and the Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
and the Time Travel Mart
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
826LA is now accepting applications for Summer Internships at our Mar Vista and Echo Park centers. There are two positions open at each location. Please make sure to mention site preference in your application. Applicants must be available to work June through mid-August.
Deadline for applications is May 7, 2014
826LA is looking for interns who are passionate about education and about our mission. Working in a high-energy work environment, interns learn about using creativity to engage youth from underserved communities, volunteer management, communications, and the ins and outs of an established education non-profit. The 826LA internship is designed to expose interns to the wide range of work at a non-profit while allowing for a degree of specialization. Interns support the day-to-day administrative functions of our organization as well as medium- and long-term capacity-building projects. We are looking for enthusiastic, professional, and dedicated individuals who are self-motivated team players with a strong sense of social justice.
826LA interns commit to 15 or more hours a week of unpaid experience for 3 months (this may be shorter for summer internships); interns may have the option of extending this term following a review. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, but some programs and events begin before 10am or take place evenings and weekends. Interns typically work during office hours, but schedules may vary to accommodate the availability and focus of interns and needs of the programs. 826LA internships are flexible positions—one’s day-to-day duties will range in complexity and depth and will be dictated by the organization’s needs. However, we encourage potential interns to review their area(s) of interest and consider the following intern tracks when applying. Over the course of the interview and orientation process, 826LA will work with interns to develop a specialized program of work for their term.
Areas of Focus
Note: These three tracks do not represent the entire spectrum of possible experiences at 826LA, but do form the main core of intern duties. Other roles, including opportunities to work with store staff and designers, also present themselves.
Program interns will work closely with Programs Staff to support our Tutoring, Field Trips, In-Schools, and/or Workshops. Program interns must have a strong interest in serving youth of various ability levels and ages and from diverse backgrounds. Interns will provide direct service to 826LA students throughout their internship period as tutors and writing coaches, and grow into leadership roles as they become familiar with the challenges and strategies for success in their respective programs.
Volunteer Outreach and Support Track
826LA functions only with the dedication of a large corps of volunteer tutors. Successful volunteer recruitment and retention requires an outgoing individual who can quickly learn the processes behind orientations, trainings, and other volunteer support activities. Volunteer interns will aid the Volunteer Staff with communications, paperwork processing, new volunteer recruitment, and will grow to lead orientations, to host trainings, and to serve as a spokesperson for 826LA at outreach events.
Outreach and Development Track
An outreach and development intern will be an outgoing and passionate ambassador for 826LA. Responsibilities include participating in planning community events and fundraisers, writing for 826LA’s blog and social media, and supporting fundraising. Interns in this track may also be responsible for compiling information for 826LA newsletters, writing copy for event announcements, and assisting with grant proposals. Note that many outreach and fundraising events take place evenings and weekends. Applicants for this track must also submit a writing sample (see below).
- Commitment to a set schedule of a minimum of 15 hours a week for 3 months (availability 3 days per week preferred); Summer interns: commitment to a set schedule of a minimum of 15 hours a week for June through mid-August
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong attention to detail and high level of organization
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and Google Apps (Drive, Calendar, Gmail, etc.)
- Desire to work in an organization with a strong spirit of social justice
- Completion of a criminal background check, administered by 826LA
- Experience with children in professional setting a plus
- Design software skills, especially Adobe Creative Suite, a plus
- Access to car a plus
- Spanish language proficiency a plus
- 15% off at the Time Travel Mart
- Access to a national coalition of education non-profits at an established community organization
- A close-up view of the complex functions of a dynamic education non-profit
- The opportunity to gain valuable experience in classrooms and unique tutoring settings
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes:
- A cover letter explaining what strengths you will bring to the position; what you hope to gain from the experience; your preference, if any, for a specific intern track; your preference for site location (Mar Vista or Echo Park); and your availability (specify which date you are able to start).
- A resume that reflects relevant experience and skills.
- A list of professional references (no more than three) with email addresses and telephone numbers.
- For the Outreach and Development track: A writing sample no longer than 500 words.
- Optional: letter of recommendation.