Join Sakse’s Misson

 of creating a self-sustaining platform for

development, production, archiving & distribution of Kachin media,

across genres.

We accept one time and monthly donations. Depending on which country you’re in we can investigate making donations tax deductible. We work on extremely small budgets and a minor donation goes a long long way. 

We accept books and camera/computer/editing gear from anywhere in the world. If you know of any unused equipment sitting in a backroom somewhere, please let us put it to use for those who really need it in Kachin.

We’re always looking for researchers, advisors and volunteers to help out in anyway they can. Over the course of our works we’ve had over 200 volunteers. We have a lot of projects so we can always find a use for your skills. This can be either online or in person.

We have accepted interns from around the globe. At Sakse Interns are given real projects which they can shape and grow with in terms of skills & confidence.  Interns will be carefully screened and can apply as video editor, social media manager, NGO manager, communications & more

Who has supported Sakse’s activities & projects in the past

Volunteer

Books

Intern

Internships with Sakse are a great way to kick-start your career.   Internships with Sakse give very real experiences and exposure to the visual media world of Kachin state.  Interns are given high levels of responsibility and complete real tasks they can be proud of and put on their CV’s in the future.

Interns come from a far for this opportunity, past interns came from :  South Africa, Australia, Lithuania, Nepal, Vietnam, USA, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France, UK, Spain, India & more.

Interns who complete a successful internship will be able to get letters of recommendation and continued support and may be invited back to join the Sakse team as future artists in residence, managing directors and more. Internships are generally three months in duration, five days per week plus one day of self-study/self assignment.  All interns will be required to spend some hours at the Sakse desk welcoming guests to the center and doing general tasks in addition to their special projects.  All internships are currently unpaid – when possible we are happy to help the interns meet school/university requirements such as additional credit assignments.

Applications must include a link to a portfolio, letter of intent, and CV. Letters of recommendation and school transcripts are optional. Send all applications to ryan@sakse.org or use the online form below.

Please note which kind of internship interests you most, and also give a second choice.

Marketing Intern

Duties: Help Sakse promote / market its events, workshops, books, agency and magazine.  Includes running a weekly market to sell prints from Sakse students and members.

Rewards: In this internship you will gain in-depth understanding and experience in how to market images, regular feedback from Sakse director, free tuition at any in-house Sakse workshops run during the internship, and 50% off on guest workshops during the internship.

Notes: This internship could be as useful for someone from the marketing field as a photographer who wants to learn more about how to market and sell their own images.

Photo Editor Intern

Duties: Manage the archive, and run everydaykachin 

Rewards: In this internship you will gain in-depth understanding and experience in how to run an agency, gallery and magazine. Regular feedback from DAA directors, free tuition at any in-house DAA workshops run during the internship, and 50% off on guest workshops during the internship.

Social Enterprise/Gallery/NGO Intern

Duties: Assist the director in running the organization, finding grants, making reports and holding meetings.

Rewards: In this internship you will gain in-depth understanding and experience in how to run a social enterprise/gallery/NGO, find funding and hold meetings with professionalism. Interns will also get free tuition at any in-house Sakse workshops run during the internship, and 50% off on guest workshops during the internship, and regular feedback from the Sakse directors.

Video / Multimedia Editor Intern

Duties: Edit or assist in all Sakse film and multimedia productions, interviews, podcasts and more.

Rewards: In this internship you will gain in-depth understanding and experience in how to produce and edit world-class video & multimedia content. Regular feedback from Sakse directors, free tuition at any in-house Sakse workshops run during the internship, and 50% off on guest workshops during the internship.

Notes: May be possible from a remote location.

Graphic Design / Social Media Intern

Duties:  Design various posters, logos, web-graphics, magazines, books and more exhibitions for Sakse. Updating Sakse’s social media.

Rewards: In this internship you will gain in-depth understanding and experience in how to produce a professional website, blog and social media campaign and how to produce a professional design and layout from the DAA designer and other DAA staff. Regular feedback from Sakse directors, free tuition at any in-house Sakse workshops run during the internship, and 50% off on guest workshops during the internship.

Notes: May be possible from a remote location

 

Workshop Intern

Duties:  Assist with and plan workshops, design your own workshop which you will teach with guidance.

Rewards: In this internship you will gain in-depth understanding and experience in how plan, promote and teach a photography or film workshop. Regular feedback from Sakse director, free tuition at any in-house Sakse workshops run during the internship, and 50% off on guest workshops during the internship.

Notes: Must have several completed bodies of work.

Intern FAQ
Q – About how much will it cost for food and accommodation during my internship?

A – Long-term guesthouses and apartments are very reasonable in Chiang Mai. Our interns have paid between 135  to 160 Euros a month for furnished flats. Food is also cheap – you eat at delicious local places for two Euros or less per meal.

Q – Do I need to book an apartment before I arrive?

A – Most of our interns stay at a guest house for a few days while they find an apartment. There are lots available, so pre-booking isn’t really necessary. Many of our past interns have stayed in the Nimmanheiman area or near the studio in Wulai. Others have found housing in the Santitham neighborhood.

Q – What's the difference between an intern and a volunteer?

A – Interns typically pursue a 3-6 month internship and are connected to an educational instution. Details and commitments often depend on requirements of the institution. Those who are not tied to an educational institution are still welcome to apply for internships. Volunteering can be anything from a single day to multi-year invovlement.

Q – Do I need a visa?

A – Those interning at Sakse for at least 3 months are eligible for a volunteer visa through Sakse. At the 3 month mark, interns will need to leave and re-enter Thailand to receive a new visa. At this time, Sakse is unable to cover the costs of visa applications.

Q – What can I expect to get out of a Sakse internship?

A – Interns can participate in workshops free of charge, utilize the film screening space for personal use with friends, and network with regional art, design, development work, and social enterprise sectors. Sakse partners with a large network of international and regional photography/media organizations that past interns have colloborated and worked with on their own independent projects.

Q – Will I be able to develop my own artist portfolio?

A – The majority of intern positions are oriented around organizing for and supporting other artists. For those who wish to advance their own skills and artist portfolios, ample feedback and guidance will be given by the director and possibly outside advisors.

Q – What are the local transport options?

Many past interns have opted to rent motorbikes for around 2500 baht/month (70 Euros). It is recommended to get an international license before arriving in Thailand. Local rideshare options are relatively cheap for getting around the city, usually costing around 2-10 Euros per ride, depending on distance. Chiang Mai can be navigated quite easily by bicycle as well. 

Sakse is looking to improve & expand all our services. To do this we are building a team.  

Jobs positions available soon  - applications now open for

the general manager & project specialist & communications director.  

 

                            One of the working spaces available at Studio Sakse in Chiang Mai

General Manager

Application for Manager 

Sakse is looking for a full time experienced program manager.  The Sakse manager would be incharge of overseeing a wide rage of projects that we already are running, but can be greatly improved & expanded, including

preparing exhibitions

manage Everyday Kachin

manage the free AIR program

manage the Sakse archive

manage our monthly grant programs

manage print sales

assist in organizing workshops & events

manage staff & interns to complete projects

Specific skills needed

Jinghpaw, Burmese & English language skills

Basic - intermediate accounting skills

Intermediate computer skills

Organized & motivated

 

Additional skills that are a plus

Knowledge of / contacts in the photo & media world.  ( Local & international )

Past experience working in the photo / media worlds

Personal interest in photography / Film / Art

This position is full time ( 40 hours per week ) working at Studio Sakse in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Compensation TBA THB per month  ( TBA lak MMK ) 

Communications Director

Sakse is looking for a part time experienced communications director.   It is vital to this position, to be well versed in the history & current affairs of Burma and Kachin.  

The communications director would write or edit all texts for the website, postings & publications.  They would write original content for the Sakse archive + edit or write captions for the archive's images.  

This position could be done remotely.

Specific skills needed

Native English language skills

Previously published

Solid background knowledge of Burma & Kachin

Organized & motivated

 

Additional skills that are a plus

Jinghpaw & Burmese langauges a plus

Knowledge of / contacts in the photo & media world.  ( Local & international )

Past experience working in the photo / media worlds

Personal interest in photography / Film / Art / Burma

This position is part time ( 10 hours per week ) working at Studio Sakse in Chiang Mai, Thailand or remotely 

Compensation TBA THB per month  ( TBA lak MMK ) 

Project Specialist

Sakse is looking for a full time experienced project specialist would work under the director & manager to help manifest them in the real world with quality results.  The Sakse project specialist would be incharge of overseeing a wide range of projects.  On the job training is provided, but any experience with these tasks are a plus  

preparing & mounting exhibitions

printing

projecting films

 

Specific skills needed

Thai & English language skills

great problem solving skills & proactive attitude 

basic accounting skills

basic computer skills

organized & motivated

 

Additional skills that are a plus

Jinghpaw language skills 

Knowledge of / contacts in the photo & media world.  ( Local & international )

Past experience working in the photo / media worlds

Personal interest in photography / Film / Art

This position is full time ( 40 hours per week ) working at Studio Sakse in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Compensation TBA THB per month  ( TBA lak MMK ) 

ARCHIVE / AGENCY

Joining the Sakse archive / agency brings your powerful images to the public.   It can also help you generate valuable income to sustain your path to being an extablished careers. We have sold images to major media outlets, museums, book publishers, universities, local and international NGO’s.

In addition to images sales, we function as the defacto national visual archive with contemporary & historical images.  Sakse needs new media makers to join us to become a proper archive, we are looking to greatly expand this project.

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From Sakse’s featured images

Hkun Li

Yawng Htang

Hkun Li

Hkun Lat

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