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Lewis & Clark AgriFood
Lewis & Clark AgriFood

MBA Intern, Business Development



Sales & Business Development
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2024
Brightseed®, the bioactives company is a World Economic Global Innovator that illuminates nature to restore human health. Brightseed’s proprietary AI, Forager®, accelerates bioactive discovery, biological validation, and ingredient formulation from years to months, rapidly revealing new connections between nature and humanity. Brightseed produces clinically proven bioactives for dietary supplements, food & beverage CPG, specialty nutrition and medical foods to power proactive health worldwide. Learn more at brightseedbio.com.
Bioactives are compounds found in plants, fungi, and bacteria that also benefit human health. They are an important part of a nutrient dense diet, and their health impact often goes beyond basic nutrition. For example, the bioactive lycopene found in tomatoes has been found to lower the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease. In addition, there are multitudes of other bioactives that are only accessible through complex interactions within the gut microbiome. One example is the compound salicin found in willow bark, which transforms into salicylic acid when it interacts with gut microbes. Science has long known that bioactives are critical to human health, yet the vast majority remain unknown and are often referred to as the “dark matter” of nutrition.
The dates and work schedules are flexible and negotiable to accommodate a student's needs. Applicants should, however, be able to work full time during the summer months, with a commitment of 40 hours a week.
Brightseed is offering a 10 - 12 week internship program to current MBA students seeking to gain experience in the biotech startup culture. We are looking for self-motivated individuals with a strong passion for how nature can improve our overall health and wellness. We have designed our program to introduce interns to different aspects of our culture and provide real world experiences working and assisting in all facets of operations. You will be given the opportunity to present to a broader team upon completion of the program. This experience will broaden your perspective on how various teams impact growth and innovation in a fast growing start-up. We are a cross functional collaborative team, looking for bright curious minds to join us on our journey!
We will work with you to select a project or projects given our mutual interest, business needs and background. Our goal is for you to walk away with a valuable and impactful experience, while delivering on a project of strategic commercial importance to Brightseed.


  • Design and develop new marketing and sales collateral to highlight our partnership offerings
  • Partner with Head of Business Development on outbound prospecting strategy to increase the quality and quantity of top-of-funnel sales leads
  • Partner with Commercial leads to create go-to-market and sales strategy for new product launches
  • Research and define our value proposition in new industries
  • Create new reporting dashboards to support decision-making and drive clarity across the business on key commercial and operating metrics


  • Educational or industry experience in pharma, consumer health, CPG, personal care, or food & Ag preferred
  • Experience working closely with technical groups, with ability to translate complex data and results into relevant commercial insights
  • Strong interpersonal, influence, communication and presentation skills to represent Brightseed’s value proposition and mission


  • This role will be paid $40.00 - $50.00 per hour consistent with educational level, market data and location.
  • We are not offering relocation or housing and the role requires you to be onsite in either South San Francisco, California or Durham, North Carolina.
As a lab based company, where in person collaboration is key to drive innovation, we encourage all team members to be in our office most days each week. However we appreciate and honor the need and desire for flexibility and have implemented a hybrid working model for some positions which will be outlined on the job description. Our property provides a professional gym onsite, plenty of free parking, weekly tenant events and a state-of-the-art lab and office.
We offer a competitive total rewards package with team-first benefits programs for full-time employees, including medical, dental and vision coverage, unlimited paid time off, life insurance, employee assistance programs, 401(k) plan, a mental health platform, employee discounts, payroll credits for cell phone and commuter costs and a paid parental leave program.
We are committed to making transformative discoveries with a team-first mentality. Successful team members are truth-seeking and trusting, with the tenacity required to trail-blaze in uncharted territory. We are a collaborative team that actively seeks input and values differing perspectives. And we produce tangible results, holding ourselves accountable in the process.
We are also committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of connectedness and inclusion. We grow and learn together, respecting professional and personal experiences, areas of expertise, and types of self expression.
In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that each one of us brings in terms of education, opinions, culture, color, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, different abilities, sexual orientation and beliefs.
Brightseed requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. If hired we will require you to provide proof of vaccination.