Intern, Business Development at Planet

Posted on:
February 23, 2023

🔭 Our mission & vision

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide and joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, and The Netherlands.

About the Role:  

Planet’s BD team finds and nurtures new customer and partner types for Planet. The team conducts market assessments,  thinks strategically to identify future growth areas and supports sales on executing deals end-to-end, particularly on large strategic and innovative accounts. The BD team works very cross-functionally, collaborating with Sales, Product, Marketing, Legal teams to name a few, and has high exposure to Senior leadership within Planet.

The BD internship is structured to ensure the BD associate gets exposure to all the same responsibilities and skills that our BD team members flex on a daily basis in a 12 week timeframe.

The Business Development Associate will:

Lead account development for at least one account over the course of the summer, being the primary point of contact for developing this customer/partner, with coaching and support from BD team members 

Work on one strategic project, culminating in a presentation to the Commercial Leadership Team. This can be a completely new idea that you originate or one that an existing BD team member is working on that you want to support. 

 This job has elements of strategy, sales, project management and execution.

This position is a part of our twelve week summer internship program that starts on Monday, June 12th 2023 and concludes on September 1st, 2023.

Impact You’ll Own:


Identifying and evaluating potential business opportunities and strategic partnerships within the Geospatial ecosystem to build Planet market share in this vertical

Refining a strategic approach to expanding Planet’s solutions into new market segments in collaboration with cross-functional teams

Customer Engagement / Sales

Working collaboratively with sales leadership and product to develop and drive strategic engagement plans with key accounts

Supporting contract negotiation with external partners and customers

Project Management / Execution

Developing and presenting executive updates benchmarking progress against target metrics to the Sales Leadership to assist in decision making (i.e. analysis of market size, revenue and funding) and strategic planning

Working with Planet cross-functional teams to gather information on technical feasibility of new projects, establish consensus on stakeholders, and successfully negotiate and close new accounts

Collaborate with post-sales to ensure the success of new product pilots and partnerships

What You Bring:

Bachelor’s Degree is required. MBA is preferred.

Prior experience in the Geospatial Imagery Ecosystem, Analytics and Machine Learning industries is a bonus, though not required

Excellent project, time, and budget management skills, and being able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail

A mixture of high energy, flexibility and team orientation with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving, and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a high-growth, start-up culture

Outstanding executive communication (speaking and writing), interpersonal, and organizational skills

Benefits While Working at Planet:

Comprehensive Health Plan

Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices

Flexible Time Off

Recognition Programs

Commuter Benefits

Learning and Development Reimbursement

Parental Leave

Offsites and Happy Hours

Volunteering Benefits


The US hourly rate range for this position at the commencement of employment is $25 - $30.  The final salary range is determined by job related experience, skills and location.  The range displays our typical hiring range for new hire salaries in US locations only.  Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.


Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs and we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. 


Planet is an inclusive community and we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

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