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Introducing our 2022 Summer Interns

We have been blessed this summer to have an incredible group of interns through the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program. Hailing from varied backgrounds, they have continued a tradition we relish every summer - benefiting from the energy and optimism of young people in our midst as we enter into another cycle of programming. We are sure you will enjoy knowing them and be inspired as much as we have been.


Ángel Ponce (she/they)

Program Intern

"LA Commons is a unique space that encourages community engagement / building through many creative mediums. I chose to work in this because in my youth I did not have exposure to different creative practices and I wanted to share what I have learned with the greater Los Angeles community.”

Ángel serves as our Program Intern assisting with many public projects in diverse neighborhoods. They are interested in how art serves as a tool for social change: community building and inter-generational healing. Angel is passionate about art making outside of the confines of institutional spaces and increasing accessibility of the many mediums they have learned. She recently graduated with a Bachelors in Art and Sociology and a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Angel will be attending Loyola Marymount University to obtain her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy.

Check out Ángel’s art here.


Eduardo Mellado Jacinto

Operations and Special Projects Intern

“I chose to work at LA Commons because I strongly believe that art can be used to increase cohesiveness and awareness in communities and empower future generations of leaders.”

Eduardo Mellado Jacinto is a rising Sophomore at Claremont McKenna College, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is very passionate about giving back to his community as demonstrated by his five years volunteering at LA’s Best, his previous internship at OurTurn, his service on a student committee hosted by LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia, and his Associate Consultant position at SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting. He is stoked to be the Operations and Special Projects Intern at LA Commons.



Marketing and Development Intern

“LA Commons is everything I have been searching for in this world. I feel so lucky and blessed to work with an organization that is changing the world by aggrandizing Angeleno voices, stories, cultures, art, people, and more. LA Commons is a utopia in Los Angeles that recognizes our differences and celebrates them to build one stronger unified community connecting us by art and civic engagement. I stand with LA Commons making Los Angeles an inclusive space for everyone in a world that is trying to divide us. We can learn a lot from organizations like LA Commons because they are leading us on the road to finally achieving world peace.”

We look forward to working with these passionate young activists and future change-makers of Los Angeles!

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