Fair Trade Intern


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), and (4) a letter of recommendation from previous employer or professor. The first page of the online application will allow you to attach your resume and additional documents.

Candidates who do not provide a compelling answer to “Why do you want to work at Dr. Bronner’s” in their cover letter may not be considered. Additionally, incomplete application materials (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 and 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 practice areas)
  3. What unique experience and/or quality would you bring to this internship?

Full consideration will be given to applications received by 12:00 Midnight on February 16, 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.


This is a 10-week summer internship from May 28 – July 31, 2019. The Fair Trade Intern will gain an understanding of Fair Trade business practices and operations by being a part of Dr. Bronner’s operations team. Each Fair Trade Intern will support Dr. Bronner’s business operations in one of the departments: Finance, Human Resources, Logistics, Operations Administration, Operations Services & Innovation, and Production Administration. Under direct and general supervision, the Fair Trade Intern will assist with the coordination and execution of the company’s activities under the direction of their Managers through individual project responsibility and administrative support.  Interns will be assigned individual and group projects and research topics within their departments based on area of study/interest and current needs of the department. The Interns will participate as an active Dr. Bronner’s team member, providing support to ongoing departmental efforts and company special projects as needed. Below you will find the essential duties and responsibilities for each of the intern positions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other comparable duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


The Finance and Accounting Internship position provides an opportunity for students who are currently pursuing an accounting degree to get hands on experience working with Financial systems (ERP), Data structure, and relational database. Student must have completed relevant courses in finance and accounting with a strong desire and motivation to develop a career as a future leader in the finance function. Must have strong quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Minimum requirements include familiarity with basics of accounting, SQL intermediate, strong Excel skills, and detail-oriented.

  • Learn the Accounts Payable function by shadowing employees in the different A/P groups.
  • Participate in the month-end close process: reviewing account balances, creating/posting journal entries, preparing reports and reconciling accounts.
  • Research various accounting and process improvement topics and provide recommendations.
  • Redesign and implementation of ERP User Permissioning.
  • Design and development of new custom managerial financial reports.
  • Design and implementation of automated expense tracking for existing Excel based applications.
  • Document SOPS for various functions within Finance and Accounting.
  • Assist Accounting as needed with daily functions.


This internship is an entry level position for a candidate looking to start their HR career. The primary responsibility for this position is to support the HR functions at Dr. Bronner’s. The ideal candidate will be pursuing a degree in Human Resources or related field. Minimum requirements include excellent communication skills, the ability to maintain high confidentiality, and proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

  • Will be exposed to all sectors of Human Resources – Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment, Payroll, Safety & Training.
  • Assist in customizing Dr. Bronner’s training & safety program via digital or print media.
  • Assist with job descriptions and measuring competencies.
  • Analyze data and create reports on recruiting methods and provide suggestions on expanding recruiting efforts.
  • Assist in employee engagement program.


  • Analyze data and create reports of domestic and international multimodal transportation network.
  • Developed assigned projects that will help you and the organization make better operational decisions.
  • Ability to think on your feet to solve problems arising all day, every day that require immediate attention.
  • Understand, in and out, the procedure and flow of warehousing operations.
  • Support the coordination of a complex global supply chain network where odds are against you and there’s no guarantee of success.
  • Having an understanding and passion for a multicultural environment, languages, international trade and current geo-political affairs is a must.


The focus of this internship position is specifically to provide assistance to those in our Operations Administration team (Ops Admin).  The Ops Admin team is our interface between the real world of receiving, production and warehousing and the accounting system used to track and manage.

  • Prepare paperwork for customer shipment needs.
  • Help with inventory control including a companywide physical count.
  • Transfer and reconcile inventory between warehouses.
  • Issue purchase orders.
  • Process purchase order receipts.
  • Take the lead on a research project related to investigating inventory adjustments.


  • Provide assistance with the coordination and paperwork preparation for the USDA National Organic Program facility organic audit.
  • Provide support to the quality team by performing raw material and finished product laboratory sample preparation and submission, recording test results, and analyzing and filing third-party lab test results.
  • Enter data and perform data fact checking within our Access-based label revision and packaging revision databases and physical sample files for all product labels.
  • Take the lead on a research project analyzing the potential for Dr. Bronner’s to work with our contract manufacturers and domestic suppliers to advance domestic fair trade principles.
  • Create a samples and materials testing calendar and storage system to improve space utilization in the offices and laboratory.


The focus of this internship position is specifically to provide assistance to those in our Production Administration team.  As Dr. Bronner’s is a manufacturing business, our Production Admin team is at the heart of what we do.  This group oversees production, labor allocation, and scheduling for our major product lines.

  • Schedule production runs based on multiple departmental parameters.
  • Help with inventory control including a company-wide physical count.
  • Communicate with our shipping department to insure products are ready for on time shipments.
  • Operate production equipment.  This will teach the nuts and bolts of the manufacturing floor.
  • Interface with other departments regarding immediate information or product needs.
  • Take the lead on a project related to storing and cataloguing our label stock.

The Fair Trade Interns will be in a cohort interacting together, with their immediate managers, and will have the opportunity over the course of the summer to interact with a wide range of employees throughout Dr. Bronner’s, including but not limited to the Chief Operating Officer, Production Manager, Operations Administration team, Marketing team, Sales & Customer Service teams, Operations Services & Innovation team, Sr. Logistics Manager, and key warehouse workers.


  • Currently enrolled in second or third year of post-secondary education with one or more years left until graduation.
  • Fluent in English with demonstrated ability to correspond with professionalism in verbal and written communication;
  • Extremely organized with outstanding attention to detail;
  • Top-tier customer service skills and problem-solver attitude;
  • Ability to do work independently and also work as a team;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Work always with spirit of resilience, flexibility, enthusiasm, urgency, teamwork and cooperation;
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to create a positive impact;
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality over all matters in the course of business operations and employee information;
  • Understanding and interest in organic, fair trade, and ethical business models preferred.
  • Majoring in a business-related discipline such as Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Marketing, Mathematics, Supply Chain Logistics, or a similar field preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainability, philanthropy, and/or social justice preferred.

Any combination of educational and work experience that would be equivalent to the stated minimum requirements would qualify for consideration of this position.

Tools and Equipment Used

Computer, limited lab equipment, and standard office equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to

  • Performs work in climate controlled office and laboratory settings, occasional warehouse work
  • Sits, stands, walks, reaches above and below shoulder heights, climbs stairs, bends and stoops, crawls, kneels and uses hands, arms and legs for dexterity and balance requiring use of both arms and legs frequently.
  • Frequent interruptions and work under pressure of time with multiple priorities.
  • Occasionally lifts, carries and balances objects weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Pulls and pushes such objects as file drawers, loaded carts, pallet jack, computers and similar office equipment and supplies.
  • Prioritizes and multi-tasks work and projects requiring good memory, concentration and analytical thinking.
  • Occasionally is required to perform the safe operation of a vehicle, office equipment and machines, and recognize and abate safety hazards within the workplace.
  • Frequently work alone but is occasionally required to interact or perform and communicate with others.
  • Must be able to smell, hear, see including distinction of colors, read and communicate verbally and in writing frequently with a wide range of people from divergent socio-economic backgrounds and origins.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, and hearing of normal conversation is required.