Dr. Bronner’s is committed to building the Fair Trade movement in as many ways as possible. To this end, we launched a Fair Trade Internship Program in 2017 whose aim is to inspire aspiring undergraduate students with first-hand knowledge of how a viable Fair Trade business actually functions. Through a weekly Fair Trade curriculum, rotational exposure to different aspects of our business operations, and individual department-specific project work within the “engine room” of the company, our interns will both contribute to the business and, more importantly, will learn about Dr. Bronner’s, Fair Trade supply chains, and Fair Trade principles in action. We hope that this program will plant seeds in the minds of our interns and help shape the careers of future business leaders.

Internship Objectives

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade internship program will:

  • Educate undergraduate students about Fair Trade principles;
  • Provide meaningful work experience for undergraduate students within an inspiring Fair Trade company;
  • Introduce myths and truths of Fair Trade business practices via weekly Fair Trade thematic seminars;
  • Create a cohort experience wherein interns work together to explore and share Fair Trade principles;

Program Focus & Curriculum

Each Intern will have administrative/supportive tasks and a single larger project to complete over the course of the summer that contributes to the business, within one or more of the following departments:

  • Finance/Accounting
  • Quality
  • Research & Development
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Production Administration (Lean Manufacturing/Production)

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To gain a broader understanding of both Dr. Bronner’s as a business and of Fair Trade principles, Interns will attend  weekly seminars at lunch featuring different department leaders following the program curriculum outlined below. In some cases, Interns will also spend time during that week working with that department (e.g. filling soap, doing a foam event, demo in-store, etc.). Topics of Fair Trade Principles include: Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Projects, Fair Trade Premiums, Fair Trade Schemes, Authentic Fair Trade, Domestic Fair Trade, Fair Trade Activism, Keys to Fair Trade Success, and The Future of Fair Trade.

For background information about Fair Trade, we encourage students to visit: and

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Candidates must have an understanding and interest in organic, fair trade, and ethical business models. Demonstrated interest in sustainability, philanthropy, and/or social justice is preferred.
  • Candidates must be full-time undergraduate students, enrolled in a Business or related program such as Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Marketing, Mathematics, Supply Chain Logistics. (tentative graduation date 2021-2022)
  • Candidates must be returning to school for at least one semester after the internship session.
  • Candidates must be in good standing with their College or University. 3.0 GPA or higher preferred (transcripts required).
  • Candidates must be able to complete an internship lasting nine (9) weeks between June 3 and July 31, 2020.
  • Candidates must have the ability to relocate for the duration of the internship and must provide own transportation to/from work.
  • Must be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
  • All interns are full-time (40 hours per week) paid positions. Occasional evening and weekend work schedule may be expected. Work schedule generally Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day, with the exceptions noted above.
  • All internship positions are located in Vista, California at Dr. Bronner’s headquarters.
  • Candidates must have strong communication skills and proficiency in English (both oral and written), and ability to interact with team members of all levels.
  • Candidates must have the ability to communicate effectively among a diverse workforce population and maintain sound working relationships with fellow employees.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented and able to multi-task and prioritize effectively.
  • Candidates must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Candidates must have a desire to create a positive impact.
  • Candidates must maintain a high degree of confidentiality over all matters in the course of business operations and employee information.
  • Candidates must demonstrate an ability to learn quickly, work well independently, work in a team environment, and be able to manage multiple projects.
  • All interns will be required to complete a project at the end of the internship program.

Additional Perks

  • Fair & loving culture that treats employees like family!
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Free daily vegan lunches
  • Furnished, subsidized housing (relocation not included), shared housing for interns is provided in North County San Diego, California.
  • Exposure to senior leadership through project presentation and mentoring
  • Casual dress code (jeans & t-shirts are appropriate for everyday)
  • Weekly meetings with Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade industry leaders and allies
  • Intern team events

Application Instructions

Please ensure you have read the entire announcement below before applying.

Be prepared to upload (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) college transcript (unofficial is fine), (4) a letter of recommendation from a previous employer or professor, and (5) Send us a 2-minute video (optional). The first page of the online application will allow you to attach your resume and additional documents. You may upload the 2- minute video clip as a separate attachment or email the link to

Incomplete applications (for example, a missing cover letter) will not be considered.

Answer the following questions in your cover letter:

  1. Why are you interested in an internship with Dr. Bronner’s?
  2. Why are you applying for this specific internship position?
  3. What are your qualifications, including any previous work or internship experience? (If you are applying for more than one department, explain how you can add value in multiple practical areas)
  4. What unique experience and/or quality would you bring to this internship?

Answer the following questions in your 2-minute clip (optional):

  1. Introduce Yourself
  2. Tell us what interests you in this role and why we should choose you!
    • Leadership roles in school, volunteer work, clubs, or organizations
    • Current or recent work experience related to the field of interest
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Humility and hunger to learn

Full consideration will only be given to applications received by 11:59 pm PST on December 1, 2019.

If Dr. Bronner’s sees that a successful candidate will be more effective in a different department than was identified in the application, this will be communicated prior to the interview process.

Applications will be accepted starting October 11, 2019 until December 1, 2019.

Please apply and submit all documents by 11:59 pm on December 1, 2019.

You are reminded to avoid last minute application because the online system would likely be overloaded with a large volume of applicants on the closing date.

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