Organizing and Communications Intern

Arts for LA


Job Title: Organizing and Communications Intern

Reports To: Director of Organizing

Location: Remote

Position Type: Part-time, ~30 hours/week 

Target Start Date: November 30, 2020

Internship Duration: November 30, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Brief Position Description: 

Arts for LA’s Organizing and Communications Intern is a hybrid, paid position designed to give a student a glimpse into advocacy work and the unique ways Arts for LA supports the arts and culture sector. Students should apply for this internship if they are interested in engaging with an established member-base of arts advocates, and cultivating individuals who might not be aware of the opportunity to engage. Furthermore, this position would be best suited for someone interested in developing their marketing and communication skills. 

An internship with Arts for LA allows an individual a unique overview of the arts and culture field across Los Angeles County through engaging with government arts departments, large museums, small performance organizations, individual artists, and more. 

Arts for LA is currently working remotely until further notice. This position will be fully remote for the duration of the internship. Arts for LA will provide all equipment necessary to complete the following project and duties. 

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of this internship, the intern will be familiar with the fundamental principles of cultural organizing & issue-based arts advocacy. 
  • By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to utilize the best practices for outreach & authentic collaboration with community partners. 
  • By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to effectively communicate with Arts for LA’s network of 65,000
  • By the end of this internship, the intern will gain a deeper understanding of the Los Angeles County arts + culture landscape. 

Organizing and Communications Intern Project Description: 

The Organizing and Communications Intern, in coordination with the Director of Organizing and the Development and Communications Associate, will develop a plan to build power of student groups at campuses across the region (Phase One: Weeks 1-5), conduct outreach to student campus groups (Phase Two: Weeks 6-9), develop & strengthen relationships campus groups (Phase Three: Weeks 10-13). 

The Intern will work closely with the Director of Organizing to mobilize arts advocates in support of two of Arts for LA’s key policy areas - equitable arts education and creative career pathways. Using traditional and digital organizing strategies, the intern will 1) work with community colleges to build student power and a more inclusive, diverse creative workforce, and 2) organize students, community members, and school board officers across the region to fight for arts education for all.

The Intern will also be responsible for analyzing Arts for LA’s communications strategies. By collecting data comparing our current digital communication presence to that of similar organizations in the region, the Intern will discover where the organization could increase or re-design our digital presence, and proposing the strongest strategies based on current trends and data.

Additional Duties:

Beyond the primary project, the Community Organizing Intern would be responsible for contributing to the Arts for LA social media platforms and website including: assisting the Development and Communications Associate with designing and editing posts for fundraising campaigns, editing and producing website content, and responding to community engagement on social media accounts.

Required Skills: 

  • Highly organized, able to work independently
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to write succinct, clear educational materials
  • Ability to research policy issues and distill information into accessible language - ability to interface with public and engage new community members
  • Familiarity with Canva, Adobe InDesign or any graphic design software strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with website editing programs (WordPress, Square Space, etc.) strongly preferred
  • Public speaking experience a plus
  • Understanding of current social media uses and trends
  • Experience with social media for businesses is a plus
  • Experience marketing for a specific program or campaign is a plus 

Eligibility Requirements:

This Internship is funded through the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program. Please read the following eligibility requirements:  

This position will be open to currently enrolled undergraduate (2 or 4-year) and community college students who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County. Recent graduates may apply as long as they have completed their degree between May 1 - September 1, 2020. Arts for LA encourages eligible students from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as disabled students, to apply. Eligible students may participate in the program once.


  • Students who have already earned a BA, BS, or a higher degree are not eligible for the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program.
  • Students who have previously participated in the program are not eligible to participate a second time.
  • Students who are invited to participate in the program will be asked to provide verification of eligibility via college transcripts, driver’s license, and other documents to show enrollment status and/or LA County residence.

-There are no exceptions to eligibility requirements.-

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, cover letter and one writing sample to the Director of Organizing Cordelia Istel:

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