CASA of Los Angeles

PICS Organization Name
CASA of Los Angeles



Monterey Park, CA

Weekly Stipend
Appox. $513

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns

Organization Description
CASA of Los Angeles mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. CASA’s vision is a Los Angeles in which every child in the child welfare system has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive.

We are a staff of 40, primarily staff who work as advocate supervisors to serve CASA volunteers working with the children and youth we serve, volunteer training staff and recruitment and outreach staff. Our development team consists of five staff. We are officed in the Children's Courthouse where most LA County dependency cases are heard. Our office is an open office and always alive with staff and some of our 950 CASA volunteers preparing for court, attending a training or meeting with their advocate supervisor.

We are always thrilled to host an intern and are specifically excited at the chance to host a Princeton student. We know this student will experience so much around foster care and the challenges of foster care, specific to LA, and aside from everything learned in development will take the experience of working "in the system" and become another voice in support of children in foster care. Our development team will benefit with having the opportunity to share our passion for nonprofit development while having the knowledge that we have the chance to engage with a student around development.

Internship Description

Development intern

Intern will work with special events team in learning about corporate relationships, engaging with current and past corporate supporters of silent and live auctions, and learning the importance of relationship building within corporate philanthropy. This includes working with lists of donors to reach out to, attending meetings with the special events team, communicating with other team members and supporters about the needs of the events team, and reaching out to companies that have the potential to support our event auctions. The benefit from this portion of the work will be adding self-confidence in relationship building, learning about the vast world of corporate philanthropy, and learning of the connection between special events and the success of nonprofit fundraising. The student will also have a solid takeaway around the diversity in philanthropy from businesses big and small.

The intern will work with the donor team on the CASA/LA fall direct mail appeal. From meeting about first thoughts and creative ideas n showing the impact of our donors in regards to our advocacy outcomes to working directly with the team writing the appeal, the student will play a vital role in offering a different perspective to our fall appeal. The benefit for the student will be learning of deeper communication skills, learning how to poll donors while working on a direct mail appeal, working with a team to and learning to share opinions openly knowing they will be honored and seeing the impact to a human services nonprofit that a direct mail piece can have.

Major donor philanthropy. Student will work directly with our Chief Development Officer in working with donor-centered fundraising and donor-centered leadership to build deeper relationships with donors and to use impact in building those relationships. The student will take away a full knowledge of working with major donors, working in planned giving and other routes to securing donations, and knowing what donor-centered fundraising looks like and how it affects a nonprofit and their donors. 

The intern will also go through a quick "nonprofit development 101" to learn about all of our development staff positions and their specific role in supporting the team and the overall work of CASA of LA. She/he will also leave will a strong knowledge of the importance of nonprofit development and of philanthropy in general.

Internship Qualifications

Must be able to pass a background check.

A passion for human services and specifically children who have been abused and/or neglected would be wonderful.

An interest in the nonprofit world

Expected Start Time

8:00 am

Expected End Time
4:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 – no later than August 23

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Our office is located in the Edelman CHildren's Courthouse, right across the highway from Cal State LA. Temporary housing should be very easy to find over the summer.

There will be a required background check which can be completed prior to the student arriving. Our HR manager will communicate with the intern as soon as she/he has chosen us and will ensure a smooth process for the background check.

Evaluation Excerpt

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


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