About the Host Organisation
This organisation is a socially responsible travel & tourism company whose mission is to provide authentic and thought-provoking local experiences through city and multi-day tours while using the profits to create change in the communities with which they work. The company operates a world famous slum tour– which 15,000 people participated in last year– which aims to raise awareness and dispel negative attitudes about underprivileged communities. Importantly, 80% of all the post-tax profits are used to fund their sister organisation. The company was the overall winner at the 2012 Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards and also was awarded “Best in Poverty Reduction”. They were also recognised by the judges at last year’s Wild Asia Responsible Tourism awards. The company has between 12-16 employees (seasonally) as well as a further 10 staff. The company is a grassroutes organisation with an open, relaxed culture full of employees who love exploring India and sharing it with others!
About the Internship
The company currently runs several tours including, slum tours, bicycle tours, market tours, street food tours and city night tours.
Interns could expect to be fully involved in many aspects of the company including, the general marketing duties, basic design work, recruiting Mystery Customers and collating feedback, managing database entry for all feedback, providing feedback on all tours and ensuring quality, contributing to guide development, researching promotion opportunities (agents, online platforms, local hotels and restaurants) as per their passions and experience.
What We Are Looking For
For this internship, we are looking for a penultimate or final year student or a graduate who must meet the following requirements:
- Passionate about travel particularly in Mumbai, India
- Interest in the tourism or marketing sector
- Confident working with people from diverse backgrounds
- Enthusiasm, energy and passion for learning
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Positive, can-do attitude
- Willingness to ‘muck in’ and support the team in activities outside of your job description
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Self-motivated and proactive
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Additionally, the following is desirable though not essential:
- Previous experience in marketing
- Previous experience of travelling and/or working/volunteering in India
What You Will Gain
During your internship here, you will get a great insight into many facets of working in a socially-responsible tour operator. In addition to being positively challenged in an eastern work culture environment, you will gain valuable, hands-on work experience and have the opportunity to better understand if this is a career you wish to pursue in your future. You will work with and learn from experienced, passionate, inspirational people from a diverse set of backgrounds that will help develop your tourism and marketing skills. Above all you will be a part of an experienced, motivated team who are more than happy to support you in all aspects of your time living and interning in Mumbai.
Your Internship Location
Mumbai is a thriving Indian metropolis, and one of the largest cities in the world. You’ll find people from across India and the world living traditionally Indian lifestyles and incredibly western ones too! Mumbai is a mix of old and new and shows a beautiful glimpse into life in India.
Interning with Pave allows you to participate in one of the fastest growing and most dynamic economies in the world, India! India is the second most populous country, the world’s largest democracy and a rapidly emerging economy primed for even further growth. Immense opportunity for professional development awaits you as companies seek to expand into new markets, strengthen their communications strategies and scale their businesses.