Program Development Intern

Department: Sales and Creative

Status: Part time (up to 20 hours week)

Supervisor: Emma Impavido, Director of Program Management

Start Date: July 16 2018

Description of the Organization

Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. is an educational travel provider for some of this country’s most prestigious organizations. Riding the post-war wave of interest in travel to Europe, ATA launched operations in 1950 by assisting universities and cultural institutions in the creation of group travel programs for their members. Today, ATA is a leader in cultural and educational group travel and serves partners such as The New York Times, Smithsonian Institution, American Institute of Architects, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Description of the Position

ATA’s Sales and Creative Team has honed the art of putting a new spin on familiar treasures. The team develops extraordinary, theme-based programs—literature, military history, cuisine, current affairs, festivals and performing arts— that bring to life the core mission of a partner organization. Team members are passionate about travel. Whether they are sitting at their desks or out on the road, they travel to a myriad of countries every day—researching, exploring, connecting, and speaking languages from Italian and French to Mandarin.

Internships at ATA provide an opportunity for hands-on experience in the educational travel business and to learn from a staff of dedicated professionals. Interns will get a behind the scenes look at how educational programs are put together. The intern will be part of the Sales and Creative team and be exposed to the wide scope of responsibilities that Program Development team handle.

Creativity through self-driven projects is highly encouraged. Drawing on individual skill sets and interests, interns will work with an ATA staff member to outline internship goals, professional development opportunities and provide mentorship.

This internship is for a minimum of five months for up to 20 hours a week.

We are seeking a candidate with excellent organization and communication skills, and an ability to adapt to several types of working styles. It is helpful to have a solid foundation in world geography, to possess intellectual curiosity, good writing skills, the ability to do many things at once and prioritize competing deadlines with ease.

Areas of Responsibility

The duties of Program Development intern will include, but will not be limited to:

• Program Operations: making sure all contracts and proof of insurance have been received from all suppliers, review traveler flight information, prepare and review pre-departure information.
• Sales preparation: prepare materials and information for reservation systems and customer service department.
• Independent Research Projects: Initiate independent projects related to supplier audit, tour staff feedback, new destinations or other topics, as needed by the team.


• Strong organization and planning skills
• Good English skills; excellent writing ability
• Excellent communication skills
• Research experience
• Attention to detail
• Ability to multi-task
• Confident, professional manner in dealing with clients and colleagues
• Technology savvy—ease using the Microsoft Office suite and the ability to learn other platforms as necessary
• Self-motivation and the ability to work independently
• Patience, flexibility, positive attitude, and a sense of humor

Salary: $13/hour

This position is for employment within the United States. ATA does not sponsor US employment visas.

To Apply

Our company is committed to diversity, and we work hard to maintain a welcoming, non-discriminatory office culture. We welcome qualified applicants of all backgrounds to apply to our openings. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Qualified candidates should submit the following:

• Résumé
• Formal cover letter that outlines the position to which you are applying, your qualifications and experience, and where you first heard about the position.
• List of three references.

Applications missing any of these components will not be considered.

Send application materials via email (as Word or PDF attachments) to:

Emma Impavido
Director of Program Management

Please including the job title in the subject line. Application materials must be received by June 30 2018. The successful completion of a background check is required for this position.