• Wooden Ships Operational Excellence Internship in Bali

  • Founded in 1992, Wooden Ships specializes in the design and manufacture of knit accessories and sweaters. The brand is sold to over 700 small and medium sized better specialty stores in addition to top retailers including Urban Outfitters, Barney's, Free People, Anthropologie, Lord & Taylor and others. We have a corporate showroom in New York City and two facilities in Bali, Indonesia. We employ close to 300 team members.

  • Our goal is sustainability and long-term mutual prosperity. We seek to deliver exceptional value to our customers, employees and stakeholders by relentlessly removing waste from our business and fostering a culture of learning and continuous improvement.

  • The goal of this internship is two fold. First we will seek to instill in you a deep understanding and commitment to the concepts of continuous improvement and respect for people at an experiential level. We will provide an opportunity for you to practice different ways of maximizing the value delivered to customers, both internal and external with real operational responsibility and decision making authority. Second we expect that you will deliver exceptional, measurable value to our customers, both internal and external in a way that is sustainable upon your departure.

  • The ideal candidate will have an open mind and eagerness to experiment, learn and teach everyday. An understanding of the principles of the Toyota Production System is beneficial but not essential. Exposure to at least one foreign language is also preferable. You will be matched up with an English speaking Indonesian partner to assist with communication and training throughout the internship as Indonesian is the primary language on the factory floor. Mark Donovan will be your primary sponsor and will guide and support you throughout the internship.

  • The internship may be conducted at anytime during the year. The recommended duration is between 3-6 months however a minimum commitment of 2 months is required. For additional information or to apply for the internship please send mark@wooden-ships.com your CV along with a little bit about your career aspirations and what you are looking to get out of this opportunity.

  • To learn more about Wooden Ships please visit wooden-ships.com. To learn more about Mark Donovan visit http://markpatrickdonovan.wikispaces.com/.


  • Testimonials



  • Sumanth Manjunath Hejjaji - 2015 summer intern - (MBOE class of '16 at Fisher Business College)


  • I definitely had a fruitful summer here at Wooden Ships. As an operations major, I cannot imagine a better opportunity to see the principles in action and understand the real challenges associated with implementing operations strategies. In the current world where ‘execution bias’ is gaining more prominence than ever, understanding how things trickle down to the factory floor is extremely important and this internship provided me with numerous opportunities to do so. I thank you very much for giving me this opportunity.


  • Anda Basho - 2014 summer intern - (MBOE class of '15 at Fisher Business College)

  • Coming from an academic background in finance and accounting and a professional background in financial services, I have only encountered broad lean concepts in a classroom setting. My time at Wooden Ships has provided me with a truly unique opportunity not only to expand my knowledge on lean, but to also start putting it into practice. Mark has worked hard to create an internship that will not only benefit Wooden Ships, but also the development of the intern. He has proven to be a fantastic resource on lean and always willing to provide guidance when asked. More importantly, he has been extremely encouraging of my ideas. The whole Wooden Ships team has been just as welcoming. I am grateful of the time that they have dedicated to me and their willingness to discuss suggestions and run experiments. I would recommend the Wooden Ships experience to anyone who is seeking a truly hands on opportunity. Your time here will challenge your creativity, problem solving ability, and people skills. Above all, it will be an unforgettable life experience.

  • Rohit rao Takkallapalli - 2013 summer intern - (MBOE class of '14 at Fisher Business College and recipient of the 2013 William Berry scholarship)

  • "The internship experience at Wooden Ships has truly been that of a "Lean turnaround" for me. It served as the perfect platform for me to try out all the theoretical aspects of Lean that I learnt during my first year of MBA. Mark, with his intensive knowledge in the field, not only guided me at various stages but was also very supportive of my ideas throughout the experience and the total autonomy given by him constantly pushed me towards learning and implementing various aspects of Lean and allowed me to observe the effects first hand. The team at Wooden Ships were very supportive of any trials that were planned and were willing to be a part of the lean learning curve. The interactions with renowned people practicing the lean culture in the industry was intellectually stimulating. The entire experience has encouraged me to build a career in this field and I consider myself highly privileged to have got such an opportunity."

  • Buffy Luckman -2012 summer intern - (MBOE class of '13 at Fisher Business College. Now pursuing a PHD in organizational behavior at Washington University)

  • My internship with Wooden Ships was a life-changing experience. As an MBA student interested in seeing the principles of lean in action, I was drawn to the opportunity to work in an environment with a VP focused on implementing lean techniques. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone interested in learning about lean in a production setting. If you’re interested in an internship opportunity that will challenge you intellectually, inspire you emotionally, and enrich your life geographically, then the experience with Wooden Ships would be a great place for you.

  • I chose the internship with Wooden Ships because I wanted to learn about Lean in a production environment. The experience turned out to be much richer than I ever could have imagined. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and curious. Mark will not only challenge you, but he will learn along with you. You will be hard pressed to find another environment or another supervisor more focused on personal development for everyone involved.

  • If you prefer getting your hands dirty, instead of sitting in a cubicle. If you prefer true organic learning, as opposed to pre-structured projects and presentations. If you prefer the challenge of working in a new culture with a new language, as opposed to staying in your comfort zone. I can guarantee that an internship with Wooden Ships will offer you the best internship experience you can find.