Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

Have some time on your hands and want to make a difference?

Levantine Cultural Center is a unique place with a friendly, relaxed work environment. Our focus is  building bridges and we achieve this by creating public arts programs that provide a safe space for cultures in conflict to come together.

Volunteers can apply themselves to a variety of tasks and situations, and often work on specific projects or public programs. Interns typically work 12-20 hours per week for a pre-determined period concluding with an evaluation and recommendation. Here's what one intern commented about her summer with us:

"I had a great summer at the Levantine Center. I was able to learn about every step of how a not -for-profit organization runs—from the creation of an idea, to contacting constituents, to writing grant letters, to meeting with board members and everything in between. I can't imagine a better education! Getting to learn about and interact with the diverse Middle East population of Los Angeles was an amazing experience and it has changed the way that I look at some of the problems, and possible solutions, to the Middle East. I can't suggest the experience highly enough!"

Available Positions 

Assistant to the Director — Works directly with the director on all the facets of running a busy nonprofit organization. This is a multidisplinary position. MAC and/or PC skills with Microsoft Office desirable. Familiarity with Arabic, Farsi or other Middle Eastern language is helpful. Flexible schedule, 20 hours per week. Includes fringe benefits and a stipend.

Media Assistant (web, audio-visual) — Assist with new media improvements to web site and programs. Experience with any of the following is desirable: graphic design, photography, videotaping/editing and/or sound recording/editing desirable.

Program Assistant Internship — Work directly with the artistic director on programs, membership and other tasks, as needed. MAC and/or PC skills with Microsoft Office desirable. Familiarity with Arabic, Farsi or other Middle Eastern language is helpful. Flexible hours, 15-20 per week. Includes fringe benefits.

PR/Marketing Assistant Internship — This part-time pr/marketing internship focuses on assisting with media and community outreach. Intern will improve our media list, coordinate radio, TV and print communications, and do outreach to select foundations and like-minded organizations, promoting the programs and general profile of the center. Strong communication skills and some guerrilla marketing or community organizing experience are desirable. Flexible hours, 15-20 per week. Includes fringe benefits.

Calendar Editor — Levantine Cultural Center has one of the finest calendars anywhere, listing cultural arts events in Southern California—all within a Middle East/North African and Mediterranean context, yet we seek to constantly improve this public service. Become our new Calendar Editor, and work mostly from your own computer, with occasional hours in the office. Interact with people in management positions, as you request complementary tickets, services or other in-kind exchanges that help grow the Center and benefit our members. This position offers the possibility of implementing some of your own ideas. Time commitment flexible but requires a minimum of 2 hours per week. You will receive occasional free tickets and other fringe benefits.

Contributing Editors — Work as an editor for our online monthly publication, Levantine Review which regularly explores the literature, music, poetry, philosophy and other humanities of the Middle East. Implement your editing skills while further enriching your own knowledge of the Middle East/North Africa. You'll help us make the review a stronger feature of the center by soliciting contributions from a range of writers, from those well-established to younger, emerging contributors. View our current edition. Flexible hours, 12-20 per month with fringe benefits.

Film Committee Chair — Are you a film buff? Have you worked in the film industry? We have presented numerous independent films, organized cast/crew screenings and conversations with directors. Recent partners include the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival, AFI and others. We are seeking a volunteer to oversee our visual arts track. You will help redevelop our film committee, make film and video selections, coordinate publicity, and represent the center at screenings.

Fundraiser/Grantwriter — Do you have fundraising skills from having worked with other nonprofit or cultural arts organizations? Are you concerned about the need to support intercultural dialogue and exchange? We are in great need of a talented fundraising person who begin on a volunteer basis and then shift to a contractual relationship. Our primary focus is in capacity building, with only about 30% of grant applications submitted for programs.

Project Manager — Levantine Cultural Center has a committed Board of Directors, each of whom in turn oversees volunteer members who co-chair a number of committees. We seek a highly organized individual, whose sole responsibility will be to manage others as they address the tasks designated by the board. You will maintain a roster of people and assignments and simply check in with everyone on the list, giving moral support while urging completion of tasks in a timely fashion. This is an excellent opportunity to build leadership skills. Upon successful completion of a trial period, the new Project Manager will be invited to join our Board of Directors.

Additional volunteers are sought on a continuing basis, to assist us in the production of arts programs. Help run our membership table, get out mailings, keep our mailing list updated and an array of other tasks. Please contact Levantine Cultural Center at 310.657.5511 or 657.5522.

Bana Hilal Bridgebuilder Scholarship Fund

Beginning in 2011, for the first time, the Levantine Cultural Center will administer the Bana Hilal Bridgebuilder Scholarship Fund. A qualified student will begin each September and December, when the Levantine Cultural Center will award paid scholarships to college applicants in their junior or senior year. The Fund, generously supported with a grant from the Irvine-based company Applied Medical, provides for a paid 90-day internship at the center, where students can learn valuable new skills, broaden their horizons, expand their network of contacts, and build their resumé.

To fund additional scholarships for meritorious students, contact 310.657.5511, M-F.

Interested students should send their resumé and a cover letter explaining their interest in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) to