OUR TEAM

Surekha Kulkarni

Founder & Executive Director

Surekha Kulkarni learned the art of jewelry making while on a trip in India and fell in love, which led to teaching a class for students at Jefferson Community College. While volunteering with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Surekha encountered several women trying to market their handmade jewelry, and she had an idea. She organized a home party for them to sell their work, and within one hour they had sold over $1,000 worth of jewelry!

Beaded Treasures Project began with this small group of dedicated women. Surekha continued teaching more advanced techniques as well as business skills. It wasn't long before word spread  and more women joined the project. Since 2011, Surekha has taught jewelry making to hundreds of resettled refugee women in Louisville, KY through Beaded Treasures' "Skills Training Workshops." 

surekha@beadedtreasuresproject.com

Sara Giza

Program Manager 

Sara Giza has spent the past ten years working in various nonprofits and community based organizations.  Most recently, she's worked in advocacy with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.  She is also an established writer, writing frequently for Louisville's Voice-Tribune among other publications.  With a passion for service, Sara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and is currently pursuing her MSSW.  Sara joined Beaded Treasures Project's staff in 2017.

sara@beadedtreasuresproject.com

2017 INTERNSHIPS OPEN

Applications for Summer and Fall 2017 internships are currently open! Please read the different opportunities below!

How to apply:
Submit your resume and a short, one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship.
Please be sure to include the following information: birth date, year in school, and availability. 
Submit to: surekha@beadedtreasuresproject.com


Photography & Graphic Design Internship

DURATION: 3 months

HOURS: Minimum 10 hours per week

What you will gain:
An internship with the Project will be a career-enhancing opportunity that will position you for your dream career. You will gain valuable insights into composition, graphic design, marketing, photography, women's issues, community engagement, and much more. 

What you will be doing:
The Photography intern is vital to BTP's marketing, community awareness, and online sales. A creative individual who possesses strong photography skills, a head for design, and who thinks creatively will thrive! Photography will include sessions with models, event photography, and inventory photography, giving you a wide range to use your skills!

Core Responsibilities:
>> Take photos of products, sales events, and refugee workshops. 
>> Assist with creative direction of photoshoots, which will often include models.
>> Create visual graphics for online and promotional use.
>> Work alongside the events team, social media team, and inventory. 
>> And more!

Requirements:
>> Enrolled in an undergraduate program or a recent graduate.  
>> Intending to register this internship for school credit hours if possible.
>>  Available to work minimum 10 hours per week. 
>> Desired degree programs include: photography, graphic design, art, communications, marketing, international studies, business, women’s issues, social work, and others. 


Social Media Internship

DURATION: 3 months

HOURS: Minimum 10 hours per week

What you will gain:
An internship with the Project will be a career-enhancing opportunity that will position you for your dream career. You will gain valuable insights into social media strategies, web content creation, marketing, sales strategies, nonprofit management, women's issues, community engagement, and much more. Working with our diverse community of women and community leaders will ensure the hands on experience necessary for navigating any future employment opportunities.

What you will be doing:
The Social Media intern is vital to BTP's community awareness and online sales. A creative individual who possesses strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and who thinks outside the box will thrive! Your daily tasks will be changing (and challenging!), but always meaningful. 

Core Responsibilities:
>> Assist with the creation of social media campaigns.
>> Engage the online community and increase online sales.
>> Maintain and monitor BTP's social media calendar and platforms (Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
>> Assist the Assistant Director in developing and implementing online marketing solutions. 
>> Interact with the ‘socially conscious’ community online.
>> Plan and organize the editorial calendar alongside the Blogging intern and staff. 

Requirements:
>> Enrolled in an undergraduate program or a recent graduate.  
>> Desired degree programs include: communications, marketing, international studies, business, women’s issues, social work, and others. 


Web Content and Blogging Internship

DURATION: 3 months

HOURS: Minimum 10 hours per week

What you will gain:
An internship with the Project will be a career-enhancing opportunity that will position you for your dream career. You will gain valuable insights into online blogging, web content development, writing, non-profit management, women's issues, marketing, community engagement, and much more. Working with our diverse community of women and community leaders will ensure the hands on experience necessary for navigating any future employment opportunities. 

What you will be doing:
The Web Content & Blogging intern will be instrumental in maintaining BTP’s online presence within the”‘socially conscious” consumer community. Organizations like BTP operate successfully when expressing a strong narrative. It is your responsibility to help us in refining and expressing our narrative of self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship. This position will give you a running start in your writing or web content career!

Core Responsibilities:
>> Maintain written content for the Project website and create weekly blog posts.
>> Update the website with new content.
>> Collaborate with BTP staff on blog themes, narratives, and special occasions pieces. 
>> Plan and organize the editorial calendar alongside the Social Media intern and staff. 
>> Assist staff with other projects that require strong writing skills.

Requirements:
>> Enrolled in an undergraduate program or a recent graduate.  
>> Desired degree programs include: English, communications, website development, graphic design, marketing, international studies, business, women’s issues, social work, and others. 

 

Programs & Workshop Internship

DURATION: 3 months

HOURS: Minimum 10 hours per week

What you will gain:
An internship with the Project will be a career-enhancing opportunity that will position you for your dream career. You will gain valuable insights into program coordination, community development, economic empowerment, nonprofit management, women's issues, community engagement, and much more. Working with our diverse community of women and community leaders will ensure the hands on experience necessary for navigating any future employment opportunities.

What you will be doing:
The Programs and Workshops Intern will be assisting instructors at our workshops. The ideal person for this position has an interest in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), engaging with diverse populations, and in community development. This internship will require regular attendance for our classes, so those who can set their schedule accordingly, and/or who are flexible, will be given preference.

Core Responsibilities
>> Assist instructors with classroom management
 
>> Collect and maintain participant contact information
>> Engage the women that we work with.
>> Create and send out emails listing future events for our program participants
>> Collect and organize class inventory
>> Update participants on current jewelry trends, i.e. creating a common Pinterest board.

Requirements
>> Enrolled in an undergraduate program or a recent graduate.  
>> Available to work 10 hours per week.
>> Able to regularly attend program class schedules.
>> Desired degree programs include: communications, marketing, international studies, business, women’s issues, social work, and others.


Operations and Events Internship

DURATION: 3 months

HOURS: Minimum 10 hours per week

What you will gain: 
An internship with the Project will be a career-enhancing opportunity that will position your for your dream career. You will gain valuable insights into non-profit operations, event management, sales, women's issues, community engagement, and much more. Working with our diverse community of women and community leaders will ensure the hands on experience necessary for navigating any future employment opportunities.
 
What you will be doing: 
The Operations & Events intern will be crucial to BTP’s everyday operations, community events, and volunteer management. An individual with strong organizational skills, enthusiastic interest in community engagement, and excellent people-person skills will thrive in this position. You will be organizing the backbone of the Project (volunteers), helping execute events, and assisting the Director with the day to day operations. Don't think for a second that you will be lost in the details!  
 
Core Responsibilities: 
>> Collaborate with the Director in maintaining daily operations. 
>> Recruit and manage volunteers for BTP initiatives and tasks.
>> Assist the Director in implementing community events.  
>> Provide administrative support to staff and interns.
>> Schedule meetings, create meeting agendas and take notes at meetings.  
 
Requirements: 
>> Enrolled in an undergraduate program or a recent graduate.  
>> Desired degree programs include: management, communications, marketing, international studies, business, women’s issues, social work, and others. 

 

How to apply:
Submit your resume and a short, one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship.
Please be sure to include the following information: birth date, year in school, and availability. 
Submit to: surekha@beadedtreasuresproject.com