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Business Operations Intern - Packed with Purpose

Chicago, United States

Company Background

Packed with Purpose is a specialty gifting company with a social mission. We curate high-quality business and personal gifts that create a social impact. Our founder brings 15+ years of experience including advising Fortune 500 companies as a marketing strategy and social impact consultant, receiving an MBA from Wharton, and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. Packed with Purpose seeks a dynamic, problem-solving intern who is interested in joining a young company that is disrupting the gifting industry.

An intern will be drawn to this position for a number of reasons:

  • Entrepreneurial environment where daily decisions will directly contribute to business growth
  • Collaborative, dynamic culture with exposure to diverse business functions from marketing to strategy to operations
  • Opportunities for strategic research and analysis to increase operational efficiencies from customer order to gift shipment
  • Exposure to a variety of resources and tools, both technology and research-based, from accounting to CRM softwares
  • Incredible sense of fulfillment to work at a for-profit business that is driving a social impact through social enterprise growth (and the products they produce)

Position Description

Packed with Purpose seeks a dynamic intern who wants to contribute to a start-up’s successful brand growth in an entrepreneurial environment. This position is based in Chicago and can vary from 20-40 hours of work per week. Primary responsibilities will vary but may include:

  • Research: Gather data, perform competitive and market research to generate insights that drive new/ improved business growth and processes
  • Analysis: Analyze existing and/ or new data to improve internal and external operational efficiencies and business processes; analysis projects may span areas from accounting to finance to general business operations
  • Database Management: Build out and improve internal databases, including but not limited to: product inventory and pricing database, e-commerce systems, back-end order and fulfillment operations
  • Communications: Actively contribute to and execute communications (written and verbal outreach) to potential product suppliers (social enterprises), fulfillment center (operations partner) and/ or sales team to create improved operational processes
  • Project Management: Develop and own timeline on key milestones and deliverables; follow work prioritization guidelines; maintain well organized customer and vendor database, documentation of project advancements and other internal systems


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Passion to develop a consumer product that leverages the best of business principles to drive social impact
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, small business environment and roll up your sleeves to work across business needs
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and deft problem solving abilities to get the job done and work creatively to do so
  • Excellent presence and strong ability to articulate ideas through written and verbal communication
  • Excellent organizational skills, including any experience managing contact/vendor databases, billing or operational systems
  • Ability to work with limited information; comfort with ambiguity in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Interest in building the efficiency and growth of an innovative brand


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