Business Development Intern

Larta institute
February 14, 2024

Location: Los Angeles (HQ in Downtown LA)

Who is Larta Institute?

Larta Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship. 
Our mission is to foster science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet. 

Our planet is experiencing significant global problems created by human behavior and policies affecting the environment, food, education, energy, and healthcare systems. New science and technology play a critical role in transforming how we sustainably feed, fuel, and heal the world.  

Larta was founded in 1993, in Los Angeles, funded by the state of California as a Regional Technology Alliance to stimulate the economic development of technology-based enterprises in Southern California. Larta quickly became the national partner for numerous federal government agencies to commercialize novel research and innovation – including DARPA, NIH, DOE, NSF, NIST, NOAA, and USDA. 

Today, our innovation platform and ecosystem accelerate new science and technology from idea to sustainable enterprise – by providing a unique combination of connections, resources, and funding. We have helped over 4,500 startups, and our alumni have raised over $6.5 billion in funds. 

Together, let’s feed, fuel, and heal the world.

Internship Overview

We are seeking a highly motivated self-starter with exceptional multi-tasking and writing skills and passion for technology-driven innovation to join the Larta team. This internship is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in the intersection of innovation, science, and entrepreneurship. As Larta continues to expand its reach and range of programs, we’re looking for key support for our Business Development team. Candidates’ majors and interests should align with our organizational mission and culture to ensure a good fit for the internship. 

What will you do?

As a Business Development Intern, you must possess the ability to efficiently manage your time and be extremely detail oriented. You must also be willing to team with the Marketing Team on projects, proposals, and development support. Excellent analytical, verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to be successful at this position.

What would my day look like?

  • Perform research on industry sectors, entrepreneurship across various regions/countries and international innovation environments.
  • Conduct research for and contribute to proposals and white papers using both Larta’s internal portal and external sources.
  • Assist with programs execution, as needed.
  • Support in creation of PowerPoint presentations and marketing materials. 
  • Assistance with logistics for external conferences/events. 

What skills and experience does Larta require?

  • Currently enrolled in an Undergraduate degree program (preferably in a science, economics, or a business-related field).
  • Familiarity with vocabulary, concepts and theories of innovation, entrepreneurship and international development preferred.
  • CRM experience preferred.
  • Commitment to internship for at least 6 months; longer commitments preferred.
  • Available to work 15-29 hours per week.
  • Proficient in Office 365, specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with data analysis tools is a plus.
  • Strong presentation skills and professional presence.

Diversity Equity, and Inclusion

Larta Institute is committed to providing an accessible, safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all. Our Anti-Discrimination Policy aims to ensure that all members of the Larta Institute community – including our staff, startup founders, mentors, government officials, industry executives, investors, speakers, sponsors, donors, advisory board members, and other community members – are treated with dignity and respect in an open culture that is free from harassment, discrimination, violence, and other inappropriate conduct.

Larta Institute is committed to diversity, equitable access, and inclusion.

Employment Status: Internship

Hourly Pay Range: $16.87

Hybrid Position: Must be able to physically report to office at least once a week.

E-Verify Program

As a federal contractor, Larta Institute is required to participate in the federal government’s E-Verify program, which confirms employment authorization of all newly hired employees and existing employees through an electronic database maintained by the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. For new hires, the E-Verify process is completed in conjunction with the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification on or before the first day of work. E-Verify is not used as a tool to pre-screen candidates. For up-to-date information on E-Verify, go to and click on ‘E-Verify’ located near the bottom of the page.

How to Apply

Complete an application, including providing a resume and cover letter here.


This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management’s discretion.

Larta is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of Larta’s overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Larta Institute is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.

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About Larta Institute

Each year, we select over 500 founders and ventures to join our startup accelerators. We provide innovators with access to our programs, ecosystem, and funding, which all play a vital role in supporting the development and implementation of their solutions.

Programs Overview

Community Labs

Publicly-Funded Government Programs

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