Intern Summer 2022 (May - August) | Business Development + Brand


What is our story?

Founded in 1994, TEALEAVES is the tea purveyor of choice to 5 star hotels and Michelin Chefs worldwide. We bring the finest teas, flowers, and herbs to our blending center, and meticulously cup out each ingredient, searching for the ultimate palate. As experts in Palate = Color + Aroma + Taste, we believe in a unique philosophy. Using tea as our vessel, we blend techniques, stories, people, and ideas together to create positive change for a better world. 


At TEALEAVES, we are a diverse collective of design-centric colleagues intent on making a difference - working on intractable problems ranging from biodiversity loss to inclusive design. Through the application of rigorous design and business practices our team strives to push the envelope to protect personal and planetary wellness.

Beyond “CSR” - Creating Impactful Change 

Committed to our work beyond the teacup. TEALEAVES has and continues to spearhead pro-bono projects that challenge mainstream thought and lead to global solutions. From sustainable packaging to partnerships with the United Nations, Microsoft Design and more... discover how we are blending for a better world.

Nature x Design Virtual Festival featuring our friends at Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft, The Outlaw Ocean, NSCAD, RISD, OCAD, Yale School for the Environment, Cornell, World Biodiversity Forum. 

In Good Taste Documentary on Positive Behavior Change Design with UN’s FAO, John Hopkins School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Yale, Cornell. 

Biodiversity & Biomimetic Design Project on Conservation and Climate, with Botanic Gardens Conservation International, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, UBC Botanical Gardens.

Biodiversity Design mainstreaming collaboration, in support of UN Biodiversity and UN SDGs with Microsoft Design, Watson Foundation, OCAD.

Our Current Projects 

TEALEAVES X Pantone Color Institute: The Color of Biodiversity

In collaboration with Pantone Color and the United Nation CBD, TEALEAVES is set to blend the official 'Color of Biodiversity'. With this Color, we hope to harness the press that it attracts to mainstream the issue of biodiversity loss and shed light to the integral role biodiversity preservation and regeneration holds in saving the planet.

TEALEAVES X Terger Charity Nepal 

At the foothills of Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas of Nepal, women farmers harvest wild goji berries. In a high altitude, biodiverse environment, the goji's are untouched by pollution and contain a robust palate of flavor. In support of the charity and empowering these incredible women, TEALEAVES has purchased their entire 2022/2023 Goji Berry harvest and will be blending a Wild Goji tea in honor of these women. 

Career Growth & Strategy


This is the place for highly ambitious and passionate people - for those searching for a meaningful career.  You will enter a fast-paced, diverse, and entrepreneurial environment with a steep intellectual learning curve.


Role Description


Major: Support the implementation of the dynamic growth strategy plan for TEALEAVES, to acquire new five-star clients to add to our current clientele (Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, Rosewood, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Auberge, Bellagio, Beverly HIlls Hotel, The Edition, Park Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria, Google).  


Minor: Research opportunities for TEALEAVES’ design-centric retail products to gourmet grocers, high-end retailers, and cafes throughout major cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.




  • Support business development plans to increase the reputation and influence of the brand within the luxury culinary and mixology space

  • Identify and research synergistic opportunities for brand collaborations with luxury hotels and cool consumer brands

  • Help design the Customer Journey (CX) in Salesforce and Outreach

  • Analytics and insights in Tableau 

  • Support Customer Service and engage with website inquiries through chat and email

  • Research and implement strategic Business Development plans, guided by our social cause and sustainability initiatives

  • Collaborate with Brand, B2C and Digital E-Commerce colleagues to measure, track and analyze the outcomes of Business Development to facilitate data-centric, agile iterations

Soft Skills and Attributes


  • Appreciates the world of culinary and sustainable luxury brands

  • Analytical, curious

  • Engaging, courteous 

  • Creative conceptual thinker

  • Likes to work with interdisciplinary teams

  • Proactive and able to move projects forward, self-motivated in a fast-paced environment

  • Inclusive, appreciates diverse perspectives

  • Emotionally intelligent with high level of self-awareness, empathy and introspection

  • Kind

  • Cares about social impact


Currently in Final Year of Undergraduate studies


Competitive salary 

Start Date

Positions are  available:  

Spring 2022 (Jan - April) 

Summer 2022 (May - August)


Fall 2022 (Sept - Dec)




Vancouver (Westside), BC 

*note that the position might be virtual (work from home) pending Covid-19


Equity and Employment

TEALEAVES is committed to equity and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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