Partner Development Intern

Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organization working to improve lives and protect places through travel and tourism. By leveraging the power of travel and tourism, which employs 1 in every 10 people on the planet, we aim to ensure that communities thrive, cultural heritage is preserved, and environments are healthy for future generations. Since 2002, we’ve dedicated our efforts to minimizing the negative impacts of tourism and maximizing its positive benefits for communities, cultures, and environments. We’ve implemented programs in more than 75 countries worldwide, with a focus on the Americas region where tourism is the leading driver of GDP.

We are seeking a fast-learning, motivated and high-performing individual to support our destination programs and partner development efforts. The goal of the STI Future Leaders Program (FLP) is to help the trailblazers of tomorrow gain valuable and unique hands-on work experience today with a leading sustainable tourism NGO.  While this is an unpaid position,  FLP placements are designed to give participants the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to real-world projects and initiatives, providing valuable experience in the sustainability sphere.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and pursued as received until the position is filled.

Position Duration: 6-9 months

Required Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Key responsibilities of the Intern include:

Support Sustainable Travel International’s work with destinations such as Patagonia, Peru, and St. Kitts by:

  • Creating clear project works plans
  • Providing background research and analysis for destination diagnostics, economic impact studies, monitoring programs, and management systems
  • Preparing stakeholder lists and outreach communications
  • Researching and tracking grant and sponsorship opportunities for program funding
  • Drafting reports, presentations, concept notes and proposals
  • Researching and writing case studies focused on diverse sustainability issues
  • Documenting, sharing and adapting sustainability, conservation, and protected area management best practices for diverse destinations and enterprises
  • Developing training materials
  • Creating relevant and engaging social media posts
  • Contributing to newsletters and other project or org communications
  • Other duties as requested by the Team


  • Background in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, travel and tourism, international development, conservation, or similar
  • A passion for tourism, sustainability, and conservation
  • Advanced Spanish language abilities
  • Excellent writing and editing skills a must, previous grant writing experience desired
  • Proven ability to conduct thorough desktop and qualitative research and analysis
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Visual presentation, design, and/or marketing skills a plus
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, multi-tasking capability, ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Independent and highly organized; ability to perform effectively in a mostly virtual office environment

Ideal candidates will be pursuing or hold a graduate degree in one of the fields mentioned above or similar. Preference will be given to candidates located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to Neota Webb at These documents should demonstrate your writing and presentation capability.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.  Short-listed candidates will be requested to provide two work samples and three references.