Marketing and Development Intern

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Part-time, $15/hr, 20-30 hours/week 

Job Duration: June 2022 - September 2022


LA Commons engages communities in the creation of art for public spaces that tells their unique stories and serves as the basis for dialogue, interaction and a better understanding of Los Angeles. Through collaboration with local partners who have built deep wells of trust, we leverage art and cultural approaches to create positive change. 


Since 2002, we have worked with over 1,000 artists, trained and mentored over 3,000 youth artists, and engaged over 35,000 community members in collaboration with scores of partners in neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. Headquartered in Leimert Park, we are committed to investing in resilient networks of youth, artists and community partners in Central and South Los Angeles. 




The Marketing and Development intern will play an important role in disseminating information about our programs, ensuring timely, locally generated content for all of our online platforms based on work with community members in target neighborhoods as well as contributing to the development of campaign materials, proposals and the engagement of donors. This position will work approximately 25 hours a week from June through September.


Specific Responsibilities 


The Marketing and Development intern will execute marketing strategies for the annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks and our annual Found LA neighborhood walking tour initiative as well as support the fundraising and development initiatives of our Creating our Next LA Fundraising Campaign.


Day of the Ancestors, which includes mask workshops, a grand procession and performances, is a visually stimulating event held every summer in Leimert Park. Each year, it attracts a broad audience from around LA to interact with others from different cultures and experience gorgeous colors, multilayered textures and a scale that provokes awe and wonder. Despite the festival being virtual this year, it was a great success as locals as well as international art fans came together in a celebration of the African Diaspora. The festival’s format in 2022 depends on Covid-19 guidelines but regardless, intern duties will include tech support, managing the tickets and database, and generating social media. 


Found LA is an annual series of neighborhood walking tours encouraging Los Angeles residents to discover and experience the authentic food, music, festivals and rich cultural history of LA Commons’ partner neighborhoods. Since 2012, we have utilized a strategy of recruiting docents from our network of neighborhood partners creating a network of local neighborhood ambassadors who can offer participants an authentic and deeper connection to the city and the people who live there.


For our 20th Anniversary Campaign, we are implementing an initiative called Creating Our Next LA, a multi-platform campaign through which we are partnering with past, present and future artists, participants, partners, funders and allies of LA Commons to use storytelling as a way to create a vision for the post COVID-19 city, a city that is more hospitable to artists and creatives, just, equitable, sustainable and humane. 


A critical part of our success lies in our social network and web platforms, and interns play an essential role in the successful implementation of the outreach program. In the past, a website has served as a place to celebrate LA Neighborhoods and the people that live in them. With the participation of the Marketing and Development Intern, we will build out an expanded digital platform to allow us to reach new audiences, share LA’s unique stories with the world, and leverage technology to connect people in a meaningful way. The intern’s role will also include the development of campaign materials, proposals and donor engagement.


In addition to their primary marketing activities, the intern will provide general office and programmatic support, as needed.


At the end of the sixteen-week internship, the intern will:


  • Gain an understanding of creative place keeping and learn strategies for marketing the cultural assets of Los Angeles neighborhoods with an equity-based lens

  • Learn how to use online marketing tools - including social marketing websites and blogs - for driving traffic to the lacommons.org website

  • Learn the role of fundraising in a nonprofit arts organization and the various approaches for developing needed resources from writing grants to cultivating individual donors.

  • Learn how to plan and implement projects, including setting goals, timelines, and overcoming obstacles

  • Develop skills for working with cultural organizations and community members of diverse backgrounds

  • Gain an understanding and first-hand knowledge of the assets and challenges of Los Angeles’ culturally rich neighborhoods


Skills and qualifications


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • A proficiency and/or experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite and other design and organizational applications

  • A strong sense of professionalism and willingness to work with others

  • The ability to take initiative

  • Strong organizational skills

  • An interest in community arts and culture as a strategy for community development

  • An interest in marketing and communications and familiarity with the various social media platforms

  • Graphic design ability is a plus, but not required.


LA Commons is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Partners, an Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran. 



4343 Leimert Park Blvd. Los Angeles 90008

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