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Business Development Specialist (Paid Fall Intern) (Washington, DC)

compensation: DOE
employment type: full-time

Our Specialist program was crafted to be the leading program for college students and recent grads to build a future career in marketing or design. We see it as the last internship you’ll ever do.
Our Specialists work 20 – 35 hours per week collaborating with our full-time employees, working for both our clients and Online Optimism itself. In return, we make sure they receive valuable, real-world experience, hourly pay, and the opportunity to team up with the best and brightest.

To be considered for this position, you may submit your application here:

About the Position:

Online Optimism is seeking a Business Development Specialist (paid intern) in the Washington D.C. area. We are a New Orleans agency working on expanding our client base in the District.

Your internship will last from October – December 2020. If your work is great, and you’re interested in staying on, there is the potential to become a Senior Specialist in the Spring. Of course, this is Business Development, and if you achieve great results from your time with us, there’s significant long-term potential.

This is an entirely remote internship opportunity, but we are looking for someone specifically based in the Washington, DC area. Our ideal candidate will be a senior or recent graduate from GW, Howard, American, Georgetown, or UDC, although we’re open to candidates with non-traditional backgrounds who care deeply about the DC area’s economic growth.

You will have the opportunity to work on projects based in the DMV, New Orleans, and nationwide.

Our Business Development Specialists get hands-on experience in the realm of advertising and selling digital marketing campaigns. Working under our Business Development Associate, you’ll have the opportunity to help grow our agency in real-time. This is not a sales job – there’s no cold calling or cold-leads at our agency. Business Development Specialists will cultivate the ability to generate client leads from inbound marketing strategies, learn to analyze the effectiveness of business development tactics, and develop a knack for forging strong client relationships. You’ll also have the opportunity to listen in on pitches with influential local and national business owners.

If Accepted, Your Day-to-Day Work Will Include:

  • Craft one-pagers that provide our team with more information about our new clients.
  • Join in on client discovery calls and proposal meetings, ask questions and take notes so we remain up-to-date with their needs.
  • Research & create new freebies that offer helpful resources to new businesses in the DMV.
  • Work with senior leadership to record conversations within our Sales CRM (HubSpot).
  • Craft proposals for potential clients that highlight all the services that we’re pitching them ensuring that they clearly understand the services provided.
  • Update our proposals based on feedback from our directors about how we’re selling their services.
  • Continually research new services that Online Optimism could potentially offer our existing clients as well as new clients.
  • Read through RFP’s to see if we would be a good fit for organizations looking for our services.
  • Keep our current freebies up-to-date with new industry trends and updated information.
  • Utilize Data Studio to help our team optimize their clients monthly reports.

The Ideal Candidate Will be Interested in:

  • Building and maintaining client relationships
  • Helping businesses grow and evolve
  • Building effective marketing campaigns
  • Lead generation and lead management
  • Growing a marketing agency in a brand new state

Why Be a Specialist?

This opportunity isn’t about getting your boss coffee – we already have cold brew on tap for that. You’ll spend your time working on real assignments and projects, being involved in actual client work, and teaming up with full-time Optimists as well as handling tasks independently. We provide hourly pay to all of our Specialists. For those still in school, we’re also happy to do everything we can to get you college credit. In addition, when your department director attends networking events and educational lunches, we’ll be sending you as well, ticket included. As one of our Specialists, you’ll leave us with a complete portfolio of work as well as a killer answer when you’re asked to talk about a time you proved yourself in your next interview.

Who is Online Optimism?

Online Optimism is a leading creative marketing agency that helps businesses with their marketing, both online and off. We are a New Orleans agency working on expanding our client base in the District. Our expertise has led to us being featured in the press on,, Fox Business, Huffington Post, and Social Media Today. We know that the greatest marketing tool in the world is positive word-of-mouth, so we work every day to make our clients happier.

A majority of our full-time team started at Online Optimism as Specialists, and many of our Specialists go on to work at some of the top digital marketing agencies around.

Ready to apply to be a Specialist at Online Optimism? Our application is here:

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