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2019 Summer Communications Internship

Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program:  Education Through Music-LA


COMMUNICATIONS INTERN – (10 Weeks – Summer 2019)


Job Description

The Communications Intern will work for a 10-week period with the Executive Director, Development Manager, and Development Associate to develop, enhance, and present a 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 publicity and outreach efforts.


The ETM-LA Communication 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, current programs and efforts, answers to FAQ’s, and photos representing our programs. The Communications Intern will help identify key information to be included in the brochure and will collaborate with the Executive Director to determine the most engaging way in which to organize the pamphlet.
  2. Update ETM-LA’s Associates Brochure: contains key information about ETM-LA’s Associates Board (junior board) and ways to get involved. The intern will work to tailor this brochure to engage the 20-30-year-old age group. In addition, the 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 ETM-LA Communications Intern will assist with interviewing constituents involved in ETM-LA programs (i.e. music teacher, students, principals, parents, donors) and help write and create short “spotlight” stories with pictures about the impact ETM-LA has on the individual and their school/community.
  5. Collaborate with ETM-LA staff in writing and editing articles, choosing pictures, and designing the newsletter theme and layout. In addition, the intern will help determine the most efficient and effective methods of distribution for the newsletter. The newsletter will capture the organization’s accomplishments for the year and serve as a marketing and fundraising tool.


The Communications Intern should display an earnest interest in music and music education and must be highly organized, detail-oriented and dependable. Interest in Communications/PR, graphic design, and writing is favorable for this position. Basic computer skills, such as Excel and Word, as well as advanced knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, will be necessary. A positive attitude, initiative taker, team-player, interest in the education field, motivation, and desire to learn about music education in Los Angeles are also a must.
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.
  • Using software programs including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Provide special events support by conducting interviews and obtaining quotes and footage of donors/attendees to later be used in promotional materials.


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 creation of an overarching communications plan
  • 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
  • Present program data in meaningful ways
  • Further understand the impact that quality music education has on at-risk youth and their communities
  • Gain knowledge in program assessment/evaluation for arts education non-profits and ways in which to present the resulting data
  • Identify different constituent groups of an arts education non-profit organization and develop and customize the most engaging communication styles for each group


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 Please address the letter to Victoria Lanier, Executive Director of Education Through Music-Los Angeles. If you have any questions, email Eligibility Requirements – See Below.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Student eligibility for internship positions is limited currently enrolled community or undergraduate four-year college/university students who reside in or attend college within the LA County. Students must have completed at least one semester or the equivalent by June 1, 2019 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1, 2019, and September 1, 2019 in order to be eligible to participate. Students must be able to legally work within the United States.


Students who have or will have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or higher degree, on or before April 30, 2019 are not eligible. Students who have previously served as interns in the County’s Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time. The Arts Commission will verify the eligibility of each students invited to participate in the Arts Internship Program. 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. More than 130 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at over 100 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. 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