GiftAMeal is seeking a

Business Development Intern

Summer 2021. Paid Internship. 30 hours/week.
Open to Students of Any Year, Major, or School

Help us fight hunger in our community, while promoting local restaurants. GiftAMeal is a mobile application that helps provide a meal to someone in need each time a user takes a photo of their dine-in or takeout from a partner restaurant. Featured in the St. Louis Business Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox 2 News, and more, GiftAMeal has over 200 partner restaurants and has provided over 500,000 meals to those in need.


We are seeking a Business Development Intern to work directly under the CEO. The intern will have responsibilities including: managing GiftAMeal's social media, conducting research, reaching out to prospect restaurants, distributing promotional materials to restaurants, editing GiftAMeal's website, analyzing data, ideating new ways for GiftAMeal to deliver value, and more.

An intern candidate does not need to be able to do every one of these projects to qualify. These are just some examples. GiftAMeal internships are made to be a learning experience for you to expose you to many different sides of the startup world! We hope to help you acquire new skills that you can take forward in your careers.


  • Summer 2021 -- 10-12 weeks

  • 30 hours per week

  • Ideally in-person in St. Louis (at our office at 4240 Duncan Ave in Cortex), but may be remote



  • $10/hour PLUS some GiftAMeal swag :) 


Required Qualifications:

  • Incredibly self-motivated

  • Self-starter who takes initiative

  • Detail-oriented

  • Highly organized

  • Resourceful and proactive

  • Comfortable with calling restaurants to set up meetings

Email with any questions.


How does GiftAMeal work?

GiftAMeal helps provide a meal to someone in need every time a user takes a picture at a partner restaurant. Restaurants pay a monthly fee of $49-$149 per month be on the app. With each photo taken on the app, GiftAMeal donates 11-33 cents to a local food bank, a cost set by the food bank that funds the distribution of 1 meal (1.2 pounds of meat, produce, and canned goods) to a neighborhood pantry where those in need can access the food. That distribution cost includes the refrigeration, transportation, and labor costs for getting the food to those that need it.

Why do restaurants join GiftAMeal?

Restaurants join GiftAMeal to give back as well as receive promotional benefits. Restaurants that join GiftAMeal want to connect with our users to get new customers and to create a positive experience for all their current customers to increase loyalty. Check out this page we show restaurants!

What's the GiftAMeal team like?

GiftAMeal is a startup founded in St. Louis by a Washington University graduate. The GiftAMeal team currently has 4 core team members and works out of Cortex in the Central West End (but mainly remotely now due to the pandemic).

Where is GiftAMeal at now?

Over 500,000 meals have been provided to those in need, over 200 restaurants have joined, and over 40,000 people have downloaded the app.