Business Development Intern (paid position)

  • Internship, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 March 2020

Job Description

QED is seeking a full-time Business Development (BD) Intern to be based in our office in Arlington, VA. The Intern will work with a hard-working and fun Business Development team and will report to the Business Development Manager. The intern will support BD administration and proposal efforts as assigned and prioritized by the BD team. In addition, as QED is looking to constantly improve, the Intern will have the opportunity to support internal initiatives including streamlining processes and brainstorming on improving proposal creation. The paid internship is available immediately, and will last approximately 6 months, with the possibility for extension based on performance, how well the incumbent works with the team, and the needs of the Company


Proposal and Capture Support:

  • Assist Talent Acquisition team in sourcing candidates for proposal positions
  • Assist in drafting and post job advertisements for proposal positions
  • Lead CV formatting and tailoring CVs and bio-blurbs per the solicitation scope of work and position description
  • Create short-term technical assistance rosters: work closely with the proposal team on drafting the roster, source short-term illustrative consultants per the skill sets and technical areas identified, conduct outreach with consultants for inclusion on the roster
  • Assist in partner meeting preparation to include recording notes and coordinating closely with BD Associates to disseminate action items to the team
  • Perform research and create capture brief documents and PowerPoints to help facilitate Go/No-Go decisions
  • Conduct research as needed on upcoming opportunities in the BD pipeline

Administrative/Operational Support

  • Perform real-time entry updates to the BD Tracker during the weekly team meeting
  • Collect and store consulting agreements on the BD shared drive
  • Review BD consultant invoices for accuracy and manage the signatory workflow for necessary approvals
  • Manage payment of BD subscription invoices with Accounting
  • Primary owner of the BD Calendar, responsible for updating with BD team leave/WFH, etc.
  • Lead internal BD knowledge management activities
  • Maintain corporate capabilities database, PPR database, technical library, kudos database


  • Interest in international development or business development
  • Completed or anticipated university undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Ability to follow through on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Very strong professionalism and oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the ability to learn new software programs quickly
  • Foreign language skills (Spanish, French, Arabic, Hindi) desirable

About the Organization

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in more than 90 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.

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