Our Locations
826LA in Mar Vista
and the Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 915-0200
826LA in Echo Park (map)
and the Time Travel Mart
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3388
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We are now accepting applications  for winter internships.
Internships will start in January 2016.

We are hiring interns for our centers in Mar Vista and Echo Park and at Manual Arts High School!


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.

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Areas of Focus For Mar Vista and Echo Park

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.

Programming Track

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.

January 2016: Outreach and Development Track

-Applications for Outreach and Development Internships will open up in January 2016-

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).


The 826LA at Manual Arts High School Internship is an exciting opportunity to be at the threshold of a developing satellite site at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles. The Manual Arts intern will work closely with both the outreach and programs assistants in the volunteer recruitment and retention efforts, assist in the implementation of projects in the classroom, and provide direct writing support to Manual Arts students. As you work in the Manual Arts community, you will learn the skills it takes to build a volunteer core, establish relationships with campus and community partners, and effectively serve students and teachers. The ideal candidate is organized, adaptable to changing circumstances, and is driven by a desire to empower underserved communities.


The design intern will work closely with the Design Manager to support the execution of materials for all aspects of the organization, from programming to the Time Travel Mart to development. Responsibilities include facilitating the printing of in-house books, designing chapbooks and social media components and aiding in the development of store products. The design intern will need be proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite with advanced knowledge in InDesign and Illustrator. Interns in this track will develop invaluable professional experience and a chance to see how in-house design works for a non-profit. Applicants for this track must submit a portfolio.

General Requirements for all internships

  • Commitment to a set schedule of a minimum of 15 hours a week for 3 months (availability 3 days per week preferred)
  • 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

To Apply

Please send an email to internapplications@826la.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.


To Apply for design internship

Please send an email to designintern@826la.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 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.
  • A PDF portfolio or link to portfolio website
  • Optional: letter of recommendation.


If you have any questions about internships or the application process, please contact Lauren Humphrey in Mar Vista at lauren@826la.org or Mariesa Arrañga Kubasek in Echo Park at mariesakubasek@826la.org.