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Business Development Internship

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


  • 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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