Work With LACI

If you are a non-profit, social enterprise,  or small business in the Los Angeles area we invite you to learn more about our services and apply for a 10-week LACI project.

Our application for the Fall 2017 semester is now open! If you have any questions or want to learn more about our process, email Lauren Phillips, LACI VP of Projects, at Please submit completed applications to by midnight on Tuesday, August 1st.

Our Services

Since 2004, Los Angeles Community Impact has partnered with over 150 nonprofits and small businesses. Our clients vary in size, mission, maturity, and reach. We've built on our experiences to develop a professional, results-driven project experience for clients.

Over the course of 10 weeks, your LACI team will work with you to identify your most critical challenges, conduct in-depth primary and secondary research, and generate creative yet practical solutions. Their work will culminate in a detailed, physical deliverable presented to you at our biannual LACI Showcase. The deliverable will explain your team's findings, present its recommendations, and serve as a strategic guide for your organization moving forward.

Your LACI team will consist of 4-5 committed and capable student consultants. LACI selects its members through a competitive schoolwide application process. We provide formal training and feedback to our members and have access to a wide range of project resources. Most importantly, we share a drive and determination to truly make a difference in the LA community. 

LACI is a five-time recipient of USC Student Organization of the Year and a five-time recipient of Most Outstanding Organization at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Project Timeline

What We Expect

A Collaborative Approach

To effectively identify and address the challenges that our clients face, we expect clients to engage actively with their team. Clients should be open to changes in the project scope as the team's research develops. Our process entails at least two in-person meetings and regular email communication.  For our teams to be most effective, clients must be willing to share information that is relevant to their team's decision-making process.  We treat issues of confidentiality seriously and always operate with the best interest of our clients in mind.


Commitment To social impact

LACI is a unique consulting organization at USC in that we focus on projects that we believe will positively impact the Los Angeles community. We expect clients to have a focused social mission and that our projects will tangibly help them achieve that mission.

Focused Vision

We expect clients to have a clear idea of their project and the impact they hope it will have on their organization. LACI teams work with their clients to flush out a full scope, but projects with a clear direction are usually more successful.  We take projects with a strategic focus, rather than implementation-based projects that a traditional intern would undertake.

Example Projects

Past Clients

1000 Petaled Strokes

Abbot Kinney First Friday’s Blog

A Better L.A.

A New Way of Life


African Marketplace

African Millennium Foundation

American Friends Service Committee

Amigos de los Rios

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services

Arctic Hotspot

Arts for LA

Arts High Foundations

Asomugha Foundation


Azla Vegan


Back on My Feet LA

Beat the Streets LA

Blind Start of America

Blue Penguin

Bo J.C. Jewelry

Boys & Girls Club of East LA

Brave One Entertainment

Breakaway Bakery

Breathe LA


Cabbage Patch


Career Elementary

Carmela Ice Cream


Center for Lifelong Learners

CHLA Injury Prevention Program

CHLA Pediatric Disaster Resource Center

City TV

CMD Electrical

Community Development Technologies Center

Community Family Health Council

Community Health Councils

Community Lawyers

Community Services Unlimited

Crown Jewel Club

Delilah Bakery

Dig 4 Kids

Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy

Downtown Farmers Market

Downtown Women's Center

Dynamite Network Solutions

Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles

Ella’s Foundation

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

Fidelity Printing

Flamenco LA

Foundation for Second Chances

FSS Project Tech

Garden School Foundation

Getting Out by Going In

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girls Club

Gorilla Life

Green Camps Initiative

Green Dot Public Schools


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Personal Care Technology

Petal Pushers

Piece by Piece

Positive Television

Primas De La Vina

Project Angel Food

Project: Possibility

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Raw Cane Juice

Reading to Kids

ReAwaken Hope

reDiscover Center


Sands of Silence


Santa Monica Farmer's Market

School on Wheels

Shark Wheel

Shelter Hope Pet Shop

Sherman Library and Gardens

Southern Girl Desserts

Speakers Ecetera

Stasis Labs

Stone & Cloth

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

Streetcraft L.A.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Sustainable Works

Susuli Limited



The Arnold C. Yoder Survivor Foundation

The Avenue 50 Studio

The Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce

The Bresee Foundation

The Brotherhood Crusade

The Club Mix

The Community Artists’ Guild, Inc.

The Dan Eldon Project

The Laurel Foundation

The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation

The Mighty

The National Football League Players Association

The Pasadena Birthing Project

The Safety Girls

The Soldier’s Project

The USC Marshall Office of Student Service

The USC School for Early Childhood Education


The Village Family Services

The World Is Just A Book Away

Theatre of Hearts

Theodore Payne Foundation


Union Station Homeless Services

United States Green Building Council

Urban Scholar Athletes

USC Community Education Academy

Vision to Learn

Ward Economic Development Corporation

Wayuu Taya Foundation

Woodcraft Rangers

Working Wardrobes

Harold Robinson Foundation

Hip Hop Chocolates

Hollywood Pal

Imagine LA

Innovative Education Group

Inquilinos Unidos

Inspiration Project

Inspiring DIVAs


Isidore Electronics

Jazz Hands for Autism

Jobstarts, Inc.

Joyful Foundation

Kiss My Bundt

Kogi BBQ Truck


L.B. Cool Treats

LA Boost

LA Compost

LA Kitchen

LA LGBT Center

LA Mission

LA Neighborhood Housing Services

LA Net


Language Zen

Leadership for Urban Renewal Network

Let’s Give Them a Shot

Literature for Life

Living Advantage, Inc.

Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinics

Los Angeles Community Garden Council

Los Angeles Preparatory and Performing Arts Center

Los Angeles Reading Radio Service

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

Making Computers Simple for Everyone

Marshall School of Business, HOH 200


Medifam of California

Merced County and City of Atwater, California

Million Trees LA

Mitzi Baker, Inc.

Monkey Business Cafe

Moore 4 More Tutoring Services

Most Valuable Majors, LLC

Mt. Washington Preschool and Childcare

Muslims for Progressive Values

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship

National Institute of Community Enlightenment

Neighbors Acting Together Helping All

New Economics for Women: Arroyo Vista

New Economics for Women: Connect

NEXUS Forums

No Right Brain Left Behind

Open Paths

Operation Progress

Origami Vinyl

Our Daily Bread

PACE Business Development Center

Panther Ridge Farm

Paul Robeson Community Center

People Who Care Youth Center

Not ready just yet? 

If you are interested in applying for a LACI project but don't want to commit for this upcoming cycle, please add your email to our client mailing list. We'll reach out when the application process for the next cycle begins.

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