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Business Development Intern

In a nutshell:

IDEO is a human-centered design and innovation consultancy that helps organizations grow. IDEO collaborates with clients to develop bespoke innovation strategies that we make tangible and attainable through design -- from envisioning new market opportunities to developing and prototyping concepts to executing and stewarding solutions into the market.

We are looking for a BD Intern - someone who will work closely with the IDEO Shanghai business development team to manage our incoming inquiries and maintain our business data system.

Once here you will:

  • Be the first point of contact with our potential clients. Under the guidance of the Business Development Lead, you will respond to incoming inquiries and take on discovery calls to help understand the business requests that we receive. There are no sales involved.
  • Support understanding of our clients, you will be helping to do desktop research on industries / companies / executives.
  • Help to manage data that supports our business performance understanding.

What does IDEO offer you?

This role offers you the opportunity to experience working in a supportive, pioneering global innovation consultancy and be exposed to innovation requests from various industries.

Relevant experience and mindset:

  • Soft Skills
    • Organized, detail oriented, proactive 
    • Flexible, communicative and comfortable engaging in initial conversations with prospects. 
    • Confident communicator who is comfortable saying he/she doesn’t have all the answers
  • Hard Skills
    • Native-level Chinese speaker, with English fluency 
    • Microsoft office suite & G-Suite proficiency
    • Research and analysis capability
    • Comfortable working with data and drawing business insights from data
  • Experience
    • Experience that demonstrates ability to make connections with people quickly 
    • Experience in design studios, consultancies or other professional services companies is a plus 
    • Experience in business is a plus 
  • Education
    • Education or experience in hospitality / communications with a business minor or exposure is a plus

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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