Meet the Staff & Job Opportunities

Meet the Staff & Jobs

Passionate and driven both in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the world of mega-event planning, the AIDS Walk staff is hard at work to bring you an incredible 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Are you interested in walking, volunteering, fundraising, or donating a product or service? Contact us today at 213.201.9255 (WALK). Our energetic team is happy to assist you!

Internship Opportunities:

AIDS Walk Los Angeles is seeking motivated, enthusiastic individuals to be a part of our team for the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  As the largest fundraising event in Southern California to fight against HIV/AIDS, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has a variety of unique internship opportunities that will provide outstanding professional fundraising and community organizing experience in an energetic atmosphere.  We currently have seven internship opportunities available.

Interns will be asked to take leadership roles and will be encouraged to add their own voice and talents to the event.

Qualifications and Experience:
Internship candidates must possess strong writing and communication skills; they must be self-motivated, positive, and well-organized team players. Computer knowledge is required, including, but not limited to internet research, social media, and Microsoft Office.

Internship Specifications:
AIDS Walk Los Angeles requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week, sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The only exception is the Volunteer Intern who has the flexibility to work evening shifts between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., during our volunteer nights (Monday and Wednesday).  Internship schedules are variable, and each intern will work with their department supervisor to build a schedule that works with their classes or other commitments while also meeting the needs of the department.  Interns will likely be asked to fulfill additional hours during the week leading up to the AIDS Walk, and Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. All AIDS Walk Los Angeles internships come with a monthly stipend, and may be eligible for college credit.

Available Positions and Start Dates:

Teams and Targeted Fundraising Department

Teams Department Interns – August 4 to October 31, 2014
More than 1,500 corporations and community organizations form teams for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, and each year those teams attract more than 75% of all AIDS Walk participants.  These two interns will help the Teams Department implement their massive recruitment and fundraising effort, and will assist with the production and venue set-up on the day of the event.  They will help empower Team Leaders from many sectors, including fashion, arts & theatre, retail, finance, government, travel, and law.  Interns will provide these Team Leaders with the necessary tools to build successful teams through phone calls, emails, assisting with workshops, and occasional off-site visits, thus honing abilities and experience in presentation skills, participant engagement, and outreach strategy.

Star Walker Intern – August 4 to October 31, 2014

Star Walkers are AIDS Walk New York participants who pledge to raise $1,000 or more.  The Star Walker Intern will work with the Star Walker Coordinator to cultivate and energize this important group of fundraisers.  He or she will work on projects including securing product donations, managing the Star Walker database, and helping carry out our massive recruitment effort, which includes drafting e-mail communication and overseeing the in-house recruitment phone-bank during evening hours. This intern will also contribute to the planning of the exclusive Star Walker breakfast on the morning of the event.  The Star Walker Intern must be cheerful, meticulous, and diplomatic.

To apply for the Teams Department or Star Walker internships:
Please email a cover letter and resume to Emily Parson, Senior Supervisor of Teams & Targeted Fundraising:

Event Operations Department

Volunteer Intern – August 4 to October 31, 2014
Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers support AIDS Walk Los Angeles.  The Volunteer Intern will help recruit, organize, manage, and motivate the AIDS Walk volunteers for a variety of projects including: events, mailings, phone banking, canvassing, and other special projects.  He or she will help build and maintain relationships with a diverse population of volunteers from various backgrounds. The Volunteer Intern must be friendly, articulate, and outgoing. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills with afternoon and evening availability to accommodate evening volunteer activity (see above).

Event Operations Intern – August 4 to October 31, 2014
The Event Operations Department is responsible for event logistics and community organizing. This department handles city permitting, vendors, and the master plan of operations for the event. Additionally, the department organizes the annual AIDS Walk Kick-Off Reception, held to honor 350 of AIDS Walk Los Angeles’ most important fundraising participants, and also hires, trains, and manages 20 AIDS Walk Outreach Representatives who distribute promotional materials citywide.  The Event Operations Intern will assist in securing donated products and services, coordinating entertainment along the AIDS Walk Los Angeles route, and planning the Kick-Off Reception. This internship is ideal for someone who is detail-oriented, charismatic, and has an interest in event planning. 

To apply for the Volunteer or Event Operations internships:
Please email a cover letter and resume to Sonya Roberts, Supervisor of Event Operations:

Office Management Department

Office Management Intern – August 4 to October 31, 2014                                      

The Office Management Department is responsible for maintaining office productivity and supplies; tracking event income, expenses, and registrations; processing check requests; and ensuring that phone and email inquiries are handled in a professional and timely manner. The Office Management Intern will assist the Office Coordinator with incoming and outgoing mail, assist with miscellaneous event registration data, answer phones, respond to email inquiries, help maintain accurate data, and perform other administrative tasks as needed.  The Office Management Intern must have a keen attention to detail, be personable, and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

To apply for the Office Management internship:
Please email a cover letter and resume to Bert Champagne, Senior Supervisor of Office Management:

If you have any questions, please call 213.201.9255 (WALK).

Due to the high volume of responses, applications not following the application guidelines outlined above will not be considered.

MZA Events is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnic group identification, race, religion, ancestry, creed, color, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or physical handicap.