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Summer Internships

Summer Internships - Two Positions

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN – (10 Weeks – Summer 2017)

Job Description

The Communications Intern will work for a 10-week period with the Executive Director, Communications Associate, and Development Associate to develop, enhance, and present a 2017-2018 communications plan for the organization by researching model communications plans and working to tailor them to our organization’s needs. The creation of this plan will inform how the intern will build a suite of key communications materials for use in our organization’s 2017-2018 publicity and outreach efforts.

The ETM-LA Communications Intern will assist with the following:

1) Develop a Program Information Brochure: this will serve as the public’s first look into ETM-LA, providing the organization’s background and history, information about current programs and efforts, answers to frequently asked questions, and pictures representing our programs.

2) Update ETM-LA’s Associates Brochure, which contains information about ETM-LA’s Associates Board (junior board), their work to support our organization, and ways to get involved. This brochure will have a different target demographic from the Program Information Brochure and so the intern will work to tailor it to engage the 20-30 year old age group. In addition, the Communications Intern will seek input and feedback from the Associates Board regarding layout and content of the brochure.

3) Update key media pieces and organizational information to ensure all data is current, and will place ETM-LA’s new logo on press kit documents.

4) Help collect and present Spotlight Stories on Community Members. The Communications Intern will interview constituents involved in ETM-LA programs (i.e. music teachers, students, principals, parents) and help to write, organize and share short “spotlight” stories about the impact ETM-LA has on the individual and their school/community. The Communications Intern will also take photos to accompany the stories, which will be presented in key ETM-LA materials online (including social media and website).

5) Collaborate with ETM-LA staff in editing our Annual Newsletter, including writing/developing articles, selecting pictures, and designing the newsletter theme and layout – to capture the organization’s accomplishments and serve as a key marketing and fundraising tool. The Communications Intern will help determine the most efficient and effective methods of distribution for the newsletter.

The Communications Intern should display an earnest interest in the promotion of music and arts education and must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and dependable. The intern will research best practices in communications/PR to assist in updating the communications plan and to effectively represent ETM-LA and its programs for both print on digital media.

Other day-to-day activities for ETM-LA’s Communications Intern will include:

  • Learning to navigate various online systems.
  • Interfacing with and updating ETM-LA’s social media outlets.
  • Researching best practices in integrating communications software and online platforms.
  • Conducting interviews.
  • Using software programs including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

As a result of this experience, the Communications Intern will be able to:

  • Independently complete a project from beginning to end with minimal supervision.
  • Collaborate with organizational staff and offer insight and suggestions in the overarching communications plan.
  • Develop a cohesive suite of communications/publicity materials, which may be adapted and applied in future work.
  • Conduct research and identify, separate, and use relevant and significant findings; determine best practices for presenting information in printed materials and apply these to the creation of an organization’s brochures.
  • Build a deeper understanding of music education in our community and its positive impact.
  • Identify different constituent groups of an arts education non-profit organization and develop and customize the most engaging communication styles for each group.
  • Further understand the impact that quality music education has on at-risk youth and their communities.

If you are interested in applying, please email a one-page resume, cover letter (between 1,000-2,000 characters, including spaces) with the Subject Header:  “ETM-LA Communications Intern Application” to apply@etmla.org. Please address the letter to Victoria Lanier, Executive Director of Education Through Music-Los Angeles. If you have any questions, email info@etmla.org.  Eligibility Requirements – See Below.


PROGRAM & OPERATIONS INTERN – (10 Weeks – Summer 2017)

Job Description

The Program & Operations Intern will work with the Education Through Music-Los Angeles staff to facilitate the processing and management of program evaluation data. The intern will manage a music instrument inventory database, organize professional development materials, and collect data from student assessments. The intern will also assist with operations, including finance, technology, and general administration.

The ETM-LA Program & Operations Intern will assist with the following:

1) Facilitate the collection and data entry of student year-end evaluations. Evaluation materials will include: student performance rubrics, year-end assessments, and sample work. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn about different assessment methods.

2) Develop and implement updates to existing instrument inventory system. The Program & Operations Intern will collect music instrument information from ETM-LA partner schools and record updated information in inventory database software. Intern will report on needed upgrades, repairs, and potential replacements. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn about standard school instruments, minor repair skills, and the process for the ongoing maintenance of music program instrument resources.

3) Organize and prepare resources for music teacher professional development. The Program & Operations Intern will have the opportunity to learn about the various tools, resources, and materials that a music teacher can utilize for best practice in the music classroom.

4) Manage and expand the Music Education Library and Resource Center, which will allow ETM-LA staff members to keep track of which items have been borrowed. The Intern will collate and assemble resource materials and design an organized cataloging system.

5) Assist in developing curriculum and lesson planning materials for music teachers. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn about how to write a standard music lesson plan.

Other day-to-day activities will include:

  • Data processing, research, and summarizing findings.
  • Learning database management (with the use of FileMaker Pro).
  • Creating Excel spreadsheets for the management of program evaluation data.
  • Using software programs including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Google Apps.
  • Updating music education curriculum materials, school-year calendars, rosters, and resources.

The Program & Operations Intern should display an earnest interest in music and arts education and must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and dependable. Interest in learning about best practices in music education, assessment methods, database creation and management as well as other software is favorable for this position. Basic computer skills, such as Excel and Word, will be necessary for program evaluation work. A positive attitude, motivation and desire to learn about music education in Los Angeles are also a must.

As a result of this experience, the Program & Operations Intern will be able to:

  • Independently complete a project from beginning to end with minimal supervision.
  • Develop the understanding of best practices in music education.
  • Gain knowledge in program assessment and evaluation for arts education non-profits.
  • Implement a process for overseeing and tracking music instruments and evaluating needed repairs.
  • Develop an efficient library management system, which may be adapted and applied in future work.
  • Improve the curriculum presentation for arts education programs.
  • Further understand the impact that quality music education has on at-risk youth and their communities.

If you are interested in applying, please email a one-page resume, cover letter (between 1,000-2,000 characters, including spaces) with the Subject Header:  “ETM-LA Program & Operations Intern Application” to apply@etmla.org. Please address the letter to Victoria Lanier, Executive Director of Education Through Music-Los Angeles. If you have any questions, email info@etmla.org.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:   Student eligibility for internship positions is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (2-4 year) college students who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2017 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1-September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible to participate. Students must be able to legally work within the United States.

Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree are not eligible. Students who have previously participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time.
The Arts Commission will verify the eligibility of each student invited to participate. Students will be asked to provide documents such as college transcripts, student ID and/or driver’s license, if available, to verify undergraduate enrollment or recent graduation and LA County residence.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 119 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is 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. For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at www.lacountyarts.org.