Development & Communications Intern

Ryman Arts

Los Angeles, CA

General Description

Ryman Arts, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization, is seeking a Development & Communications Intern to support our dynamic team. The intern will work under the supervision of the Development & Communications manager to provide support for Ryman Arts’ online media, year-end fundraising, and administrative functions. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, flexible, willing to learn, and can flourish in a small office environment.

The intern will be included in all general activities of the organization including weekly staff meetings. The intern will have his/her own workspace with a desktop or laptop computer and telephone, and may travel with staff to offsite meetings. Development & Communications Manager will provide daily supervision, review progress on milestones and provide general guidance in weekly one-on-one meetings.

Principal Responsibilities and Examples of Duties

The Development & Communications Intern, working under the direction of the Development & Communications Manager, will perform the following duties including, but not limited to:

  • Generate content and execute Ryman Arts social media strategy
  • Write, edit, and publish content on Ryman Arts online media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and the Ryman Arts website
  • Develop strategies to engage more followers on social media platforms
  • Track and report on website and social media analytics
  • Assist with development of marketing materials
  • Organize Ryman Arts image database
  • Research foundations, corporate giving programs, and potential supporters
  • Provide support for special events
  • Assist with year-end fundraising strategy 

Training for the intern will include guidance by the Executive Director, Operations Manager, Development & Communications Manager, and Education Manager in:

  • Understanding of the organization’s purpose and relationship with each of its constituents and the communication strategy for each group
  • Understanding communications and branding strategy for online content and its application in a non-profits arts organization, including writing and editing for the web
  • Gain skills in identifying and writing content for online media
  • Using Drupal software to develop and upload web content
  • Using Social Media tools to post content
  • Working effectively in the organization, including basic office administrative skills, group collaboration, project planning, communications, strategic thinking, and research

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Require some college, with major coursework in English, Communications, the Arts or a related field
  • Experience in communications and social media preferable
  • Experience with fundraising preferable
  • Proficient in writing and editing ability in print and online communication
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, including: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr
  • Excellent computer skills, with fluency in Word and Excel
  • Dependable, responsive, and flexible with the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to work on occasional weekends or evenings for special events
  • Able to transport self to off-site locations
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Illustrator 5.1, or equivalent a plus

This is a paid, part-time position, approximately 10-15 hours per week from October-December with occasional evenings and weekends required.


Please submit cover letter, resume and writing sample by mail or email:

Mail to:
Ryman Arts
Development & Communications Intern
1993 S. Broadway, 11th Floor, Suite 1138
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Shannon Huang at with the Subject line: “Development & Communications Intern”

Apply by: September 9, 2016 | only complete applications will be considered

About Ryman Arts

Ryman Arts offers free professional studio art instruction and college and career guidance to artistic high school youth. Ryman Arts has engaged 6,000+ Southern California teens from 150 zip codes in its core program, provided outreach to 20,000+ inner city students, and spearheaded The Big Draw LA, a regional public drawing festival. Almost all Ryman Arts graduates go on to college, many alumni work in the creative industries, and all are poised for success. Students attend classes at California State University, Fullerton or Otis College of Art & Design.


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