Intern, Economic Development Initiatives

Inclusive Action for the City is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities through innovative urban planning strategies, advocacy, action-­‐oriented research, and responsible development. Founded in 2008, the organization employs a multi-­‐disciplinary approach to its work, creating spaces for new ideas, compiling research, supporting local entrepreneurs and leaders, and helping other organizations implement their innovations.


Inclusive Action administers a suite of economic development initiatives that provide resources to businesses and entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods. These initiatives include:

COMPRA Foods, a purchasing cooperative and distribution program managed in partnership with the LA Food Policy Council and API Forward Movement. COMPRA Foods aims to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in low-income neighborhoods by leveraging the collective purchasing power of small grocers and convenience stores in low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

The Semi’a Fund, a micro-loan fund focused on providing low-interest loans to entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods. The Semi’a Fund focuses its outreach on entrepreneurs in the informal economy and other business owners who have an entrepreneurial vision but no access to capital. In addition to capital, the Semi’a Fund offers one-on-one coaching for its clients.

In addition to this work, Inclusive Action advocates for thoughtful urban policy such as the legalization of street vendors, and maintains a portfolio of clients through its mission-oriented consulting practice.

Internship Opportunity 

Join our team for an opportunity to:

  • Work closely with our Economic Development Associate supporting our Semi’a Fund program;

  • Drive primary research that supports the business growth opportunities of our entrepreneurs;

  • Develop tools to support the facilitation of workshops and trainings;

  • Support data tracking; and

  • Underwriting of cash-based businesses.

Ideal Candidate 

Is curious and eager to develop new skills and open to sharing their talents to support the growth of our program. They also possess the following competencies:

  • Attention to detail, flexible, strong follow through and ability to embrace the unexpected;

  • Ability to conduct basic research to determine business opportunities and strategic direction;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Verbal and written fluency in the Spanish language;

  • Outgoing, friendly, and positive personality; and

  • Self-motivated, as well as a strong team player.


Applicant must at minimum be a junior in college, or have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university with major course work in urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field. Experience with Microsoft, Adobe Creative, and Canva is desirable. 


This internship is part-time for up to 12 months, pays $15 -$18 an hour (depending on experience), and does not include benefits. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to For more information on our organization, please visit

Julie Jung