marketing strategies for e-mail and for events such as World Fair Trade Day.  She also created the adorable scrapbook you might have seen in the store documenting Kitty’s adventures through India.

As Store Manager, Kitty Bird, says:

“I really enjoyed Bernie’s passion and excitement–it was easy to see how dedicated she was to the cause.  She always came to the store with great ideas and ready to work.”

 We look forward to seeing all the wonderful things Bernie will do with her life–don’t forget about us when you are a famous band promoter/photographer!

The Social Media Internship and the Marketing Internship will be combined after this semester to create one super awesome position–the Communications Internship.  This position will be filled by Baillee for the summer.  NOTE: keep posted for a blog post introducing Baillee, a super fun and quirky girl and also a St. Edward’s student (where y’all at, UT students?!) 😉  However, the Communications Internship as well as the Education Internship will be available for the Fall semesters.  If you are interested, read below for more information on these two positions. If you’re not interested, then use the extra time to go sign-up for our Fair Trade Challenge!


Role: Maintain Facebook and Twitter accounts, assist with planning and strategizing our major events, send out store/ product related emails to customer base, write occasional blog posts, assemble calendar for blog post and major events, and create signage to display around the store advertising new items, sale items, etc. Engage with customer base on sales floor, be an assertive advocate for Ten Thousand Villages of Austin in networking with other organizations, and nurture and poster partnerships with other organizations.

Skills needed: email marketing/ social media, customer service, fundraising, assertive work style. Graphic design a plus!


Role: Assist the Volunteer Coordinator and the Education Group in training and educating volunteers, customers, and the Austin Community about Fair Trade

Skills needed: Passion for the learning process, enjoy engaging in meaningful discussions with others, and drive to learn more about Fair Trade.

Interested? Email Alice May at