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.

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. All NOLABA employees are subject to the Organization’s Public Records Policies and Procedures.

NOLABA’s New Business Model

The New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is the economic development catalyst for the city of New Orleans with a mission to unite a diverse community of stakeholders who catalyze job growth, create wealth, and build an equitable and sustainable economic future for New Orleans. NOLABA is launching a new business model that is business-friendly, people-centered, place-based and resilient.

  • Business-Friendly: The model builds upon its experience in business attraction and growth adding real estate development expertise, business, development and concierge services to support firms in their navigation of permitting, public infrastructure disruption and delivery of timely city services.
  • People-Centered: The model heightens the value of the talent of citizens as a key driver of economic growth. By merging workforce development strategies, NOLABA better ensures employer access to a skilled and reliable workforce and worker access to career paths creating family supporting wages.
  • Place-Based: Strategic neighborhood development strategies promote and support economic development in commercial corridors that have struggled to redevelop in the city’s post-Katrina economy: Districts A & B (i.e., Hollygrove, Gert Town, Mid-City), District C (i.e., Algiers) and Districts D & E (i.e., New Orleans East, Gentilly, Lower 9th Ward). NOLABA’s new place-based program combines business and industry growth, real estate development, economic development incentives and small business development expertise and capacity building.
  • Resilient: NOLABA recognizes the implications and opportunities for a city below sea level to target the green economy as a strategic growth sector. The new business model focuses on developing several critical aspects of a thriving green economy: a skilled green-focused workforce; prepared small businesses and businesses owned by people of color; access to incentives to mitigate investors’ risk; and providing a real-time laboratory for product development in the emerging green economy.

Ultimately, the NOLABA’s new business model leverages the power of effective collaboration and partnership by providing a platform for innovation and giving local government, investors, foundations, financial institutions, business and industry leaders, and social entrepreneurs a dynamic vehicle to address issues of equity and sustainability through market-based approaches.

Director of K-16 Partnerships

The Director of K-16 Partnerships supports collaboration and creates a positive and constructive connection among students, training providers—including colleges, universities and accelerated learning providers—and employers. The position serves as a liaison between training providers and new and existing businesses in Orleans Parish, promoting high-quality K-16 training pipelines to local employers.

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Manager, Business Development & Strategy

The Manager, Business Development & Strategy will establish and support effective workforce connections for local jobseekers, specifically formerly incarcerated individuals. Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Talent Development, the Manager, Business Development & Strategy will develop and assist in the implementation of a transitional employment model. This role will also work closely with the Industry Attraction team as a facilitator connecting programs, jobseekers, and businesses.

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Director, Industrial Business Development & Strategy (2 Positions)

The Director, Industrial Business Development & Strategy leads business development activities including corporate attraction and corporate retention/expansion related to the Industrial sectors including green infrastructure, water management, maritime and advanced manufacturing. Job growth, capital investment, and retention of existing businesses are the major functions of the position.

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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.