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Fall Quarter Internship opportunity with the LA Mayor's Office

The LA Mayor's Office of International Relations is seeking interns for the fall quarter, applications now accepted on a rolling basis

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

This internship is an opportunity to gain experience in international affairs by contributing to the day-to-day operations of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, as well as taking part in longer term projects and assignments.

Both part-time and full-time internships are available on a rolling basis, with a minimum requirement of 15 hours a week for an 8-week period. Interns will report to one of three Directors. Although the positions are unpaid, the internship may be used for college credit, depending on the college’s requirements. Free parking is provided.

ABOUT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The mission of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA) is to expand L.A.’s global connections and influence to bring more jobs, economic opportunity, culture, education, and visitors to Los Angeles. Led by Deputy Mayor (Amb.) Nina Hachigian, MOIA works with partners to ensure Los Angeles is the best city it can be for the 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games and beyond, as well as advancing L.A.’s international leadership on issues, such as sustainability, inclusiveness, resiliency, and innovation.

MOIA oversees three key areas: 1) international relations, policy, and protocol, 2) international trade and investment, and 3) Olympics and Paralympic development. The office is the City’s primary liaison to the City’s diplomatic corps, international partners and organizations, and visiting foreign delegations. The office also focuses on attracting foreign investment to Los Angeles, as well as working across the city on readiness and legacy efforts for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. MOIA also works with city, county, and external partners on the Sustainable Development Goals, a framework put forward by the United Nations (UN) for tracking progress on specific indicators relating to social and environmental advancement. The office helps organize major international events in L.A., represents the City at international conferences and forums, staffs Mayor Eric Garcetti’s foreign engagements and travel, and provides the City policy guidance on global issues.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Conduct research concerning international relations, international trade, economic
policy, and other topics, as needed
● Assist with arranging and hosting international delegations at City Hall
● Draft briefing papers, memos, presentations, and talking points, as requested
● Assist Directors in executing projects and large-scale events, as needed
● Engage with other Mayor’s office or city staff on areas of collaboration, as directed
● Provide clerical and other administrative support, as required

ELIGIBILITY

● Interns must be undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates of a
college, university, vocational school, or master’s program.
● Ideal candidates must:
○ Excellent verbal and written communication skills
○ Strong research skills
○ A high attention to detail
○ The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with minimal guidance
○ A commitment to public service

TO APPLY

Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (2-4 pages) to david.ou@lacity.org. In the cover letter, please identify the area of work that interests you most: 1) international relations, policy, and protocol, 2) international trade and investment, 3) Olympics and Paralympic development, and/or 4) UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs accepts applications on a rolling basis.