Development Internship Opening

Job Title: Development Intern

Hours: 40 hours/week

Compensation: $6,000 stipend ($15.00 an hour or $600 per week) for the 10-week internship

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Dates of Internship: June 7, 2021 through August 13, 2021

Eligibility: Arts Internship positions 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 – December 1, 2021. The Department of Arts and Culture and Arts Council for Long Beach encourage eligible students from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, 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.

Position Description: We are seeking an intern who will help the staff implement our development initiatives. We aim to build the capacity for the entire arts and cultural community of Long Beach, individual artists as well as organizations. The Arts Council’s efforts to create new audiences, increase arts participation by low-income populations, and contribute to the economic development of the entire community through the arts require communication and fundraising plans that will not only educate our supporters, but also give them language to act as ambassadors in the community.

The Development Intern will have the opportunity to work with our Development & Office Manager as an integral part of the development team. This position will include interaction and mentoring by Executive Director and board members. All development, marketing and communications for the organization are coordinated amongst departments in order to:

  1. Plan and implement marketing and fundraising strategies, including: original website content, press releases, extensive social media, marketing collateral, email marketing communications, newsletter, etc.
  2. Ensure consistency of the Arts Council brand and identity on all development and community outreach platforms in order to reach sustaining and potential donors.
  3. Facilitate development projects and support community initiatives that include arts and cultural components.

The Development Intern will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Maintain the Arts Council’s donor database by adding and updating contacts, as needed.
  • Assist Development & Office Manager and Executive Director with State of the Arts 2020 planning: location, theme, sponsorships, planning calendar, awards nominations.
  • Assist with designing and developing the end-of-the-year campaign, including Long Beach Gives Day.
  • Work with Marketing Department to create and implement social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Maintain development/grants calendar by updating and tracking the progress of grant applications and reports.
  • Attend Fundraising Committee meetings and observe planning process
  • Provide research support for the Arts Council’s Development Department on an as-needed basis.
  • Assist in annual Grants program which are reviewed through a panel process. The intern will be responsible for the following tasks:
    • Coordinate the filing of annual grant submissions for annual review.
    • Organize grantee presentations.
    • Participate in and take notes at the annual grant panels.


  • An interest in development, fundraising, arts management, and/or grant writing
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), a plus
  • Strong reading, writing, and proofreading skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • The ability to conduct research
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Willingness to take the lead on particular aspects of the project and report progress to the Development & Office Manager.
  • Familiarity with at least one visual or performing arts genre — either as an artist or enthusiastic audience member — is preferred.

Submission: Applicants must submit a detailed cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position, two references (including name and contact information) and resume. The resume must include education, work experience, and extracurricular activities. Please email all application materials to Laura Nelson, Office & Development Manager, at No telephone calls please. April 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

All college students regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Interns will participate in the program this year at performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations throughout Los Angeles County. In addition to their full-time 10-week paid internship, interns will participate in several educational events as part of the program, which are funded by the Getty Foundation. The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.