Global Gifts Short North partners with The Ohio State University by offering internships to students interested in hands on learning at a nonprofit organization. We offer semester-long internships in the following areas: community engagement and social media, business management, visual display, and retail experience. All interns gain valuable skills while also getting to know more about fair trade and its importance in the global marketplace.
Meet two of the five talented students who have internships at Global Gifts Short North this summer:
Brandon Stine is our retail intern this semester. He is a senior at OSU majoring in Fashion and Retail Studies with a focus on merchandising. Brandon chose Global Gifts as a place to gain management skills, while also being able to help people in need. He tells us that he’s been, “gaining great experience in working with others as well as store operation.” He aspires to be a buyer for a clothing company in Columbus after graduation.
Brandon says that one of the best parts of interning at Global Gifts is the people he encounters here. “Everyone is very friendly and happy to help you learn.” His favorite products in the store are the handmade Shesham wood puzzle boxes from India. According to Brandon, Fair Trade is important because it helps, “those living in poverty earn their way out and to help their families gain a chance for a brighter future.”
Carlee Frank is our community engagement/social media intern this summer. She is a fourth-year student majoring in Journalism, with minors in Spanish and Anthropology. With a love for travel, Carlee has visited Bolivia and her dream is to do mission work and write as a freelancer for publications.
Global Gifts’ mission was what drew Carlee to apply to intern at the store. She says, “Fair trade is not just a hashtag on Twitter, but it makes huge beneficial impacts to struggling communities, empowers women and so much more...I guess I was attracted by its goodness.” She tells us how excited she has been, over the course of her internship, to see the way that the Fair Trade movement is growing at the local level here in Columbus and nationally and internationally too.
According to Carlee, Fair Trade is important because, “Not only does it support (artisans and farmer-producers) financially, it allows some to send their children to school, and it also shows them that someone cares….”
We’re grateful for the care and engagement that’s demonstrated by all of our interns as they help contribute to Global Gifts’ mission! If you would like more information about Global Gifts internships in Columbus, email store manager Alissa Head at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-621-1744. Click here for contact information for other Global Gifts locations.