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Are you looking for a beautiful adventure in Cambodia? Expressing your passion, being creative, contributing to a better world and support rural artisanal women with a brighter future? Then we are looking for you!



This position is on site in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Min. 3 months, starting from January/Feb '23 on

MANAVA is looking for a Creative Assistant Intern to join our team in Cambodia! You will assist with all our day to day activities including assisting design of our hand-woven rattan bags and baskets, shoot photo's and packing orders to name a few. He/She will gain an invaluable experience with the logistics of running a small artisan brand in a developing country, while learning about the fields of sustainable design, production, marketing and international development. Having the possibility to work together with rural female artisans and help support them with a sustainable future.

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Co-founders baraing (left), and founder MANAVA Ka-Lai (3rd from right) with artisans in th


  • Contribute in the design and development, researching materials and production (weaving) techniques, identifying key trends, creating innovative ideas

  • Designing promotional (print) media 

  • Take part in all our social media management from photoshoot of our products, making newsletters, creating new content ideas

  • Pack and assemble orders with care

  • Sourcing and design packaging that suits our brand identity

  • Assist designing interior store


  • Knowledge and passion for contemporary (fashion) design, trends, craftsmanship and branding

  • Preferable Product/Fashion/Graphic Design Student with 2-3 years of design study

  • Preferable experience in computer programs; Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Word, Excel, Solid Works

  • Excellent command of the English language

  • Interest in Cambodia, women’s empowerment and artisans

  • Strong organizational skills, project management and attention to detail

  • Working independent and willingness to pitch in when needed

  • Ability to adapt to new cultures and simple living conditions

  • Patient and open-minded approach

  • Professional, honest and reliable independence, as you will get the guidance you want and need but will be given space to do your work independently

  • Available for 3 months


  • Make an impact – You will experience the satisfaction of contributing to an organization that positively affects the lives of local artisanal women

  • Unique experience – You will have the possibility to work with rural artisans on the field near Krobey Riel village in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Expand your professional skills – Get invaluable experience with the logistics of running a small international company in a developing country. Learning about the fields of sustainable design, production, marketing, international development

  • Learn something new – A unique look into the inner workings of a start-up in a developing country that is slowly moving towards a new phase

  • Go beyond your comfort zone – You will more than likely get exposure to different ways of doing things, including project management, conflict resolution, problem solving and cultural diversity

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We are a social enterprise (conscious lifestyle brand) in Cambodia focused on quality, sustainable materials and female empowerment. Working closely with rural artisanal women we create home accessories and fashion items made by locally sourced rattan palm. Our pieces are crafted to meet high standards in make and design, all while staying true to the cultural traditions, history and techniques of the region. It is our mission to share Cambodia’s artisanal weaving traditions with the world, while empowering and supporting rural artisan Cambodian women with a sustainable income and brighter future. Ka-Lai Chan (*1985, NL) is the founder of MANAVA and has 10+ years’ experience as a product designer. She worked for renowned International design brands, hotels and museums.

You will be working in a small team. We will compensate your Cambodian Visa and a work permit. Additionally, we offer pick-up service from the airport, a bicycle you can use during the internship period, visa advice, reference letter and an amazing, adventurous time!



If you are motivated and you have passion and dedication for crafts, helping people and product design, we would love to hear from you! Send your motivation letter, CV and portfolio to


If you do not see an opportunity that matches your skills and interests, please feel free to submit an application telling us about yourself and indicating your availability.

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