Program Design Intern

CRE Outreach is currently recruiting for a paid Program Design internship to help us launch a new performance series at The Blue Door called the “Saturday Spotlight Series.”

The Spotlight Series is intended to help CRE Outreach attract new audiences, forge new partnerships, and embed us into our new community. The series will be a weekly hour-long, community-building event, where we invite artists from around the community to share a brief performance and include an interactive component such as a potluck, a talk back, or a community discussion.

The intern will work closely with CRE Outreach’s artistic director to plan, design, create, and implement the “Saturday Spotlight Series.”


The 10-week project will involve the following key duties:

  • Research – the bulk of the 10 weeks will be spent researching new artists for the series, through internet research, phone calls, emails, networking events, and attending performances throughout Los Angeles. The intern must be comfortable speaking on behalf of CRE Outreach and approaching new artists to appear in the series.
  • Arts Administration – the intern will need to research artists, follow up with phone calls and emails, organize information in a spreadsheet, and think about ways to measure the program’s success.
  • Production – the intern will need to provide detailed notes for the production staff regarding scheduling and logistics, as well as understand The Blue Door’s technical specifications well enough to decide if a potential artist would be a good fit for our venue and the Spotlight series.
  • Marketing – the intern will work with our PR consultant to think of ways to market this grassroots series, based on the new partnerships formed with the artists of the series.
  • Budgeting – the intern will create a budget for the series, thinking about potential costs, potential revenues, and ways to ensure that the program is sustainable.


The intern must have excellent internet research skills. The intern must be comfortable communicating with artists via phone, email, and in-person. The intern must be willing to attend networking events, performances, and events such as the local farmer’s market in order to search for new participants for the series. (When needed, CRE Outreach will provide adjusted working hours for attendance at events outside of the office. The intern may use any appropriate method of transportation in order to attend these events.)

The intern must be highly organized and able to keep track of all research. The intern must also have skills in the Microsoft suite (Word and Excel) in order to turn their research into the schedule for the program series. And finally, the intern will need to use an email program and Dropbox in order to share files with other staff. Above all else, the intern must possess a desire to make the arts more accessible to all Angelenos.


Main office: 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 502, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Occasionally the intern will work at The Blue Door: 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232


Compensation for the 10-week internship is $5,300 ($13.25/hour, $530/week). Payment will be made via CRE Outreach’s bi-weekly payroll and subject to applicable employee taxes.


This internship is made possible by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The LA County Arts Internship Program provides undergraduates with meaningful experience working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting those organizations and developing future arts leaders.

The position is open to currently enrolled undergraduate (2 or 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, 2018, or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1 – September 1, 2018 in order to participate. Students must be able to legally work in the United States.

The earliest that interns can start their 2018 internships is Monday, June 4, and the latest is Monday, June 18. The student must work full-time (40 hours per week) for 10 consecutive weeks after the start date and must complete the internship no later than August 24, 2018.

In addition to working at CRE Outreach, the intern will participate in education events and Peer Group activities coordinated by the Arts Commission. In the summer of 2018, 179 positions are available. A list of available positions is here. For more information about the overall Arts Commission internship program, you can read the 2017 Arts Internship Program Final Report, which includes a summary and evaluation from the perspectives of both interns and supervisors.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: no later than Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Please put “program design intern” in the subject line of the email. Phone interviews will be conducted May 7–11, 2018. Decisions will be made by May 18, 2018.

CRE Outreach’s programs are targeted at three traditionally underserved groups: at-risk youth, military veterans, and people with disabilities. Our new theatre in Culver City is designed to increase access to the arts for everyone. Applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.