NOLABA Careers and Internships

The New Orleans Business Alliance is the city’s official economic development agency, accredited by the International Economic Development Council since 2017. A nonprofit organization, NOLABA employs the best practices in economic development to reposition New Orleans as the next great American city for business investment.

NOLABA is a partnership between the City of New Orleans and private investors from the local community. Join our team and help us achieve our mission to unite a diverse community of stakeholders who catalyze job growth, create wealth and build an equitable and sustainable economic future in New Orleans.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Director, Bio Business Development & Strategy

The Director, Bio Business Development & Strategy leads business development activities including corporate attraction and corporate retention/expansion related to the Bio Innovation and Health Services (BIO) industry sector. Job growth, capital investment and retention of existing businesses are the major functions of the position.

Vice President, Talent Development

The Vice President, Talent Development develops and implements a comprehensive strategy to increase the availability of skilled and ready workers to meet local and regional industry demands. Through well-designed sector strategies, this position delivers effective programs for employment, retention, promotion, career advancement and succession planning for local employers.

Manager, Stakeholder Experience

The Manager, Stakeholder Experience works with NOLABA staff members, Board of Directors and community partners to plan, produce and execute special events, meetings and other projects as required on behalf of the organization. This role demands extensive customer service skills, a high level of professionalism and willingness to handle all planning and administrative details of meetings and events.

Manager, Marketing and Communications

The Manager, Marketing and Communications will lead tactical direction of the Marketing & Communications functions related to projects involving NOLABA’s digital channels, social media, web development, graphic design, data management, and increasing the presence and visibility of our brand. The Manager will assist with development of media content on local and national levels. As our brand and organization grows, we also continue to develop innovative ways to strategically strengthen our presence in the market.

Special Assistant to the EVP/COO

The Special Assistant coordinates and provides administrative support to the Executive Vice President/COO of the New Orleans Business Alliance to include compiling briefing books, scheduling appointments, and handling various administrative support duties as assigned. This position requires an individual who exemplifies excellent customer service traits, manages confidential information professionally, exhibits a high degree of trustworthiness, is resourceful and can work autonomously.

NOLABA Internship Opportunities

New Orleans Business Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is seeking qualified candidates for spring and summer internship positions. Options include, but are not limited to, internships in the following departments:

  • Business Development: Creative Digital Media
  • Business Development: Bio
  • Economic Competitiveness
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Program Development
  • Retail Development
  • Small Business Ecosystem Development

The role of a NOLABA intern will be to work on key projects that are critical to achieving the organization’s goal of creating jobs and wealth in New Orleans. This project can then be used by the intern to fulfill education requirements such as a final project, capstone or thesis.

An internship with NOLABA represents a significant career opportunity. In some circumstances, an internship with NOLABA may be approved for educational credit (including at the graduate level). A minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week is required.

While NOLABA is not able to offer financial compensation to interns, there are many benefits affiliated with these positions:

  • Opportunities to network with staff and external partners
  • One-on-one mentoring from NOLABA leadership
  • Dedicated office space, computer and office supplies

Desired candidate attributes:

  • Broad interest in economic development and the revitalization of New Orleans
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate self-initiative
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Understanding of professional protocol

Interested students should email There are a limited number of positions available. This is an ongoing program with spring, summer and fall intern groups.

NOLABA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NOLABA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

NOLABA expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of NOLABA employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.