Advancement Intern for Arts for LA

Arts for LA

Los Angeles, CA

Eligibility: There are no exceptions to our eligibility requirements. Student eligibility for internship positions is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (2- or 4-year) college students who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2016 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1 - September 1, 2016 in order to be eligible to participate.  Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree are not eligible. Students who have previously participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time.

Encompassing the areas of development, communications, and branding, the Advancement Internship will take place during the critical summer months of planning for Arts for LA’s October 2016 10-year anniversary, which will be focused on celebrating local arts advocacy. Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the intern will focus on the following areas: 

  • Sponsorship – assisting staff with identifying potential event sponsors, preparing sponsorship packages, soliciting in-kind donations, and following up with prospects.
  • Communications – assisting with event messaging, publicity, and social media.
  • Logistics – identifying venues, working with vendors and suppliers.
  • Marketing – assisting with invitations, ticketing, and customer service.
  • Board Committee Management – supporting the work of the Arts for LA Advancement Committee.
  • Volunteer Management – assisting in developing the volunteer roles for the 10th anniversary event.

In addition to the 10-year anniversary, the Advancement Intern will assist the Deputy Director with other advancement projects, including Grants and Membership (for both individuals and organizations).  By the end of the ten weeks, the intern will have gained first-hand working knowledge of a small nonprofit’s advancement operations. 

The Advancement Intern will be treated as a staff member throughout the summer. The intern will work from the Arts for LA offices from 9:00am – 6:00pm with a one-hour lunch and two fifteen-minute breaks.  He/she will be provided with a copy of the Employee Handbook and is expected to adhere to its standards of behavior, punctuality, and confidentiality.  He/she is expected to contact the Supervisor as early as possible regarding illness or other emergency circumstances that prevent him/her from arriving at work on time.

We will tailor the internship to his/her interests, providing opportunities for deeper learning in areas of fundraising, communication, nonprofit management, advocacy campaigns, and community organizing. Because of the size of Arts for LA, the intern’s advancement work may overlap with programmatic projects and may work with other employees.

Additional Job Duties:

-       Participating in weekly staff meetings and bi-monthly board meetings.

-       Learning the NationBuilder platform in order to coordinate the website’s Jobs & Opportunities area.

-       Researching potential funders and foundations.  

-       Contributing to one Letter of Intent to a foundation.

-       Contributing to membership campaigns and mailings.

-       Perform other duties as requested by staff. 

At the end of the ten-week internship, the intern will achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the role of advancement in a nonprofit context, including marketing, development, communications, and board relations;
  • Knowledge of how to pursue and secure corporate sponsorship;
  • An ability to produce an event, including logistics, marketing, and ticket sales;
  • Understanding of grantsmanship (researching, letters of inquiry, creating a competitive application);
  • Skills of coordinating a membership program for individuals and organizations;
  • General knowledge of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles County, including government and school district structure, nonprofit arts organizations, and field leadership;
  • Solid office skills, including the ability to work quickly and independently, as well as working with a team.

Ideal candidates will identify with our mission and have a deep interest in the arts, civic engagement, and advocacy. Excellent writing, communication, and research skills are required; social media experience is a plus. We prefer applicants who are comfortable with web tools, new media, and computer programs such as Word and Excel. Bilingual and bi-literate applicants are encouraged. Applicants with graphic design or video production experience are also encouraged.

Spend some time at prior to applying to get a sense of the mission and programs of Arts for LA. Please email your professional resume, cover letter, and nonfiction writing sample (i.e. a brief article, blog, or essay) as attachments to by Friday, April 15. Please note that form letters and acting/music resumes will not be considered. In your letter, please tell us why you want to work for Arts for LA, why you think you would be a good fit for this specific internship, and what you need to learn this summer to help you achieve your goals.

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