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Business Development

Business Development

Customized Business Development internships are available in a range of industries that match your interests, including commerce, health, real estate, sports, tech and tourism. Remote interns help SMEs to develop and implement growth strategies, identifying new market opportunities and delivering streamlined business processes.

Internship Highlights:
  • Gain a hands-on understanding of the business landscape in an industry of interest to you
  • Help to develop and deliver business growth strategies in a real life SME
  • Gain international experience while interning remotely from home without having to travel
Type of host organizations:
  • Startup companies
  • Real Estate companies
  • Sports industry
  • Technology companies
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Gain academic or course credit
Everything arranged for you from $1099 (approximately 1099)
Available year-round, start when you like
Intern part-time or full-time from anywhere
Choose your duration: 100, 200 or 350 hours
Personal online orientation & coaching
Get job-ready with our Experiential Learning Curriculum
Internships align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

At least one year of study in business, commerce or related field

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Business Manager, Project Management, Accountant, Actuary, Business Development, Data Analyst, Supply Chain Management, Consultancy, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Training, Operations Management

Internship details

Customized Business Development internships are available in a range of industries that match your interests, including commerce, health, real estate, sports, tech and tourism. Remote interns help SMEs to develop and implement growth strategies, identifying new market opportunities and delivering streamlined business processes.

This is a remote internship you can undertake virtually from home. Click here to view in-country Business internships, if you would prefer to intern abroad.

Business Development remote internships allow interns to gain highly relevant experience growing a business in an industry relevant to you. Placements are possible in SMEs in a wide range of sectors, and are allocated based on your skills and interests. If there is a particular industry or sector that you’re interested in, please let us know, as this can be taken into consideration when your specific internship match is being made.

As a virtual intern, you’ll conduct market research both in Spain and internationally, identifying business opportunities, strategies and ways to improve internal processes for your placement company. Interns present findings, come up with ways to implement recommendations and help to deliver your strategies to help your company to maximize its growth.

Interns can contribute to online marketing campaigns and develop your company’s online presence. This includes creating website content such as blogs, photos or videos, managing social media accounts, developing specific campaigns or helping to deliver on digital marketing goals. You can also look for potential collaboration partners, forming a broad network of international contacts and fostering synergy within complementary businesses.

As an intern working remotely, you’ll utilize communication platforms and programs to work effectively with your overseas team. Interning remotely means you’ll develop key digital skills which are very important in today’s online market. You’ll have regular feedback sessions with your mentor to discuss work and outcomes.

This internship is conducted in English, or in Spanish by agreement with your internship supervisor. Online Spanish language lessons can be arranged in conjunction with your remote internship if you’d like to further develop your skills.

In all cases, interns should expect that the initial phase of their remote internship will focus on gaining some introductory knowledge. You may start by gaining an understanding or overview of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

Business Development interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Delivering online marketing content and campaigns

  • Researching new market and business opportunities

  • Developing and implementing growth strategies

  • Make improvements to customer service and outreach

Professional development opportunities:
  • Develop research skills and learn how to identify new business opportunities

  • Learn optimal industry standards, operational processes and internal systems

  • Gain experience presenting research findings and reports

  • Implement strategy recommendations to encourage growth and streamlined processes

  • Develop knowledge of markets, administration methods, and different cultural working approaches

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

What recent interns said about their experience

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Selene Ashewood
September 2021

My internship was a wonderful whirlwind. Over a five-week journey I helped a Spain-based company expand its influence into the U.S. by analyzing the American market in relation to the company's mission and coming up with strategic plans to conduct the expansion. Having to apply my own knowledge to abstract tasks definitely gave me a taste of what it would be like to work in my dream job. When I'm (hopefully) working as a marketing manager, I won't often be given an itinerary on what to do. The task will be given, and I will have to do it and do it well in whatever way I choose to complete it. This research into nuances of my own country's market is great practice for the analyzing and planning I will have to do around other nations' markets in the future when working for an international company. It is hard to truly get practice with a passion like mine. Some teenagers want to be doctors so they buy tools and check their grandparents' vitals, some want to be professional athletes so they go on the field every day. But for international business, I can't exactly insert myself into inter-continental financial transactions so easily. This is the first real taste I got of the goal I'm working towards, and I adored it. Now having some true, realistic experience under my belt, I feel more empowered to improve my skills and offer them to great companies.

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Victor Gomez
August 2021

With this internship, I believe that I have taken a giant step towards my desired future. Thank you very much for making this opportunity possible, the truth is that it was incredible. My role during my internship was one of hard research. I was investigating both the possibilities of entering new markets and the disadvantages and advantages that my institution had concerning its competitors. This role has helped them a lot since many of my reports have been discussed internally to enhance the characteristics of the company and improve the disadvantages they have. In the long term, I provided them with great business ideas including new partners in different markets. The company where I interned always communicated in a very professional way. They went above and beyond to help me countless times and were all very friendly. It was amazing the similarities that I had with my supervisors. We understood each other very well, they were very nice, kind and wanted to get the very best out of me right from the beginning. It was wonderful to feel appreciated in this way. After having worked a lot and completing many reports, my supervisor congratulated me on my effort and told me that I had done an incredible job. All my feedback was amazing, and I really felt that my efforts during the internship were not in vain. I gave my best every moment and I felt very happy and proud that a company with such a great reputation acknowledged me in this way.

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Mariana Barroso
April 2021

My remote internship was with a sustainable fashion brand and lifestyle blog, which is dedicated to producing and promoting clothing, bags and accessories, all made from organic, up-cycled or natural materials. I worked with people from different nationalities and backgrounds, which is always a great thing. I thought I would not be given very important tasks, however I did and I am very happy about that. As a piece of advice, I would say to ask many questions to learn as much as possible! Activities I was involved with during the remote internship included: working on the rebranding of the company (preparing the launch of the new website and collection), developing the marketing strategy together with the team, performing an STP analysis and creating versions of the ideal customer persona, working on SEO, setting up new social media channels, and creating relevant content for them. My favorite memory or outcome from the internship was having such direct contact with the companys founder and having the opportunity and freedom to be creative. I am even more certain of what I wish to do professionally.

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Carla Alonso
October 2020

This remote internship contributed to my achievement of long term goals because I would like to pursue a path or career in corporate sustainability. During the internship, I worked on projects that were related to this, and the relevant experience will help me for the future. My role during the Business internship involved eco-friendly packaging alternatives and the implementation of principles to encourage a circular economy. As this was a remote internship, it taught me a lot about effective communication online and some of the things that need to be in place in order for there to be smooth communication. During the internship, I demonstrated good communication, customer service, negotiation skills, research and corporate sustainability skills. My favorite outcome from the internship was having one of my ideas for the business being well received and they said that they loved it. I demonstrated that I do possess the knowledge to help companies achieve a sustainable change and that change can happen. From here, my goals are to keep on working within the corporate sustainability field and hopefully pursue a career in this area.

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Jasseh Ozaraga
August 2020

My virtual internship role involved business development, communication and marketing. This meant I was part of the commercial team and analysed potential client leads for the business through market research, surveys and interviews. In addition, I developed business and marketing strategies for a pilot that the business was planning. This included proposing social media communications such as stories and posts on Instagram. My support helped the organisation in the short term, as they were able to advertise their event through social media beforehand. As for the long term benefit, I was able to gather client databases for the company. The remote internship helped me to become a better communicator and this skill will help me in my future career - I believe that communication is key in any career.

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.

Duration
Program Fee
100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time) $1,099
250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time) $1,499
350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time) $1,799
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Orientation and coaching with your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of $75 USD.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.