Business Development Intern, Grist: USA

By 18/12/2023

Job Title: Business Development Intern
Organisation: Grist
Location: USA- any state
Salary: $20-$25 per hour

Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to highlighting climate solutions and uncovering environmental injustices. Since 1999, we have used the power of journalism to engage the public about the perils of the most existential threat we face. Now that three-quarters of Americans recognize that climate change is happening, we’ve shifted our focus to show that a just and sustainable future is within reach. 

Over the past four years, Grist has scaled from a Seattle based team of 20-25 to a nationally distributed organization of ~60 with a growing budget. Grist’s strategy centers on climate, justice, and solutions, and we implement our mission through two areas of work: Our award-winning Editorial Program and our work to transform talent and representation within environmental storytelling. Grist was recently awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In addition, Grist was named best small newsroom by the Edward R Murrow Awards in 2022 and the Online Journalism Awards in 2021 (among dozens of other awards and nominations). According to a summer 2023 survey, 100% of staff would recommend Grist to a friend.

We are seeking a Business Development Intern to join the Fundraising department for six months. The Business Development Intern will be responsible for helping to grow Grist’s earned income, which includes advertising, editorial sponsorships, and event sponsorships. The Business Development Intern will collaborate with several of Grist’s advertising partners, including several companies, nonprofits, and foundations.

The salary range for this internship will be $20 – $25 per hour depending on experience. Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country.

The Business Development Intern will report to the Senior Manager of Business Development.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Prospecting and lead generation of potential advertising or sponsorship clients
  • Understanding Grist’s target audience and how best to reach them
  • Working with Senior Manager to project manage advertising campaigns including display advertising, dedicated email campaigns, sponsored content, and event sponsorships
  • Working with Senior Manager to conceptualize new sponsorship and advertising offerings
  • Reporting back to clients on their advertising or sponsorship campaigns via campaign reports
  • Coordinate and liaise with editorial staff on earned income opportunities that overlap with editorial stories or projects
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned


  • Currently pursuing or recently earned an undergraduate degree, MBA, or enrolled in a media or journalism program
  • Available sixteen to twenty-four hours per week
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google products
  • An eye for creativity that helps craft solutions for potential clients
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues across various departments

Additional information


Applicants must submit the following application materials.   Applications without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter – we are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that explains why you’re the right person for this internship at Grist.

No phone calls, please.


  • Medical, dental and vision coverage paid 100% for Employee premiums and 85% for Dependent premiums
  • Employer paid Basic Life, ADD, Travel Assistance, STD/LTD, EAPs
  • Voluntary Insurance include Health, Dependent and Transit FSA, Life/ADD, Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Traditional and Roth 401k with matching (vested immediately)
  • Monthly WiFi Stipend
  • Alternative Transportation Reimbursement
  • Fifteen paid holidays per year (which includes office closure between Dec 25 and Jan 1) plus five floating holidays and 3 summer days
  • Generous paid leave including medical and family leave, parental leave, abortion leave, sabbatical leave and many other paid and unpaid leave programs
  • Annual in-person all-staff retreat (subject to pandemic conditions)
  • 100% Remote work with drop-in offices available in Seattle, WA and Brooklyn, NY

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

For more information or to apply for this role, please visit the Grist website.