2024 Summer Internship – Apply Now!

Development & Database Intern – Job Summary

Summary: The Development and Database Intern will play an integral role in the development and execution of LAYO’s 25th Anniversary Campaign to launch Fall 2024, working in tandem with the Executive Director. The Development and Database Intern will lead in the development of a robust stewardship plan, create a fundraising campaign for the 25th, and be responsible for database and donor segmentation.

The Development and Database Intern’s duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Update and manage our donor database, creating a process for data hygiene and relationship management with stakeholders. Data hygiene tasks include segmentation, updating of contact information, and ensuring stewardship tactics are executed in a timely manner.
  2. Work with the Executive Director on the development and execution of a robust stewardship plan.
  3. Inputting all gifts into our database and generation/distribution of acknowledgement letters within 24 hours of receipt of gift.
  4. Conduct an audit of the donor section of the LAYO website and work with the Executive Director on recommendations for growth.
  5. Collect stories and copy for the Annual Report, grant materials and storytelling as part of the 25th Anniversary Campaign.Research of grant opportunities and collection of necessary materials for grant applications.

The Development and Database Intern will be required to attend all LAYO rehearsals (10 per semester) and performances (2 per semester) to support the Executive Director in hosting and donor stewardship.


  1. Data driven fundraising strategies and how to adjust based on the data
  2. Community driven storytelling, centering the students, and learning how to approach storytelling with equity and inclusivity.
  3. Current development best practices, based on the Benevon Model of Philanthropy
  4. Data hygiene and CRM reporting
  5. Donor segmentation
  6. An enhanced understanding of the power of music on young people’s lives

The experience of the intern will teach them about the intersectionality of the arts, creative economy, nonprofit sector, and civic life. The work we do is artistically fulfilling, but also gives so much to the community and is creating an entire generation of leaders, the future of culture.


  • Copywriting for development
  • Experience with database management and segmentation
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Benevon Model of Philanthropy and the principals of “Decolonizing Wealth”
  • Graphic Design skills would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Mailchimp, Filemaker, and Google Workspace
  • Interpersonal skills for donor stewardship and hosting


  • Recruitment to begin June 3
  • Interviews early-mid July
  • Hiring end of July 
  • Internship term: August -December 2024
  • 15-20 hours/week up to a maximum of 400 hours
  • Compensation: $17.28/hour


Submit a resume and cover letter to Joyce LaBriola, LAYO’s Executive Director, via email at jlabriola@losangelesyouthorchestra.org.

This position is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture’s Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program.