How to become a business development intern: Nifemi's story

Meet Nifemi, 23, from London and find out more about life as a business development intern. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I always wanted to make an impact on this world.

  • Nifemi knew she wanted a job that made a difference but wasn't sure what she wanted to do
  • Nifemi has found a perfect fit for her skills working as an intern for a small charity that supports the Irish community in London
  • An internship is a temporary placement, which will enable Nifemi to get on-the-job experience and help her decide what she wants to do
  • It's Nifemi's job to find new ways for the London Irish Centre charity to make money so it can continue the important work it does.

Nifemi's career path

Nifemi's role as a business development intern could give her the opportunity to apply to business development manager roles in the future.

What to expect if you want to become a business development manager

  • Business development manager salary: £25,000 to £60,000 per year
  • Business development manager working hours: Average 37.5 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a business development manager?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set entry requirements, but employers may ask for: GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in Maths, English and IT as well as sales, marketing, or business management experience like Nifemi’s internship experience, or a degree in any subject. You could also work your way up from a sales or marketing role, get a head start by doing a college course in sales or business, or develop useful customer service and marketing skills by volunteering.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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