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Business Development Internship

Business Development Internships

The Florida Aquarium Business Development internships offer a well-rounded, educational experience working with our team of professionals. In this role, you will assist sales managers with sales initiatives and private events.

Business Development Events Internship

Position Summary 

The Business Development Events Internship offers individuals the opportunity to work with our team of sales and events professionals.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Assist with the execution of private events at The Florida Aquarium, most notably weddings
  • Research local event venue and attraction competition, with a focus on food & beverage. Compile findings into our shared documents.
  • Hotel sales calls
  • Lead generation and group sales database management
  • Coordinate with the sales and marketing team for updates to website, social media platforms and collateral
  • Analyze data to support sales efforts
  • Participation in sales and catering meetings
  • Miscellaneous daily administrative tasks
  • Opportunities may exist to represent the Aquarium at outreach and industry events hosted by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Visit Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, etc. Sharing factual content in an informal setting throughout the Aquarium

Qualifications:

  • Must be college sophomore or higher with a GPA of 2.5 or above OR up to six months’ post graduate with preference to candidates with a GPA of 4.0
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • A degree focused on business management/administration, marketing, hospitality management or event management experience in hospitality or related industry

Time Commitment:

  • Primarily Wednesday-Sunday, including evening hours. Commitment is dependent on the event calendar.

Please Note: This is an unpaid internship. Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.


Business Development Leisure Sales Internship

Position Summary

The Florida Aquarium Business Development – Leisure Sales internship offers a well-rounded, educational experience working with our team of professionals. In this role, you will assist sales managers with a variety of initiatives primarily focused on tourism and group sales.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Visit hotels in Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties to provide Aquarium updates to staff (front desk, concierge, sales management, valet, etc.) and restock collateral
  • Conduct outreach via phone and/or email to past and potential group business
  • Promote The Florida Aquarium at networking events with Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Chamber and other tourism partners
  • Conduct content audits on third-party and partner websites
  • Update databases with contacts (including group leaders, tourism/hotel partners); pull reports and analyze data to support leisure sales efforts
  • Coordinate with sales and marketing teams for updates to Aquarium website, social media platforms and collateral
  • Research business opportunities for the Aquarium that support attendance, revenue and mission goals
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings
  • Coordinate Aquarium familiarization tours for tourism partners (Visit Tampa Bay, Chambers of Commerce, travel trade agencies and operators)
  • Track promotional discounts and coupon redemption
  • Process and submit requests for sales collateral to marketing
  • Assist with group entry including welcoming groups to the Aquarium as needed
  • Assist with business development projects as needed

Qualifications:

  • Must be college sophomore or higher with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or up to six months post graduate with preference to candidates with a GPA of 4.0.
  • Degree focused on tourism, hospitality, marketing or business management
  • Experience in tourism, hospitality or related industry is a plus
  • Ability to drive automotive equipment and have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Experience using MS Office Suite particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Articulate and comfortable speaking with partners, guests and sales prospects about The Florida Aquarium
  • Good listener and able to appreciate other points of view along with The Florida Aquarium’s mission

Time Commitment:

  • Two-three days per week Monday – Friday. Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday preferable.

Please Note: This is an unpaid internship. Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.  

 

 

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