Business Development & Partnerships Intern



Sales & Business Development
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2023

Company Description

Travelstride is an ambitious Venture-funded Seed stage company led by industry & startup veterans that is serving a large, long-term growing opportunity. Our investors include JetBlue Technology Ventures, NFX (top VC for marketplaces), New York Angels, Sand Hill Angels, and the founders of Trulia, Get There, Hipmunk, TripIt, and Google Now.

We are the top US marketplace for tours, private tailor-made vacations, & adventure trips. Our platform hosts more than 50,000 travel experiences across every continent from ~1,500 of the world’s best travel companies and local experts. With over 125,000 trusted reviews, Travelstride enables travelers of all types to explore the world with ease and confidence. And we are expanding into becoming the most useful and engaged online community for the top 10% of passionate travelers.

We are a values and mission driven company. Here's what's most important to us:

Our purpose: Bring wonder, joy, learning, and connection through better and more frequent travel.

Our mission: Foster a community connecting travelers with wonderful places, people and experiences.

Our vision: Become the most useful travel community, where people of all types find, share, and book wonderful trips.

Our mantra: Think big. Start Small. Move fast. First do it. Then do it right. Then do it better.

Our core values: Arete, Speed, Grit, Daring, Balance, Growth mindset, Responsibility, Proactive, United, Fun, Resourceful, Trustworthy

Job Description

This internship is ideal for someone who wants to develop a career in the e-commerce and/or the travel industry and understand how to manage supplier and partner relationships.

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing/creating marketing materials to connect with tour operators and other partners
  • Conducting online research to learn about new tour operators and present potential strategic partnerships to the CEO
  • Generate leads by establishing initial contact with tour operators/partners through email and various social media channels
  • Assist with managing new supplier/partner relationships through the onboarding process
  • Prioritize and respond to inbound partnership inquiries

What you will accomplish & learn:

As our Business Development and Partnerships Intern you will be working and learning directly from the CEO (and Director of Business Development) and help influence key decisions and interact directly with prospective external business partners. You will help grow our business while knowing that you are improving the travel planning experience for all of our travelers and setting agreements with other companies for mutual benefit.

This is an all-encompassing internship in which you will learn the inner workings of an early-stage e-commerce startup with respect to developing relationships with tour operators, cruise lines, and business partners while assisting with exciting marketing campaigns.

You will work in a fun office environment with passionate startup travel veterans and accomplished motivated folks new to the industry. Excellent performers will be considered for full-time employment.


We are looking for an energetic go-getter who is passionate about learning the ins and outs of business, startups, and travel. Strong candidates possess excellent written and verbal communications skills. Most importantly, a successful candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, and will display resourcefulness and tenacity.

Because this is a unique internship that covers multiple core skill sets in business development, operations and sales, candidates must be able to pick up complex new skills quickly, and multi-task effectively.

We are flexible on start and end dates as we realize that schools are on different schedules. Preference will be given to full-time candidates who are willing to commit to a 40-hour week.

For all internships, we require a 6-month commitment.

Full-time during summer, part-time during the school year (in office at least 2 days/week).

Travelstride works with you to attain course credit when your university supports internships for credit. This internship is unpaid.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Must work in Travelstride’s Austin office (though we are partially remote for time-being with Covid).

Why work with us? The benefits:

  • An open, collaborative, and conveniently located office at an awesome, dog-friendly co-working space in downtown Austin, TX

  • Regular company lunches plus quarterly team outings & parties

  • The chance to be an early contributor at a growing startup & work directly with our CEO and Director of Business Development

  • Exceptional performers will be offered full-time paid positions after internship completion